Waimea Canyon Trail

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Phone (808) 274-3433
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Address 5574 Menehune Rd, Waimea, HI 96796
Moderately difficult, 7 mile long trail that parallels the Waimea River.

Features
• General: Camping • General: Cost: Free
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking
• Hiking: Length: 5-8 Miles • Hiking: Level: Moderate
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail
• Sightseeing: Great Views • Vehicle Activities: Biking

Matt Anderson's Take
The Waimea Canyon Trail is a 7 mile long, out and back style hiking trail on the island of Kaua'i with two trail heads. The most common trailhead access point is on the south end of the trail which at the end of Menehune Road in Waimea town, see our map / directions page for the exact location.


The northern trailhead is located at the end of the Kukui Trail. Over the the entire trail you'll be looking at elevation gains of around 780 feet. For most, the trail is considered to be of moderate difficulty which is mostly due to the 7 mile long length which means a 14 mile total hike if you walk the entire trail out and back.


Part way through the trail will give you the option to take the Pu'u Ki-Wai'alae Trail and at the northern end you'll also have the option to keep going on the Koaie Canyon Trail.


The trail parallels the Waimea River for much of the hike so this isn't a hike to do if it's wet out or there is a threat of rain due to a possible Flash Flood.


The trail also fords the river so you will get wet as you cross and that should be attempted when conditions are good and safe. On that note of safety, be sure to also read Hiking Safety & Essentials before attempting any hike. Camping is available but a permit is required and must be printed and kept with you at all times.
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