Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

MODERATE 223 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
1210 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.)

hiking
12 days ago

Trail was in great condition, only a few muddy spots. Enjoyed the fabulous views of the canyon and upper falls! A must do!

hiking
23 days ago

Quite slippery as it rained in the morning: my son fell twice in the beginning but he got the hang of it for the rest of the way. It is a pity that view of the lower falls were rather limited unless one adventures to the far edge near the cliff on the west side! There should be board walkway well built with guardrails for the much needed close-up viewpoint of the lower falls.

hiking
1 month ago

A moderate hike. Very little slippery spots. The most gorgeous views ever. I highly recommend this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Be sure to park at top of paved road where it meets the dirt road as the rental companies won’t let you drive down. When you get to the trail after all the mud in the road, be sure you take the little side path around the big mud hole. Be prepared to get muddy boots and do wear boots-not flip flops like we saw some poor sots. Lots of beautiful vistas and a sweet waterfall at the end. I would agree this is a moderate hike. Easy enough going down but for the mud, but it can be slippery and strenuous coming back up.

hiking
1 month ago

A great hike overall. Some muddy slippery sections and roots protruding but really not that bad. Wear the proper footwear and you will have no problem (Don't take flip flops)When the trail ends go down to left and push through some rocks to a separate set of falls with a great swimming hole. Water cold but awesome after the hike.
Keep in mind that you can't see the falls at the top. Some killer views though and well worth this easy / moderate hike. Enjoy.

1 month ago

Most amazing hike I have ever done so far. A must do hike if you visit this beautiful Island.

1 month ago

Rated as moderate but I would lean towards strenuous! lots of mud but definitely worth the payoff! If the waterfall was the only reward it would be worth it...but the vast canyon views are indescribably beautiful...

1 month ago

Stunning views

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty great hike. The views on the rim are stunning as only Kauai can deliver. I went down to the top of the waterfall and peered over the rock ledge. Not recommended for everyone because the steps are narrow and you’d be a goner if you slipped. Also if you continue the trail you’ll find a small waterfall with a refreshing pool to relax by.

2 months ago

great hike, beautiful views! Directions are misleading however. Just after mile marker 14 , PARK AT THE LOOKOUT PARKING- the trailhead starts there.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was awesome but I would not recommend doing the Black Pipe part of the trail. We ended up getting lost of this trail because it was porely marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this one as an out and back in 2013. Better as a loop with Black Pipe. Still has great views and waterfalls either way you do it.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike with great views! Can be slick in places. Worth the walk. You can drive down the service road to the overlook parking if you desire.

hiking
2 months ago

Great exercise, great view of a small waterfall, great views of a breathtaking canyon.

Not so great being inches away from slipping 1500 ft to your demise. I'd consider this a moderate hike, but also fairly dangerous, especially in slippery conditions.

hiking
3 months ago

AMAZING trail. A little on the wet, muddy and slippery slide though, so wear your hiking boots. Beware of the tree roots and slippery rock surfaces. The view is brilliant — well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike that gets you down into the canyon and up above to see it all! Quick and easy hike with some mud spots after a few days of rain. Lots of great vistas and photo opportunities, definitely go all the way to the falls (don’t stop at the “top”).

hiking
3 months ago

Wear the right shoes for this one! Saw a lot of people in flip-flops...

4 months ago

Short, steep and gorgeous!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful way to see the Waimea canyon. Way better than the lookout. It does add quite bit if you don't have a 4-wheel to get down to the trailhead. Go for the view of the canyon, not the waterfall.

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning and a great workout!

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