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:
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:
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 - Beschreibung

"Waimea Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls" is an approximately 5km long 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-sees" 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 colourful because, besides the red, brown, grey 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 - this is when the light conditions in the gorge are particularly impressive. An enchanting play of red, gold, grey and green colour changes, depending on the position of the sun and clouds, lead to dramatic spectacles.

Depending on how active you want to be while exploring the canyon, there are different ways to get to know the highlight of Kauai. The most expensive option is a helicopter ride but it is a very different perspective than inside the canyon.

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 kilometres, you will arrive at the first of numerous lookouts, all of which offer a different view of Waimea Canyon and the Waipoo Falls .

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 big crowds. 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. You can also take a small bath here. The more it rains during the days, the more spectacular the waterfalls become. They disappear completely during dry times. Nevertheless, this tour is always worthwhile.
Our checklist & tips:
  • Enough liquid (at least 2 liters)
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Sturdy footwear (preferably proper mountain boots with a solid sole)
  • Either in the early morning hours or towards the evening. This is when the light conditions and shadows are the most beautiful
  • Pack swimwear 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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