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Waipio Valley Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honokaa, Hawaii, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,020 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Beach

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Matt Marcotte
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HikingMuddyNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Wow! What a hike down and back. The beach is relaxing and gorgeous. Be careful crossing the stream and continue down the beach for more quietness and relaxation. Bring plenty of fluids if you are walking it instead of driving it. Good luck and enjoy! #thisguytravels303

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Hatem Askar
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HikingBlowdownRocky
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Kati Ryan
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Hiking

Worth the hike down and back out. Beautiful views. Go swimming and soak in what this wonderful beach has to offer.

Lacey Jones
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Stunning. A highlight of my Hawaii trip

Brent Shakeshaft
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Hiking

Beautiful go early and you will have this amazing spot to yourself

Shannon Laracuente
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Hiking

Beautiful views and beach but be prepared for the hike. The incline on the road is very steep. Make sure you wear good hiking shoes. This is a challenging hike and well worth it!

Mckayla Manyen
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HikingPrivate propertyRocky

As everybody has been writing the hike down is very steep. When walking down I knew that walking back up was going to kill me . My friend and I had hopes of walking right to the waterfall however everything was private property. The only way to get to the waterfall would be to walk in the stream which was very rocky and slippery. However you do get a nice view of the falls from afar. Luckily my friend and I got a ride from a nice couple who had a Jeep and they gave us a ride to the black sand beach and than back up the steep trail. The trail is mostly all broken up cement. So be careful

Crendal Kear
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Hiking

Trail is steep at beginning so back up is a good cardio workout. Beach at end is rocky on one side of river. If you cross river, you’ll get to a sandy beach but rather rough water. Views are worth the trek

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James Christman
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Hiking

Great trail! Much steeper than expected but incredible vistas. If you wade through the river, do so nearest to the ocean or else the rocks are brutal

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Chantal Caron
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HikingNo shade

J’ai adoré cette randonnée! C’est vraiment très pente de sorte que je l’ai fait en serpentant presque tout au long de la descente. C’est boueux par moment mais avec des espadrilles ou des bottes de marche, il n’y a pas de souci. Arrivé en bas, la plage est majestueuse et sauvage. La remontée est Cardio mais c’est bon! Très satisfaisant!,,

Kathleen Hertzer
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HikingMuddy

Great short trail!! No joke about the elevation change. The actual hard core trail starts across the valley. I didn’t stay long at the beach bc of time constraints but it looked a little rocky to me but could have been high tide? Be prepared for a workout on the way back up. And for horses hanging around. Literally a 900ft climb in about a mile with vehicles coming at you on a tiny road (the horses stay in the valley). Awesome views.

Brent Shakeshaft
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Hiking

This is my Hawai’i favorite of the 6 islands, it’s an easy hike but the beach and valley has amazing energy and tranquility. Get there by 8AM as parking is limited and it’s the best time, only 7 of us down there. Beach Is beautiful black fine sand and waves but looked OK to swim if you stay near to shore, a few surfers were out. The other reason to go earlier is to avoid the 4WD crowd who can drive down to the beach. If your older like me sticks help on the way back up, the road is super steep, hiking sandals fine unless you need ankle support. Downhill is more challenging than uphill for the first mile, then flat.

Jennifer TenKate
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky

Awesome hike. A mile straight down. Like straight down. Worth it.

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Eric Keen
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Hiking

Awesome hike with no issues crossing the Waipi'o river despite recent rains. The "world's steepest road" is really not so bad if you're in good shape. We made it back up in 20 minutes. Although it's not technically part of this trail, take the first set of switchbacks up the Muliwai Trail on the far side of the beach (~800 feet vertical gain) for the best views of the valley. Way too much plastic on the otherwise beautiful beach - help the planet and pack some out with you!

R P
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Hiking

Lots of paved road. Scenery best at trailhead.

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Yasaman Madanikia
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Hiking

I enjoyed it! We saw some horses in the bottom of the hike. Great beach and a beautiful waterfall. You need to cross two rivers if you want to get closer to the waterfall so come prepared. Steep hike down and steep hike back up but it was work it!

Malissa M.
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Hiking

There’s a part where you cross the river, so bring a towel or shoes to go through water. The beach at the end is nice, black sand, lots of people and port-a-potties at the bottom. The beginning of the trail has a lookout and bathrooms. Going up is tough. Also you share the road with cars and there’s lots of mud and puddles.

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Dana Brown
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

This was a mind over matter hike! It’s a paved road, but very steep. Go slow on the way down to be nice on the knees. Take breaks on the steep walk up. Explore around to see wild horses, beautiful views is the valley, and waterfalls!!

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Nich A
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Hiking

Honestly? Not worth it. I enjoyed the 1000 foot descent and ascent more than the end of the trail. Better to spend the day on the other side of the valley.

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Christopher Stroup
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HikingMuddy

Steep hike down on paved trail to black sand beach at bottom... High surf and trade winds when I went. Merciless steep hike back up... Plenty of place to rest and catch breath though. Definitely worth it for beach and views of valley. If you think you have too much water, bring more. Wear good shoes, no flip flops.

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