Photos of Waimea Canyon River Trail

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,795 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

no dogs

hiking
12 days ago

See kukui trail for the starts.
But once you reach the river and go north, that's where the trouble starts. First, you'll need to have river crossing shoes (you can't just hop from rock to rock). I think 4 river crossing (x2 if you come back). ALSO, at one point after the second campground, you end up in a very dense jungle. There MIGHT be another way, another trail, I don't know. But there were signs that it was there (including an actual sign saying this was the trail, and you could kind of see that this was the way of lesser resistance, but still, it was very hard). It was dense foliage, walking at much slower pace than 0.5 mile/hour, and the foliage would cut you along the way. I had rash all over my forearms and legs for about a week... Maybe wear long sleeves? Anyhow, be prepared, or find a better route!