Waipio Valley Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Waipio Valley Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 5.7 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, walking, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1453 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

off road driving

walking

beach

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

private property

7 days ago

It’s a gorgeous and sacred place! The steep road isn’t that hard if you’re in ok shape. Please pack out what you pack in, that includes fruit peels and anything that wasn’t there before you got there. It’s infuriating as a visitor to see trash. Not to mention how the locals feel about it! Respect the locals and private land. Do not trespass to get a better Instagram picture! Respect nature and it’s forces. If the river is too high and fast, don’t try to cross it.
We counted 7 waterfalls in the valley! I’m talking massive waterfalls!

hiking
25 days ago

The trail is indeed steep, but it is also shaded by the lush landscape. We did not cross the stream, but the beach and viewing the double waterfalls was amazing. I would rate this as moderate plus-I sure don't think it is as hard a Koko Crater on Oahu! We lucked out and had a partly cloudy day, which helped. Big Island Brewhaus has Happy Hour from 3-6 and we made it. They have an amazing menu with many vegan and vegetarian options.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable and picturesque trail to hike. Took us about 2.5 hours to complete, and the final trek up the steep grade took about 30 minutes. The stream outlet was in the center of the beach and water was flowing fast at least one foot deep and about 20 feet across as it was a rainy day, so be careful if you decide to ford it. We recovered afterwards at Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea and enjoyed an award-winning local brew with homestyle pub meal.

1 month ago

As the locals say “1 mile down-10 miles up”! Worth the leg burn down. Beach and waterfall views are awesome. Think Stairmaster going up! Pack water, snacks and wear good shoes. Go earn that beer! Recommend the nachos at Big Island Brewing in Waimea for post-climb refuel.

1 month ago

Amaizing hike

2 months ago

The trail has great views of the bay. It is strenuous on the way back. Tallest waterfalls in Big island is visible on the hike when you follow hike along the back waters. Black sand beach is very nice too. Should visit in the morning hours as later than noon gets very hot in the valley.

2 months ago

Beautiful beach! We hiked in the morning (10:30am-12pm or so) and were happily in the shade throughout. The sun was starting to appear over the road as we were reaching the end of our return trip out of the valley. The steep ascent would have been much more strenuous in full sun so recommend visiting in the morning.

2 months ago

no more than a moderate hike to follow the very steep county road to the valley, then to follow along the valley floor to see magical vistas of a waterfall, wild horses, and walk along the amazing beach. we checked with the warden - so long as you are on the county road and beach you are not on private property. got busy by the time we were coming up the road - be careful for cars and stupid (not local) drivers who don't know what they are doing. we hiked the length of the beach and far enough up the (otherwise overnight) trail on the far side of the valley to look back from another angle - highly recommended. please respect the private property of others who live here so that the well behaved public can continue to enjoy this sacred valley.

hiking
3 months ago

Killer

hiking
3 months ago

Information on this trail is misleading. It is a 6 mile round trip. The first mile or less is down an extremely steep road used by vehicles too. Once you are down you take the road to your immediate right to the beach. If you go straight you see the waterfalls from the road but can’t take the path to get closer. The signs are clearly marked trail closed. No trespassing. If you continue on the road you can cross two streams to a dead end. The views are spectacular. The road back up is a killer but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker just be in reasonable shape. It’s really really steep!

hiking
4 months ago

Steep hike down and up. Up was rough. Saw wild horses at the bottom and the black sand beach was amazing. Worth the walk back up.

5 months ago

Favorite hike on the big island. Make sure to spend some time on the beach and walk to the switchbacks on the other side.

5 months ago

Into and out of the valley is steep paved road. Walking trails and black sand beach are beautiful. If you are lucky you will see wild horses. Well worth the steep hike out. Bring water.

5 months ago

The road itself is short, but very steep (20-25% gradient). Views are very beautiful. Bring water. There are port-a-potties at the floor of the valley near the beach. Worth seeing the valley from the bottom.

5 months ago

Phenomenal

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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.

7 months 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 !

7 months 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
7 months ago

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

8 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.

8 months ago

This place is absolutely beautiful!

8 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.

9 months ago

Tough but so worth it!!

hiking
9 months ago

Just got back from doing with my girlfriend which was awesome , but we wanted to hike more or explore more of the island . Then again it was great and epic view of the mountains. Can anyone tell us what hikes are great .

9 months ago

The hill is very steep, but the view of the waterfall alone is worth it. Great views and seeing the Wild Horses was an added bonus.

hiking
9 months ago

the things we'll do for a black sand beach, lol. 800 vertical feet over 0.6 miles with average 25% grade was killer on the way back up. this 'valley of kings' was pretty majestic a.f.

10 months ago

This valley is like a postcard. The grade on the road down is for real...... But the beach at the bottom is so worth it! Not too rough on the day we were there. We enjoyed playing in the shallow surf and hanging out on the hammock at the edge of the forest touching the beach.

walking
10 months ago

Great view from the overlook, you can either 4-wheel down or walk down the road. We walked. Just beside the steep road down is a deep trench, so watch your kids, and be prepared for a tough haul back up. Make sure you go all the way to the beach if you do go down.

10 months ago

if you are not in great shape this would be a straight forward yet very physically challenging walk up a paved road. you can drive a 4wd vehicle up and down the trail then hike to the beach and waterfall at the bottom. would recommend this approach

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