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Honokaa, Hawaii Map

Native Coloradan, climbed many 14ers, trail racer, mountain biker, blah, blah, blah....That said....This is not an easy trail, don't fool yourself. There is no flat, always up or down, and often steep. The weather changes very quickly and a wet or muddy trail could be seriously hazardous or fatal. You will be climbing the sides of cliffs, crossing water, and experiencing constant elevation change. If you start at Waipio Valley Artworks, the total distance is closer to 10 miles. It will rain, it may be hard to start a campfire, be prepared. You will sweat and smell like an ox, hydration is critical. The good news is there is plenty of water. Filter and / or treat and there's plenty to drink. The bad news is there are times of sun exposure that will turn your mouth into a dragons toilet. The hike out of Waipio Valley on the Z Trail is steep but not a lotta risk of falling off the edge because of the berms and vegetation. In many places though, you may as well be climbing stairs, it's that steep. Start early because, the sun. Once on top it's up and down, at least 8 water crossings, potentially as many as 11 if it's been raining. The hike down into Waimanu is steep, with a couple of narrow trail sections that when wet, are spooky, a wood off camber bridge is even spookier. The trail is full of mischievous little rocks that like to jump under your shoes when you're not looking. Lotsa slipping and sliding in the mud and leaves. Why do it? The valley is stunning, the beach is amazing; stay two nights and relax, it's worth it. But keep in mind, if the trail were a ski slope it's a black diamond. It can &%$# you up...

Nice walk through native forest with explanatory booklet. Quite muddy but worth it.

Strongly recommend driving down to the beach if you have a 4 wheel drive. The 2 miles to get down are on a paved road and not as scenic as you can get once you start the hike from the beach.
Great views saw 3 waterfalls!!! Also go early because as the tide goes up it gets its harder to cross over the water that goes into the valley to start the hike.

steep hike down into the valley but totally worth it. we kept going on the trail through the flooded roads and ended up at the horse stables. the beaches are beautiful and i imagine would be a great place for surfing. be careful and watch out for passing trucks and locals speeding by. bring plenty of water

One of the most challenging yet rewarding hikes on the big island. Most local Hawaiians have never seen the valley. Definitely have to leave a piece of yourself on the trail.

30 days ago

Good hiking once you get down the steep grade paved road. If we would go again, definitely drive our Jeep down the road to the beach and begin the hiking adventure from there.

You will remember this hike for days - as in the aches and pains in your legs! It was beautiful though. We arrived as the tide was rising so we chose not to navigate the large rocks on the beach. It's definitely a fascinating experience.

worth every step...

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!

A hard and beautiful hike. I would not suggest this as a day trip in and out to anyone other than a really serious athlete. Also, so lovely at the end, why not stay a night? My perspective-Although an active person and in medium shape, I don’t do cardio (not a runner or really... anything other than climbing and light hiking) so this hike was challenging for me! By the end of the hike in, my calves and knees were jello. The “z trail” section as well as the last half mile are challenging, but the middle, although more flat, is a series of 10 descents/ascents. The trail is muddy of the “gushy” variety at least 30% of the time. Other times it is less gushy but muddy, sometimes very slippery, and occasionally lovely pine needles. The initial z trail going up switchbacks was quite an endurance hall, but made MUCH better by going early before it was full sun. We started the trail at 6:30 am and I wouldn’t recommend starting much later than that if you don’t want to be baked by the time you finish the first mile. Descending this is easier on the way out than ascending on the way in. The middle section is described above. The last part is descending some pretty slick terrain- steep, wet, covered in slippery leaves. I found ascending this on the way out easier (although tiring) than descending it on the way in. We used walking sticks (each had one) and it helped tremendously with the descents. At the beach campsites- two annoying things are the helicopters flying over and the mongooses/cats trying to steal your food.
Additionally, on the hike especially near streams... lots of mosquitos! Long clothing is best if you have some for sun protection/ warm weather. I wore a tank top and had 30 bites (even with deet) on my arms and back alone. Saw no boars but lots of signs of them.
So... with all these challenges, is it worth it? I would say absolutely. The waterfall views are truly beautiful, and of the 4 hikes we did this was the most rewarding. The beach at the end is great and has lovely scenery. Things we did right- bringing a water filter, walking sticks, and a hammock. Things I would do differently- wear long sleeves, not bring binoculars, maybe start even earlier on the way in.

Very easy and well marked

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.

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.

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.

Amazing hike. Like everyone says the book end up and downs are killer. We day hiked it so we parked down at the beach to eliminate the extra road trip to the trail head. Do not, do not follow this maps route to the falls! Once at the beach at Waimanu go past #10 campsite and follow the edge of the valley in to the falls. About a mile. It is sparsely marked with pink ribbons. Well worth the effort.

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.

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.

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.

Absolutely stunning in every way. Be respectful of this beautiful place... stay on the trail, pack out your trash, and let nature entertain you rather than have all sorts of noisy music going on. Hawaii is magic!

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!

6 months ago

No one around. Lush, dense rainforest. Trails in pretty good shape with good signs (although AllTrails app was still key at times). We didn't do the route shown on this page, but did a different 2 mile loop.

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.

Easy, yet so beautiful and peaceful. If it's wet, be careful as you can slip and fall.

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

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.

Beautiful foliage, lush and wild. Easy trail. Very shaded and damp on this day

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.

Start is hot and tough... middle is actually pretty easy with lots of streams to fill water. Last mile is worse than the beginning. After getting to camp absolutely take trail to waterfall. Very hard to navigate but a must. If you can get a ride down the hill to the start of the trail do it.

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