Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls is a 1.5 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.
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.)
Fun hike to the top of the falls. If you dont have 4 wheel drive you will have to park at the top which adds another mile each way to the hike...
Absolutely loved this hike. To begin, park off to the side by the missile testing road (if in a 4x4, you can drive the car halfway down). Once at the dead end, stick right and enter the clearing. Follow the left trail until it opens up to an orange, rocky, steep decline to the right. Follow the trail to the right and eventually you'll end up at the waterfall. THIS IS THE BIG WATERFALL. :) Amazing views and great place to stop, eat a snack and dip your feet to cool off. Enjoy.
The view was fantastic... but, don't expect to see "falls". Would definitely do again. Elevation gain was such that I would not consider it a moderate hike. Steep and slippery in parts.
This is a really nice hike. I would rate it as moderate based on the steepness of parts of the trail. I would also recommend using hiking sticks and would not recommend that you take this trail right after a rain or if it looks like it might rain while you are out.......it would be very slick and dangerous if wet.
As you go down the trail (about 1 mile from the top) you will see a parking area that can be accessed by 4WD. Just past that parking area there is a spur trail that goes to the right. It is only about 1/4 mile long and leads to a nice vista of the canyon......it is worth the detour.
The trail does have some fantastic views of the canyon and is well worth the effort. It has a really nice small waterfall at the end and is a nice place to have a lunch or just take a break.
You can cut out a 1 mile uphill portion of the trail if you have a 4 Wheel Drive.......at the upper parking area there is a dirt road that you can take to the bottom and park. This is a rough trail to take.......do not attempt this if you do not a true 4WD.
Great hike! You get to see amazing views of the canyon as well as two different water falls. There's also an optional additional view point. Hiking shoes are definitely recommended as it can be a bit muddy and there are lots of ups and downs. On the tougher side of moderate. Less highly trafficked earlier in the day.