Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

MODERATE 341 reviews
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Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,210 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Waimea: Follow Highway 550 northward into Koke'e State Park. Turn right on to Halemanu Drive, which is a short distance past mile fourteen. Follow this road to the Halemanu-Koke'e Trailhead. (A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary on this road if rain is in the forecast.)

3 days ago

AWESOME VIEWS! One of our best hikes ever. You get a good view of the canyon and then hike to a waterfall.

If you have 4WD, you can actually drive your car a good distance and cut the walking distance almost in half. If not you can park at the highway and walk the whole way.

Bring lots of water!!! Luckily the trail is mostly shaded but it still was pretty hot, especially since the way back is basically all uphill. I would give yourself a couple hours to do this trail, depending on how long you want to stay at the waterfall and how well you traverse a steep incline.

Again, we loved it! The views were breathtaking. Definitely recommend.

9 days ago

Great trail. Probably not the absolute best view of the canyon, but still has some great sites. Waterfall was worth the trip. We hiked this after hiking a ridge trail in koke'e park and it was very manageable. It does get a bit dicey in some parts so I would suggest good shoes. We wore trail runners and were fine, but there was some loose gravel/dirt close to some steep drop offs. There was a fair amount of people and you will most likely greet a few groups of people along the way. Overall it was a solid trail and I would agree with the moderate rating.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike! Only 0.8 miles to waterfall from actual trailhead. 1.6 from the main road. Drive all the way down to trailhead from main road if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Stunning views of Waimea Canyon. The waterfall and pond was refreshing and picturesque. I would have to say this trail is heavily trafficked as opposed to lightly from what the app suggests. Have a great hike!

15 days ago

This trail was beautiful however parts were very slippery especially near the falls themselves. Watched a woman get airlifted out after falling and breaking her ankle. To be fair it did rain the night before so part of the trail were wet however the section where the lady fell was covered with red silt that was VERY slippery to walk down. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend it for kids just because that section was slippery and there are no barriers whatsoever. Everyone is accurate that it is beautiful and definitely worth trying it but just be mindful to tread carefully to avoid any accidents.

17 days ago

Very easy trail, my 7 year old really liked it!! You can wear hiking sandals or shoes, I wore shoes. Perfect distance for kids, not too steep of a climb!

20 days ago

Very nice hike, we took our, 6,9 and 12 year old granddaughters along with us and they didn't complain one bit. Their is definitely a couple of step sections and the actual area were to see the falls is a really small area, not more than 4 or 5 people, and be aware there are no railings, so be very cautious of your surrounds. Took us just a little over 2.5 hrs to complete. Take plenty of water and don't wear your favorite hiking shoes, they may get ruined if there is a lot of mud.

1 month ago

You really see the parts of the canyon you cant from the overlook. It takes you to the top of the falls seen from the Waimea Canyon Overlook. A couple cliffs here and there, but not bad enough someone afraid of heights couldn't make. Absolutely beautiful sights of the canyon from a unique side for a short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy trail with the family. Although you can't see the waterfalls in all their splendor at the top, the views of the valley from the falls are amazing. Additionally, think about taking a swimsuit to swim in the small swimming hole and feeder waterfall that is just off the main trail to the top of the falls. It is a beautiful little spot and an pretty easy way in/out.

hiking
1 month ago

It took us 2 hours round trip from the main road. It was a nice stroll to the top of the waterfall. We didn’t have issues with mosquitoes.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was pretty family friendly! Footing is definitely good enough to baby wear. The end at the falls has some fun boulders to scramble, and the falls view is from the top/start of the fall. We did drive the 4x4 path in a Jeep, which cut the hike distance in half, and was a fun and convenient alternative considering we had just completed the Kalepa Ridge Hike, and the sunset was upon us! There are definitely some loose footing /crumbling dirt slide places but you are able to get far enough away from the cliffs edge to feel comfortable taking a tumble or sliding on your booty!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike yesterday afternoon with my family. Highly recommend! If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle you can drive through some of the forested part to the hiking trail, otherwise plenty of people (like us) park just off the main road and hike the whole way. This hike features beautiful forest vegetation, some open summit views of the canyon area, and a gorgeous waterfall at the end. We went in dry conditions, I would not recommend doing this hike in wet/recent rain conditions as there are several areas of loose gravel and slopes that can become quite slick.

1 month ago

Enjoyed this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Cannot get enough of Waimea Canyon

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Had lots of ups and down on the trail so it felt even paced! We went on a gorgeous sunny day and could see the whole canyon. We are not the most experienced hikers and didn’t have a problem on this trail.

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. Did it + Black Pipe with a 6 month old.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the canyon! and not too difficult. We took breaks on the big rocks and went all the way to the falls which were just okay in my opinion. I didn't enjoy seeing folks getting so close to the top of the falls- very scary. The hike was worth it in my opinion just for a different and better view of the canyon than the lookout.

hiking
1 month ago

rough downhill 4x4 road leading from 550 down to main trail. using a jeep made it enjoyable but if traversing by foot, could be a tough chore coming back up at the end. views of canyon were incredible and worth it.

1 month ago

Did this hike with my adult daughter. the day we went was not too muddy. Also did this hike a year and half ago - had an easier time of it this trip. Saw the people on the ridge from the lookout above and just had to do the hike.

2 months ago

Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Wife and I hiked starting from the main road as our rental car would probably not have made it down the two track in one piece. Probably want a Jeep or pickup truck for that. Hiking was mostly through dense forests until the end where you get spectacular views of the canyon! Overall pretty easy hike but the clay on the trail was slick in some areas

hiking
2 months ago

Did the hike today. Moderate Trail. Can be slippery and muddy. View into the canyon is great, standing on top of the waterfalls also. Trail is very highly trafficked. We started at the lookout. Trail was disappointing compared to other trails on the island.

3 months ago

Very nice hike. Did this with two kids and the in-laws. The canyon view was amazing! The falls were just ok, but we’re from Washington where waterfalls are amazing. We all had a great time though. The day was dry so the trail was fine. On a rainy day I could see how this could be a slippery hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Great views at the end. Most of the trail is in dense forest but views at the falls are amazing. The trail is very well used and busy. If one drove down Halemanu Road the hike is only 2 miles round trip.

3 months ago

Enjoyable, moderate hike with variety - wooded, open cliff, and the top of a waterfall. Make sure your shoes have good traction, as the trail is muddy and steep in some spots.

3 months ago

awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed this trail, was muddy in spots and to be expected on this island. The views were worth it.

3 months ago

Muddy start but views breathtaking. Reward of waterfall at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Highly recommend! Not a terrible interesting first part of the hike through the woods but well worth for the stunning views at the end. Go all the way to the top of the waterfall to get full views. It’s cool to stop at viewpoints on the way back and look back on where you were hiking in the canyon. We went after heavy rains and it was very muddy, definitely recommend hiking shoes though I saw others in sneakers. We walked down the 4x4 dirt road to start the hike but from what I can tell you could also park at Pu’u Hinahina lookout at start at the trail that exits from the left side of the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, and the weather held out for us! Bring layers (during the winter time) and wear the appropriate footwear...muddy and slick!

hiking
4 months ago

Views on the trail aren’t all that great until you get to the open canyon area. Muddy for sure and pretty steep in spots. I wouldn’t recommend it for young children or the elderly. Sitting parallel with helicopters touring the canyon at the end is pretty cool.

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