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Waimea Canyon Lookout is a 0.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wainiha, Kauai, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.1 mi Elevation gain 16 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Walking Paved Views Wildlife Fee
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Considered "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," the views will get inside you as one of nature's most amazing sites on this big blue marble. Further up, the summit at Wai'ale'ale are amazing as you stand amongst one of the wettest places on earth. This is an amazingly wonderful "bucket list" item to see and experience with your own eyes. The drive to the summit has many beautiful views, and along the way there is pull-off parking for those who want to venture out on a day hike and explore some of the breathtaking trailheads Waimea Canyon had to offer. The views from the lookout at this elevation and location are spectacular if you have the time to wait on the waves of misty-fog-like deluges to open up and behold one of the island's great wonders. Unique to the island of Kauai, the "red dirt" trails are all-natural but hard as if walking on concrete. Make sure you have on your old trail clothes because if you get any of the red dirt on your clothing or gear, it will likely not come out. Accessibility: This trail is paved, smooth, typically at least four feet wide, and flat with a grade of 0%. There are staircases to access some areas.

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Karissa Duff
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HikingGreat!

The view was breathtaking! Worth the twisting and turning trip to the top. My spouse and I had the place to ourselves. The colors of the canyon were vibrant and we could see goats off in the distance as well as a waterfall.

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Keith Lee
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Empty and got the entire place to myself.

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Jennifer Arnold
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Hiking

Amazing views! Worth the windy drive up to the lookout! Pictures never do it justice, but be ready to be blown away!

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Dustin Peregrin
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Hiking

Gorgeous views unlike what you’ve come to expect from the Hawaiian Islands and is well worth the drive up. Views upon views if the weather cooperates. Weather changes quickly up here so be prepared.

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Rye Jon
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Hiking

Awesome view! I would like to complete the loop trail next time!

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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Beautiful view of Waimea Canyon!!!

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Ralph Ceseña Jr
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Fee

probably the best vista point to see the entire canyon!

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Alyssa C
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Hiking

Great lookout! My advice would be to drive all the way to the top of the road to the pu’u o kila lookout, then hit the other lookouts on the way down ending with this lookout. It’s awesome if you did any hikes to look back and see where you were. We hiked to the top of waipo’o falls and were able to see where we stood from this lookout. Also the canyon looked amazing at about 5:30 because the sun was about the set.

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John Schaaf
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Hiking

Very nice lookout, little to no effort required. Some of the quick car overlooks along the way to Koke’e can give you better vistas with waterfalls depending on the recent weather. The $5 parking is good for all the lookouts in the park, so hold onto it.

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Kimberly Macdonald
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Hiking

Not a trail, a lookout. It’s a 5 star lookout.

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An Bui
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HikingBugsNo shade

beautiful view of the canyon with zero effort. biggest bang for the buck in this park. bring bug spray and hat cause it gets hot when sunny.

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Dawn Jake
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Hiking

Very beautiful but hit or miss on the rain even when nice below.

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Kiersten McMahon
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Hiking

Not really a hike, but it’s a great overlook of what you can see in the hiking trail just up the road! It’s $5 for parking, but that ticket is good for parking anywhere in the park as a whole all day. There’a not a whole lot of shade, but there’s a bathroom and a fruit stand!

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Erin Sakhautdinov
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Nature trips

Not even really a hike! Just a beautiful viewpoint! $5 yo park the car. There was a fruit stand at the top (not sure if that is typical or not... probably so)

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Nicholas Dobis
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Nature trips

The overlook is exactly what it is, an overlook, not a hike/trail. The drive to the overlook does offer some great views and is a nice drive. It’s $5 to park at the overlook and the parking permit is only for about an hour and a half but that is plenty of time. The overlook offers a stunning view of the valley, but it’s is also a big tourist trap. The overlook is about an hour drive from Poipu, so if you’re staying on the southern end of Kauai it’s worth checking out but if you’re staying in the east or north end of the island it’s not worth the 1.5-2 hour drive.

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Callie Kolb
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Hiking

Not much of a hike, a paved lookout point.

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J.C. Stofle
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Hiking

Another short trail with breathtaking views and $5 parking fee to help the Park.

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Dan Phelps
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Walking

Not sure I’d call this a hike. It is steeper than six feet and is paved the whole way with railing. You will have to pay to park here. Five dollars for the day. Good news is it covers other state parks for the day. Great observation spot. Such a beautiful canyon you can stare into all day. Keep in mind there are plenty of spots you can pull over on your way up and get some excellent views from.

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Natalie Palmieri-Crosby
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Hiking

Impressive view of the deep cut lush green Waimea valley! And afar the very royal blue Na Pali coastline.

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Sam Slack
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This is a great place to park your car and see an incredible view without any strenuous hiking. There are also amazing trails to hike nearby.

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Gracie Abeyta
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Hiking

Don’t go if it’s too cloudy. We could not see anything. But earlier lookout points are worth it!

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Taylor Smith
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Hiking

A gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous lookout! Can pull over anywhere on the road really

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Rachele Ellsworth
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This is a lookout, not a hike. You walk on cement to a lookout area and the views are spectacular! Everyone should see this area.

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Adi Palkovic
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Hiking

Beautiful lookout, stroller friendly

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Daniel Haight
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Hiking

First time we went there was no visibility. Second time it was more clear, views comparable to Grand Canyon, in my opinion it was better because of greenery and waterfall.

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Brandon DePalo
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Really nice lookout. Weather rolls in and out so wait a few mins for a good view. must stop here along your way up or back from a real hike

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Jennifer White
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Walking

Beautiful views! Worth the stop

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Kayla Laatz
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Scenic driving

Not a hike, just a lookout. Regardless, still worth a stop! Great views, very peaceful if you go early in the morning to beat crowds.

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Simon Guérard
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Hiking

Not really a hike - it's a lookout. But it's gorgeous, definetly worth the stop!

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