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Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls - 5 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 21 2019
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Canyon Trail to Waipoo FallsKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2019
fricknaley
Hiking3.30 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
1,060 ft AEG
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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
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Dec 16 2017
ddgrunning
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 Guides 1
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Canyon Trail to Waipoo FallsKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
ddgrunning
Hiking3.36 Miles 1,019 AEG
Hiking3.36 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.17 mph
1,019 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Hike 1 of 3, on a whirlwind tour of Waimea Canyon area. Trail was slippery and muddy from recent rains. Mostly forest views for the first mile or so, then it opens up on a ridge which then drops into a smaller falls along the stream and then travels down to the money spot, right at the edge of upper Waiopo Falls. Gorgeous views into Waimea Canyon. I crossed the stream above the falls, hoping to get a better view of the falls from a vantage point further down the trail, but the trail was much less defined on the other side of the stream and was extremely muddy and slick. Time was ticking as well, so I decided to expend my energy on exploring a couple of other spots further up canyon.
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Oct 21 2016
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Canyon Trail to Waipoo FallsKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2016
John9L
Hiking3.53 Miles 858 AEG
Hiking3.53 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.12 mph
858 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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clairebear
Chumley had plans for a moderate hike and Claire and I wanted something quick and easy so we headed over to Waipoo Falls. We started from the highway and hiked the road in. This section is very easy and flew by. We hit the true trailhead and then headed over to Observation Point. The views were wonderful!

From there we connected onto the Waipoo Falls trail and headed for the waterfall. Again it’s easy going and there are plenty of tourist on this trail (Including us!). Once we reached the falls we scrambled down to the start of the waterfall. This is a tiered waterfall and the top section only drops a couple hundred feet. The big drop was lower down and out of sight. We took a variety of pics and then headed back the way we came. On the return two dogs came running up to us. I thought they may attack us but they were both really sweet dogs. They were very friendly and appeared to be hungry. A local was driving out and picked up the dogs. I assume he knew the owner.

This was a nice and easy hike and I’m glad we spent the time to see it. Give this hike a go if you have two hours and want something easy.
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Waimea Canyon
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Double Rainbow Rainbow
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Jun 12 2016
The_Whit
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 Routes 77
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38 female
 Joined Mar 12 2015
 Phoenix
Waimea Canyon Cliff Trail, HI 
Waimea Canyon Cliff Trail, HI
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2016
The_Whit
Hiking2.82 Miles 1,424 AEG
Hiking2.82 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   1.74 mph
1,424 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Jon and I explored the west side of Kaua'i with a trip to Waimea Canyon. He wasn't in the mood to hike as much today as he wanted to get out to sea. We compromised with a short trail along the cliffs which led to a small waterfall. The views were breathtaking, as the Waimea Canyon is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. A small section (1/4 mile) of descent on an open cliff would have been extremely treacherous in the rain. Thankfully, this side of the island does not receive as much rainfall as the tropical north shore, so the conditions were dry. The soil was loose and despite good tread and solid footing, I slipped slightly a couple of times.
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Waimea Canyon
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Oct 14 2014
Mike_Fels
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 Routes 17
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71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Canyon Trail to Waipoo FallsKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2014
Mike_Fels
Hiking5.13 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles
1,118 ft AEG
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mtabbert
Okay I'm seriously bummed. Well I'll get to that later...

This trail can be reached from the Pu'u Hinahina lookout and the beginning of Halemanu Road. We entered at Pu'u and exited at Halemanu. The trail in from Halemanu makes the use of a dirt road for the first half of the hike avoiding a lot of muddy and slippery trails. But it also avoids the more scenic trail. Both are about the same distance, but if you park at one and then come out the other then there is a 1/2 mile hike back on the main road to the car.

Hiking poles definitely help navigate the trails if they are muddy.

On the way down you pass the Cliff Trail which lead us to a sizable waterfall, which at the time we thought was another view of Waipo'o Falls. It's not and checking the historical versions of Google Earth apparently it's rare for this to have much water. As rainy as it was for us this falls was fairly sizable.

So then we came to a dirt ridge with a forest on one side and a thousand foot drop on the other. The trail follows this ridge, in fact there's not much choice in the matter. Beautiful views of the canyon. Then a steep dirt slope that drops about 90 feet to a flat area that seemed to have only one trail to continue, straight North. This led us to a maybe 30 foot waterfall and a pond. And so we made our way back happy with what we saw.

What we didn't know was that from the bottom of that 90 foot slope there is another trail heading East that in another few hundred feet we would have been standing between the upper and lower Waipo'o Falls. So that's why I am bummed. But, after doing some searching I found that the main part of the falls is really not visible because we would have been at the top of it. Still even the small upper portion would have been nice to see.

According to the map, which we didn't have at the time, this trail continues around the rim of the canyon several miles then meets the same road we returned on a few miles further up.

No matter how it's done this is a nice hike.

Oops almost forgot... From anywhere in he vicinity of the 90 foot slope there is a very picturesque stone arch sticking out from the canyon wall straight ahead. Don't miss it.
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Oct 14 2014
mtabbert
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67 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Canyon Trail to Waipoo FallsKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2014
mtabbert
Hiking5.13 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles
1,118 ft AEG
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Jan 15 2013
leonesiegel
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61 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Canyon Trail to Waipoo FallsKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
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leonesiegel
Hiking3.20 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.92 mph
600 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Our first of many "mud adventures" on this island named Kauai that I knew little about, but quickly learned how special a place this is. A good part of the trail is an easily passable road, there were a couple of tree service trucks that were leaving as we hiked in. A moderate hike with some up and downs, great payoff near the finale with plateau views of magnificent Waimea. Head down the open area and to the left to find a small waterfall and pool, continue on another spur trail to find yet another pool and falls and the precipice of the Waipoo Falls, unfortunately a view of which is below this vantage point. Next trip will hike for the view of Waipoo!
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Aug 28 1991
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Canyon trail loop, HI 
Canyon trail loop, HI
 
Hiking avatar Aug 28 1991
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
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This was loop hike using a couple of trails and dirt roads. Great views into Waimea Canyon.
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average hiking speed 1.99 mph

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