Waipio Valley Trail

HARD 85 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1174 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

walking

beach

river

views

waterfall

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

More of a walk down and then up a very steep, paved road. There is a fork at the bottom of the road. Make sure you check out both sides of the fork. If you go up the valley about a quarter mile, you can get a good view of a large but inaccessible waterfall (on private property). Going right at the fork takes you to the black sand beach. There are pretty great waves at the beach if you surf or body surf. You can drive down the road if you have a vehicle with 4wd.

hiking
20 days ago

Not a bad hike but, not really a hike. The only difficult part is:

A) Getting up the road climb
B) Crossing the River-bed

There usually a lot of people on the beach though, preferred Pololu Valley vs. this one for the beach. I like this one for the exercise.

hiking
25 days ago

26 days ago

Waipio is one of the best views, the beach with pristine, it was very very steep. Definitely a hard hike even for a very physically fit person . But all and all it was really worth it and I would absolutely do it again !

hiking
26 days ago

29 days ago

This hike has great views along the way up. I recommend looking at the trail map on the outlook side before heading down to the beach. The trail is much longer than 3 miles. The map shows the various points on the trail.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, DONT PARK AT THE TOP. Drive down and park on the beach. This will save you the ridiculous walk up a paved road that has 20% grade.

Both sides on the beach have great views of the ocean and the valley. To get to the trailhead you have to cross a river. It was about 3 feet deep and had lots of slippery rocks, you can’t see. Thankfully an amazing person helped me get across.

Some reviews say there is a “spectacular” view of one of the waterfalls in the valley. The view was ok, unless they were referencing another hike along the way that you can get to.

Hike is moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, amazing views, bring lots of water! Highly recommend!

1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy trail to walk down to the valley floor and beach. the black sand beach had great waves for body surfing. the view of the falls was breathtaking. the climb up is not as difficult if you are used to hiking up hills.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

This place is absolutely beautiful!

2 months ago

half of the trail is paved so that might make you feel like you are not doing a real hike. but it is absolutely worth it. i didn't have time, but once you get to the beach (black sand beach), pass the river and go to the other side. it's more quite.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Tough but so worth it!!