Waipio Valley Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honokaa, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
it's a cultural experience
Beautiful trail to a secluded black sand beach with very few people. You can also see the waterfall if you turn to the left on your way down but be careful as it crosses private property! The walk back up was tough as it's very steep but it was worth it! The views throughout were breathtaking :)
Gorgeous valley, standing at the bottom of the waterfall is incredible. Be careful which route you take, as it involves crossing the local's property, and some owners can be pretty aggressive about it.
Absolutely stunning views. The beginning and end of the hike is very steep and the trail up to the waterfall is closed but you can get close enough to see it and get some great photos and the beach is perfect. Powder black sands and few people. Totally worth the effort to get there.
Just gorgeous. the parking lot is a great view of the valley but the hike down is worth it. if you consider yourself a hiker you can hike it. the hike down starts as a very steep road that cars are on as well and turns into a flat mud road to the beach. bring your swim suit!
Very steep (25% grade) paved road to bottom then gravel/broken pavement to the stream ford. Road splits at bottom of grade with a branch going back to beach park. Great walk through farmlands along river and good view of the waterfall before the stream ford. Trail back to the falls is closed. Climb back up the road to the lookout is strenuous.
short, steep and sweet
Hard but worth it!
This is a spectacular area but be warned if you're thinking about driving to the beach: THIS IS THE STEEPEST ROAD IN AMERICA. Look up Waipio Valley Road on Google. The first thing that shows up is "dangerousroads.org."
You need a very rugged FOUR WHEEL DRIVE vehicle to tackle this. Not, I repeat, -not- an all-wheel drive vehicle (unless you're very good at tricking the wheels into locking with the break, but this is difficult and requires a high level of skill). You are risking your life taking anything less than a 4WD vehicle down this road. You'll spin your tires and possibly slide backwards off the cliff. Most of the trail guides I've seen online don't emphasize this enough. Even the toughest AWD Jeep won't do. I'd suggest a Wrangler if you want to come back in one piece.
Triple check that your vehicle has a four wheel drive setting if you're renting one. And, by the way, you are almost certainly violating your rental contract by even attempting this.
Tourists are constantly being towed out of here and some tow companies, if you can even find a way to call roadside assistance, charge over a thousand dollars to get down there and help you up. Great way to ruin a vacation.