Waimea Canyon Lookout

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Waimea Canyon Lookout is a 0.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha (Kauai), Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.1 miles
6 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


nature trips




old growth

Put a pin in your map on this one. Considered "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," the views will get inside you as one of natures most amazing sites on this big blue marble. Further up, the summit at Wai'ale'ale will grace you as you stand amongst one of the wettest places on earth. This was an amazingly wonderful "bucket list" item to see and experience with my own eyes. It was a wonderful drive to the summit, and along the way there was pull-off parking so a person could venture out on a day hike and explore some of the breathtaking trailheads Waimea Canyon had to offer. Unique to the island of Kauai was the "red dirt" trails that were all natural and packed hard and was as if you were walking on concrete; but make sure you have on your old trail clothes, because getting any of this red dirt on your clothing or gear meant a life-long reminder just what a jewel of an island this was. At the summit was like being in a cool misty fog because of Waialeale being one of the wettest spots on earth with an annual rainfall surpassing 450. The views from the lookout at this elevation and location were spectacular that is - if you had the time to wait on the waves of misty-fog-like deluges to open up and behold one of the islands great wonders.

scenic driving
11 hours ago

Great spot for looking at the Canyon. If it has rained recently there are a few waterfalls too. If your lucky there will be a Hawaiian Warrior talking about Hawaiian culture at the top of the lookout.

1 month ago

Not a hike at all, but great views!!

1 month ago

It’s a long, winding path to get up to the lookout but has rewarding, breathtaking views. Bring a jacket though if you’re up there near sunset. With higher elevation it gets chilly and windy.

1 month ago

This is a quick stop offering a spectacular view of the Canyon and its contrasts. Its a short but steep walk up the paved trail. Great for selfies =)

2 months ago

It’s not an hike, but the view is amazing!

3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall cascading out if canyon!

4 months ago


5 months ago

Stunning. Not really a trail though, just a short path to a beautiful view.

scenic driving
6 months ago

More of a path than a trail which leads you to the lookout. Incredible views on the drive up and you won’t be tired of them yet by the time you get to the lookout.

7 months ago

Definitely worth seeing!

7 months ago


7 months ago

Awesome views at the lookout!

scenic driving
8 months ago

Great views!

9 months ago

Gorgeous view !

10 months ago

Worth the drive, not a hike. Small walk to lookout spot. Limited parking, go early or be lucky.

10 months ago

Not really a hike but the views are worth it. Go super early because the hwy gets insanely congested around 10 or 11 and stays that way until dusk.

scenic driving
11 months ago

Amazing view, not really a hike. Go early b/c the parking lot is small.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Just gorgeous!

nature trips
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Beautiful canyon

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Beautiful site!

Monday, July 31, 2017

What a site....I can see why this is called the canyon of the Pacific. I must see when visiting the garden island, wow! Absolutely wonderous views! Went around 6pm and weather was perfect. A must see and worth the drive.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Astonishing, majestic views of the Canyon. Waimea Canyon was definitely the most interesting and beautiful part of Kauai. We spotted some mountain goats during the hike. Make sure your footage is secure if you decide to explore beyond the main trail, as it can be very steep. Quite a few helicopters hovering around.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


scenic driving
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Great views from outlook. Enjoyable drive from highway 50. Got busy as we left - late morning.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Beautiful waterfalls but not much of a hike

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Saturday, July 09, 2016

It was a decent view, but this was not a hike. You park the car in the lot and walk about 200' away. It is handicap accessible so that's a great option for people who aren't able to traverse other trails.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Trail was a bit muddy so use proper footwear. Lots of great vistas. Heavy traffic from tourists.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Take rain ponchos we got soaked and soiled with mud a lot of mud!
Very slippery when wet - plan on slipping
Can't wait to do it again!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The view was spectacular. It was fun to drive up and it was easy access.

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