Waimea Canyon Lookout

EASY 116 reviews
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Waimea Canyon Lookout is a 0.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kekaha, 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.

DISTANCE
0.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
2 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

walking

paved

views

wildlife

Put a pin in your map on this one. Considered "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," the views will get inside you as one of natures most amazing sites on this big blue marble. Further up, the summit at Wai'ale'ale will grace you 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. It was a wonderful drive to the summit, and along the way there was pull-off parking so a person could venture out on a day hike and explore some of the breathtaking trailheads Waimea Canyon had to offer. Unique to the island of Kauai was the "red dirt" trails that were all natural and packed hard and was as if you were walking on concrete; but make sure you have on your old trail clothes, because getting any of this red dirt on your clothing or gear meant a life-long reminder just what a jewel of an island this was. At the summit was like being in a cool misty fog because of Waialeale being one of the wettest spots on earth with an annual rainfall surpassing 450. The views from the lookout at this elevation and location were spectacular that is - if you had the time to wait on the waves of misty-fog-like deluges to open up and behold one of the islands great wonders.

hiking
22 days ago

Not a hike, very busy lookout. Beautiful lookout though.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful views! Worth the stop

scenic driving
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

No really a hike. Beautiful view!

3 months ago

barley a trail. great view but not much to hike or activity

walking
4 months ago

Very nice view of the canyon! Handicap accessible as well. Nice drive up waimea canyon road. Very cold at sunset so bring a jacket!

4 months ago

Doesn’t get any better.

nature trips
4 months ago

Absolutely stunning view worth the long drive. Make sure to see the Red Dirt Waterfall near it too.

walking
4 months ago

Not a trail at all. But it’s worthy to spend 5 mins for this breathtaking view!!!

6 months ago

It is not necessarily a hike - but it's beautiful!

6 months ago

Beautiful view. Not much of a trail if you're looking for that but a nice stop off the road

6 months ago

Loved everything, the road, the vegetation. When we arrived the clouds were heavy in the canyon and we didn’t see the canyon from there! We
Will try again. There is a nice fruit stand at the entrance and there are bathroom facilities. Remember to bring hand sanitizer.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Great spot for looking at the Canyon. If it has rained recently there are a few waterfalls too. If your lucky there will be a Hawaiian Warrior talking about Hawaiian culture at the top of the lookout.

8 months ago

Not a hike at all, but great views!!

8 months ago

It’s a long, winding path to get up to the lookout but has rewarding, breathtaking views. Bring a jacket though if you’re up there near sunset. With higher elevation it gets chilly and windy.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a quick stop offering a spectacular view of the Canyon and its contrasts. Its a short but steep walk up the paved trail. Great for selfies =)

9 months ago

It’s not an hike, but the view is amazing!

10 months ago

Beautiful waterfall cascading out if canyon!

11 months ago

Beautiful!

walking
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Stunning. Not really a trail though, just a short path to a beautiful view.

scenic driving
Sunday, March 04, 2018

More of a path than a trail which leads you to the lookout. Incredible views on the drive up and you won’t be tired of them yet by the time you get to the lookout.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Definitely worth seeing!

hiking
Monday, February 05, 2018

Friday, February 02, 2018

Beautiful

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Awesome views at the lookout!

scenic driving
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Great views!

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