Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

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Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls is a 3.2 mile moderately 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 best used from October until February.

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

muddy

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.)

2 days ago

Plenty of parking before 10am but fills up after. Moderate hike is right but made more challenging by muddy conditions. Walking sticks are really helpful for folks who need extra support. Not worth it if you’re doing it for the waterfall alone—though the canyon views are incredible. You’ll hear the helicopters overhead, so it feels less remote than it is. Fine outing overall but probably wouldn’t do it again.

3 days ago

Great hike. It was muddy for us because it just rained, so really slick at some points. At used walking sticks in and out. The water fall is a cool view, but the canyon itself is amazing scenery at the top. Just over 2 hours with lots of picture taking breaks.

6 days ago

beautiful half day hike.

6 days ago

Great views of Waimea canyon! The waterfall is a little bit small but overall, great hike!

hiking
7 days ago

Nice views across the canyon. Waterfall plateau is small, but definitely worth it. All in all a very nice and well maintained trail!

8 days ago

I brought 2 of my sisters to this hike- there are sections of the trail that were muddy and very slippery. The views of the canyon are the most beautiful. The waterfalls are nice but not as dramatic. All in all, a good day hike.

hiking
12 days ago

As a novice hiker, this trail was still very doable. It had rained a lot the day before which made the way down slippery and slow. Would not do this hike in bad weather - would be both difficult and views of the canyon wouldn't be great. As it was, we had spectacular canyon views. Didn't go all the way to the waterfall because of limited time (the hike to the canyon and back took 2 hrs). If you have a fear of heights, drive to the trail head may be tough for you (windy roads overlooking canyon)

hiking
13 days ago

Super quick and easy hike. Did not take the kids on it but would have been an easy one to take the kids on. Great views. Beware most hikes in Hawaii are slippery if is raining or had the day before.

19 days ago

Weather was nice today and the trail is in good shape for the most part. I noticed that some people used short cuts and did not stay on the trail. The trail is mostly in the shade. Wow what a view of the canyon. We stayed there and enjoyed the view for a long time. Nature was constantly disrupted by the helicopters flying around. Then went to check out the waterfall, which was okay. We liked the canyon view much better.

Beautiful!

24 days ago

Scenic but not worth the hike if you’re searching for waterfalls

hiking
1 month ago

Was on the easy side of moderate rained about 1/2 of the hike can be slippery in spots so be prepared to get muddy

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail with some parts to get your heart pumping haha.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike with a toddler in a backpack.

We did not have 4WD so had to walk along the muddy road to get to the trail head. No biggie... just make sure to allow for time.

A good portion of the trail is covered. Quite open and very hot closer to the top.

Great views and some cool little spots for the nugget to explore.

Got caught in heavy rain on the way back on the road. I imagine parts of this trail would be very slick when wet.

1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike. However we went a day or so after it rained pretty hard and it was extremely muddy. That made this trail much more difficult. Without that it would not have been bad. There are a few steep climbs. The sad thing was when we reached the peak of the canyon the fog had rolled in and we couldn’t see anything. The waterfall at the end was worth it though.

1 month ago

The view is amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

An astonishingly beautiful hike. The trail is mostly downhill through root-lined switchbacks, which is great on the way down, but definitely save some energy for the hike back.

The trail opens up on a wide cliff ledge with sweeping views of the canyon before continuing on to two waterfalls. The smaller of the two hides behind a rocky scramble, but the true gem of the hike is a few yards away. A short, easy scramble places you atop of Waipoo falls, with the canyon opening up far below you.

If you have a drone, definitely send it out for one of the most amazing views you will ever see.

hiking
1 month ago

nice trail. it was tough for me not for my hubby. the falls were small but pretty. killer hill workout.

1 month ago

Very pretty enjoyable hike. The waterfall is gorgeous at the end. The trail was heavily trafficked on the Sunday we went.

hiking
2 months ago

I combined this with the Cliffs Trail. Both a high on the must do list especially if you have limited time. The views over the falls are with the effort. Both trails can be done pretty quickly. Add time to swim if desired.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful but long hike. Bring water and food.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. a little steep at times. I saw some folks struggle with the up and down. I liked that there was up and down both ways so it never felt like a complete slog. great payoff where you end up standing on the top of huge waterfalls! I did this hike in flip flops with no real issue. it ended up kinda nice because I could just walk into the water. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

2 months ago

Great hike - the view from the edge is spectacular and the waterfall is kind of cool and refreshing. Some people swimming but water looked gross after the rain. Definitely recommend hiking shoes and water!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely more challenging when conditions are wet. We skidded and slipped a few times on descents. The cloudy day diminished the views from the canyon lookout but were still cool. Didn't make it all the way to the falls. Proper footwear (we had ankle height boots) were a must.

2 months ago

awesome app!!

Just wow, I can’t believe places like this exist. The waterfalls are gorgeous and they fall in to such a beautiful canyon. Be careful at the end of the trail, it looks like it would be easy to slip and fall off the cliffs.

2 months ago

The canyon trail is a must to see in Kauai !! Wonderdul landscapes canyon and the falls are amazing

2 months ago

Pretty good easy hike. While the hike is moderate, there are a few small steep climbs that may be difficult depending on your age and experience. Not the best in the area but probably a good first trail to do if you haven’t hiked in Kauai before. The waterfall at the end is a little underwhelming since you are at the top of the massive drop. My personal favorite views were right before you start to descend to the waterfall. Awesome canyon views.

2 months ago

Very enjoyable hike. Right balance between exercise and view. We found the view of the canyon very impressive and liked the two cute, private waterfalls very much. Our advice, start really early and see the day come upon the valley.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the canyon with refreshing stops at 2 waterfalls.

We went on a dry day and it wasn’t too muddy - if it had been wet like our previous trails in the week it would have been very difficult.

I would rate this as moderate to difficult due to the elevation gain. Overall enjoyable with breathtaking views of the canyon.

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