"Waimea Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls" is an approximately 5km hiking trail with 150 meters of elevation gain. It leads through beautiful forest, past wonderful viewpoints and ends at a waterfall. It starts between Milemarker 13 and 14 towards Kokee State Park.
One of the absolute "must see" on Kauai is a visit to Waimea Canyon. The canyon was formed thousands of years ago by several volcanic eruptions, shaped by powerful earthquakes that almost split the island. The canyon is about 1500 meters wide, 22km long and over 1000 meters deep. Because of its similarity to its big "brother" in Arizona (Grand Canyon), Waimea Canyon is also called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". However, it is not as big, but much more colorful, because besides the red, brown, gray and other earth tones, there is also green.
For a visit to these natural highlights you should reserve the early morning hours or the late afternoon - then the light conditions in the gorge are particularly impressive and an enchanting play of colors of red, gold, gray and green changes depending on the position of the sun and clouds to dramatic spectacles.
Depending on how active you want to be when exploring the canyon, there are different ways to get to know the highlight of Kauai. The most expensive, albeit with a perspective that you will certainly not have again, is a helicopter ride.
The easiest way to get there is by rental car. To do this, drive southwest from the Kaumualii Highway to the coastal village of Waimea. There, Hwy 550 (Waimea Canyon Highway) branches off north into the interior of the island. After driving about 20 kilometers, you will come to the first of the numerous lookouts, all of which offer a different view of Waimea Canyon and the Waipoo Falls offer