Canyon Trail and Waininiua Trail

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Koke'e State Park

Canyon Trail and Waininiua Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waimea, Hawaii, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length6.5 miElevation gain1,450 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingRunningForestViewsWildlifeNo dogs
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Lisa Felsman
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The views on the canyon trail portion are absolutely stunning. We went clockwise around the loop. Unfortunately when we made it 85% around the loop, the Koke’e Stream was a raging cliffside river with no safe crossing point no matter where we looked. It must have been much lower water for previous reviewers. We had to turn around and go all the way back. With a couple of wrong turns, our 8 mile hike turned into 17 miles. I still greatly enjoyed seeing the canyon, but would have gone better prepared next time. We hiked on 4/8/21.

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Lia Tia
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Ok, so let’s preface this by noticing that we hiked it during spring, April 9 2021. Koke’e Stream (which turns into Waipo’o Falls near the trail crossing) was high and had a strong current. The trail crossing of the Koke’e “Stream” was right near the cliff’s edge where it turns into the waterfall so we did not get a chance to cross it as it looked too high, strong and dangerous to finish the last 1-2 miles (heading clock-wise on this trail loop). So we had to turn around and go all the way back. The trail itself was very muddy, very overgrown (especially due to lack of visitors during the pandemic) and had lots of watery crossings due to huge pond-like puddles on the trail. Bring extra socks (& maybe even water shoes if u want to make it easier during these crossings). Although I normally don’t ever hike with a hiking stick, I highly recommend a hiking stick for balance across the puddles, the boggy parts and the slippery inclines/declines. GORGEOUS views at the top. Have lunch at the cute little picnic table up there. It is an unprotected cliff top— no rails.

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Oliver Winter
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One of the best hikes on the island, in my opinion! The views into the Canyon from the several lookouts on the first part of the trail are just incredible. The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is a must-see on Kauai. Bring food and water and just enjoy the view. The second part of the trail is through tropical forest and partly on a jungle road and partly on other trails which is a nice counterpart to the views from the first part.

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Stu Martin
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Jamie Chou
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Super fun, amazing views, and waterfall at the end

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Andrew Pahlke
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Great trail, would recommend. If you’ve got a 4WD capable car, definitely take it down the road right next to the Kokee state park sign. It’ll save you about 1 mile of walking. Fairly overgrown in some areas and pretty muddy in some. When you get to the falls, make sure to follow all the little trails around them to get better views. Some other commenter here complained that the view sucked. I walked down a bit more and could see all the way to the bottom of the falls. Crossing the river/stream/waterfall is simple. Go to the highest point and walk across the rocks and a tree. It’s fairly overgrown and steep after that for about .25mile and then it gets better. Beautiful views of the canyon after you cross the waterfall and get on top of the hill. Right around the ditch trail it just turns into a road that you walk along. I elected to take the Kumuwela trail as a shortcut. Not many views on this trail. Overgrown in parts. It spits you out on a road with a bunch of houses around. Follow the road around and you eventually get back onto another traditional trail. If I did it again I probably go about halfway to the canyon overlook past the waterfall and turn back. The rest of the hike was pretty lame since a lot of it was on roads. Lots of bugs, but they didn’t seem interested in me at all, just the fallen guava on the ground.

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Michelle James
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Sarah B
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Loved this hike. It definitely is not for the faint of heart or those who are looking for easy. Parked at the top of the pu’u hinahina trail which added 1.2 miles to the trek. Be prepared for some overgrown trails and having to find through the growth. Recommend wearing pants to protect your legs from the brush. Have trekking poles or a walking stick as it makes a big difference in the slick muddy parts and when you can’t see your footing in the grasses. When you get to the upper waterfall climb across the rocks and climb up the bank to pick up the trail again. Views are amazing along the canyon.

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toby porter
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Great loop to do if you have time. It’s a few seperate tracks forming the trail. Got told by visitor center it’s shut and overgrown and too hard to follow. It’s not, easy as. Have fun

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Jody Amos
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This was a great trail, but not for young kids (I would say 8 and above) or older folks. There’s some easy stuff and some semi-difficult stuff. We hiked all the way to the waterfall which was great but don’t expect a good view of the waterfall. The Canyon is beautiful, almost like a painted backdrop.

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Tine Vanderschaeghe
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Good loop if you want to have a lot of km/miles on your feet. The most impressive part is the canyon trail. The rest of the trail is easy walking under the nice yellow flowers. There's a lot of grass in the second part of the trail so you must sometimes search the right path.

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Jill Martin
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A little muddy on the day that we went and certainly very narrow. Falls are okay with lots of people enjoying the time to cool off.

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Duane Dombrowski
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Stu Martin
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Angela DeBassio
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Susan Kienitz
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Bas Wolkenfelt
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Jim Kemper
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Ryan Miller
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Al Thoen
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David Soares
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iñigo ekisoain
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Oliver M
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Anthonin Lizé
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