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Waimea Canyon in Kauai Hiking Trails

You’ve undoubtedly seen photos of the red-tinted cliffs of Waimea Canyon dropping steeply to the floor below. With helicopters buzzing through the valley below like dragonflies and nothing separating you from the chasm between one cliff and another, you can truly experience the raw magnitude of the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” from one of the Waimea Canyon in Kauai hiking trails.

Waimea Canyon in Kauai Hiking Trails Description

Park at the Pu’u Hinahina Lookout between the 13- and 14-mile markers. At the back of the parking lot, walk through a clearing and find the trailhead to your left. While the first portion of the trail will be relatively scarce on views, the trail eventually opens up to reveal dramatic views both forward and to the right. While the path is quite wide, keep small children close-by during this section, as there is no protective rail separating you from the canyon. Formed from erosion of the Waimea River, the canyon is up to 3,600 feet deep and ten miles long.

Coming to the end of the exposed section, look forward over the ridge to see a rock arch perched precariously on the cliff across the gap. After following the Waimea Canyon trail to Waipoo Falls to the left, you’ll come to an intersection. Head to the left for a tiny waterfall, but the main attraction here is the pool surrounded by ginger plants. If you can handle the cold mountain water, this is a picturesque spot to take a dip. The waterfall to the right of the intersection takes a two-step plunge down 800 feet below, and you’re standing at the top watching the water rush onto the rocks below. To truly appreciate the scale of these falls, stop at some of the many pullouts along Highway 550 on your way up the mountain to view them from the opposite site of the canyon. The Canyon Trail is four miles round trip.

Surrounding Area

For more Waimea Canyon in Kauai hiking trails with unbeatable views, continue up the mountain to Kokee State Park. The trails of Kokee offer breathtaking views of Waimea Canyon and the famed Na Pali coastline. You can also stop by the Kokee Lodge Restaurant for a bite to eat and the Kokee Museum to have all of your hiking questions answered. The Museum Shop has Hawaiian books, hiking sticks, clothing, and locally made arts and crafts items for sale.

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Choosing any of our five south shore vacation rentals will put you in a great location for enjoying the sunny south shore while also having easy access to Waimea Canyon in Kauai hiking trails. With nearly 30 properties distributed across the island, we have a wide variety of options to match what you’re looking for. We are here to make sure you have a perfect trip to Kauai planned and to answer all of your questions about where to stay and what to do. Please contact us at 866-922-5642 or [email protected], or check out our website for more information.