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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 Wainiha, Kauai, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 1,450 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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Completed (73)
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.

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.

toby porter
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HikingOver grown

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

Jody Amos
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Hiking

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.

Tine Vanderschaeghe
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Hiking

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.

Jill Martin
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HikingRockyScramble
First to Review

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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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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Jamie Chou
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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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Evan Jones
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Adam Tenuta
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Jan Rutz
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Joe Duffy
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Jonathan Kay
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Ron T.
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Yuichiro S.
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Chris Werner
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