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.)
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.
Beautiful views of the canyon. Worth every bit of the walk. Small waterfall and pond st the end where we had lunch. The trail can be slippery, most of my group took a soft fall at some point so shoes with good traction and/or walking sticks can be helpful.
The hike is moderate, most of it is shaded. The waterfall was disappointing, but the view on top of the canyon out to the Pacific was breathtaking! Definitely worth the trip!
Unfortunately it was raining the entire hike. Very muddy and it was slippery. Lots of people. It was a fun trip none the less. There were chickens even up there. haha.