we took a drive north on our last day to visit princeville and hanalei bay before catching our red eye, so we stopped to quickly hike out to these falls. there is a second larger set a little down the river but we were pressed for time. nice falls and a quick easy walk. crowded.
we decided to go back to waimea canyon and hike out to waipoo falls since it looked so cool on the drive up to koke'e a few days prior.
to be clear, you hike to the top of the falls on this route and never really see them. the best views of the falls are from the road up the park. that said, this is still a high yield short hike with excellent views into waimea canyon and we all thought the scenic eye candy was well worth it
with the Napali coast and Kalaua trail still closed, this became the hike we definitely wanted to get in.
we had a picture perfect weather day. the way down had some mud, but it wasn't as crazy as it often is (i'm told). a lot of the hike is through dense forest. it opens up a little bit here and there towards the end. and then the end hits you like a frickin ton of bricks. probably as good of a payoff viewpoint as i could imagine. absolutely stunning place!
top 3 lunch spot all timer.
it's a brisk climb back up, but everyone was just fine. the trail dried up a little too.
there are some excellent hikes up in koke'e state park. it's a nice drive up there too. we headed down to the lodge afterwards for some cold drinks. wonderful day
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