Waimea Canyon

MODERATE 5 reviews

Waimea Canyon is a 11.4 mile out and back trail located near Pokii, Hawaii that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

11.4 miles
4087 feet
Out & Back



5 days ago

I’m not sure who writes the descriptions for the trails but here is my version for this one..... This is a great hike down into the canyon. The trail is steep and in many places washed out due to erosion but still very navigable. You start out very exposed for the first 1.5mi, then enter dense woods for the last mile to the river/campground. If you hike further you can go south to the old abandoned hydro damn. The trail actually continues all the way into the town of Waimea. We went past the power plant about 1.5mi before turning around. The description says 11.4mi but not sure what landmark the turn around would be. I suggest the power plant. There is also 10 river crossings that you will do twice. Trekking poles served to be very handy. We saw many frogs and several chickens, some goats and birds. This is truly like descending into the Grand Canyon on a smaller scale. Well worth the effort.

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