Canyon & Waipo'o Falls Trail

Rate this Adventure 3 miles 600 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by KaRyle Soto

Expansive interior views of Waimea Canyon while walking along a ridge & ending at the top of the 800ft Waipo'o Falls!There's a smaller waterfall that feeds into Waipo'o & creates a pool to swim in.

Drive up to Waimea Canyon state park via Waimea Canyon drive. Go to Pu'u Hinahina lookout, between mile markers 13-14, park & at the back of the lookout is where the trail starts.

It's moderately strenuous, mostly due to the decline/incline of the beginning portion of the hike. After that, it mellows out & is fairly level the rest of the way. It's a short hike, as well, at roughly 3 miles roundtrip.

If you're not interested in trees, the first half of the trail is boring & underwhelming, but once it opens up to the Canyon & you're walking along the dirt ridge looking down to the valley floor 3000ft below you & the vastness of the Canyon looking all the way to the ocean, it's awesome!

As you get closer to the falls, going to the left will lead you to the watering hole you can swim in. Going to the right will lead you to the front of Waipo'o Falls & it's top tier. If it's not raging, you're able to walk in-front of it & have your photo taken "in" the falls.

Please be very careful when in/around the waterfall. A few people have slipped on the rocks or the loose dirt & fell.

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Fitness
Chillin
Photography
Running
Swimming
Backpacking
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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