Waimea Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

Waimea Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

Suitable for:
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
3 hours
Optimal arrival time:
08:30 o' clock
Suitable for:
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
3 hours
Optimal arrival time:
08:30 o' clock

Profile of the hike

Distance total
4,64 Kilometer
Distance uphill
2,11 Kilometer
Distance downhill
2,15 Kilometer
Altitude meters uphill
246 Meter
Altitude meters downhill
- 246 Meter

Waimea Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls - description

"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

What we say

This tour is best done while "passing through", or if you only spend one day in Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park, as it only takes about 2-3 hours. It is the best way to get to know the canyon outside of the tourist lookouts without much hassle. The tour is easy and ends at Waipioo Falls, which plunges 100 meters or more over a ledge. There is also a small waterfall a few meters away from Waipoo Falls that pours into a pool. Here you can also take a small bath. The more it rains during the days, the more spectacular the waterfalls become. In dry times they disappear completely. Nevertheless, this tour is always worthwhile.
Our checklist & tips:
  • Enough liquid (at least 2 liters)
  • Sunscreen and sun milk
  • Sturdy footwear (preferably proper mountain boots with a solid sole)
  • Either in the early morning hours or towards the evening. Then the light conditions and shadow plays are the most beautiful.
  • Pack swim trunks for a dip at the upper Waipoo waterfall.

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Map and contact data

779 Kokee Rd, Waimea, HI96796
Longitude: -159.67016257441927
Latitude: 22.109828260049763

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