Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

MODERATE 318 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.)

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
7 days 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
8 days 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
14 days 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
20 days 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.

22 days ago

Enjoyed this hike!

hiking
22 days ago

Cannot get enough of Waimea Canyon

hiking
23 days 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.

26 days ago

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

hiking
26 days 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
28 days 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.

1 month ago

Great hike.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 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
2 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 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.

hiking
4 months ago

The first half mile of this trail (to Waipo’o Falls parking lot) is just a down and up thru mediocre woods with no views ( and usually very muddy). Just skip it and start hiking at the Black Pipe trail head (corner of Koke’e and Halemanu Roads) down the 4x4 road towards the Waipo’o Falls parking lot. Definitely take the short diversion up to the Cliff Trail Lookout (signs mark the trail). The views are totally worth it.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike
A little busy
Muddy make sure you have good shoes or walking stick

4 months ago

Waterfall was a treat at the end. Relatively busy trail.

4 months ago

Make sure you go to the right towards the end of the trail to stand at the top of the massive Waipoo falls. The first time I did this trail I missed that cut to the right and went left and only saw the small top tier of the falls.

4 months ago

This hike was gorgeous. There was a good mix of rocky cliff areas and lush landscapes. A good distance and moderately easy though we did run into some steep sandy areas. There were also plants that smelled like farts. There were good smelling plants but mostly fart plants.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike with excellent views. The hike is pretty much all downhiller first, and pretty easy til you get to the cliff. Then it gets pretty steep down the cliff side to the waterfall view. Definitely worth it! Amazing to stand at the top of the waterfall, and hang out at the small falls before the bigs drop off. Highly recommended. Can be muddy in spots, popular like so plenty of others around if you get lost or need help.

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