Waimea Canyon is considered to be Hawaii's version of the Grand Canyon, much
smaller and much greener.
note 1: The drive to Waimea Canyon is relatively long, especially if you're
staying on the north side of the island. Prepare for a full day trip.
note 2: If you plan to hike at the park do not bring hiking shows, trail can
get muddy after rain !
note 3: Check the weather and see when it is raining, when it rains the trail
will get muddy and the clouds may hide the vista.
thoughts: Amazing canyon and waterfalls view, many viewing points on the way up
the mountain ridge, enjoy the changing view from each one. A lot of hiking
is considered to be one of Kauai's must-see attractions.
canyon is 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep, the long winding road that will
take you to the top of the mountains offers several remarkable lookouts and
drive start at the town of Waimea, take right on hwy 550 and start climbing the
road up the mountains.
town, 4.7 miles on hwy 550 that is going up on the ridge line there is a nice
place worth stopping: Red Dirt Waterfall.
the roadside and hike to the small waterfall going over red rock/soil, just
near the road. This is a short stop to starch your lag after the long drive and
the small water stream mixed with red rock is nice.
are many viewing points along the single road getting into the park, the most recommended
State Park here offers many outstanding hikes, but we decided to do only one,
an un-official hike I saw in YouTube.
Kalalau Lookout (not far from the end of the road) and go to the viewing
platform above the Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, amazing cellarful mountain
huge amphitheater covered with dance rainforest.
here you need to take what is called Kalepa Ridge Trail. Walk all the way to
the left side of the viewing platform and pass the fence to the other side. You
will notice the trail going down sharply. Follow the trail that is following
down the ridge top right on the sharp cliffs.
trail offers endless viewing point into the green canyons below, the blue ocean
to the west and the surrounding colorful mountains. Keep going down the trail
all the way to it ending. Take into consideration you will need to climb all
the way back up so you do not need to go all the way down….
recommended hikes in the park (we did not do):
·Puhuuinahina Lookout Trail: The
trail to the top of Waipo'o Falls
·Pihea Trail: The trail starts at
the very end of the road, the 2 mile Pihea trail will take you to Pihea vista
point overlooking the Kalalau valley.
·Alakai Swamp trail: Located deep in
the mountain, you can go all the way to Kilohana lookout.
indeed one of Kauai jams, large park with amazing view, many hiking options; Overall
fun day trip and something different to do.