Hike to Waipo'o Falls

Hawaii Spur Trail

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.4 Miles

Scenic
Waterfall

Enjoy this scenic hike of what some deem the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Take in an 800ft cascading waterfall. Be sure to bring bug spray and use it accordingly once you're close to the falls.

People have accessed the falls directly from the Canyon Trail which begins between mile marker 14 & 15. You'll follow a dirt road for a bit, this way is 3.2 miles (not my recommendation). The hike is more enjoyable via the recently opened spur trail, which starts at the Pu'u Hinahina lookout lookout and later joins up with the canyon trail. Added bonus, there's parking at the Pu'u Hinahina lookout.

The hike takes you downhill through a trail initially lined with strawberry guava trees (the little red fruits are delicious when ripe). After a little over a mile you end up on a ridge that gives you an excellent view of the Canyon. From there, you make a left and follow the trail towards the falls. The dry, red dirt canyon trail soon becomes surrounded by lush green plants, a good sign you're headed in the right direction. Soon you will end up at a fork in the trail, the right fork will lead you to a nice waterfall (double falls) and further down to the top of Waipo'o Falls. also explore the left fork as it takes you to another waterfall and deep pool. (Swimming is not recommended in kauai's fresh water due to the risk of leptospirosis)

Soak in the views and head back the same way you came in.

Pack List

  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
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The hike is over 3 miles RT and offers wonderful canyon views on a clear day. As mentioned previously, you unfortunately will not have a full views of the falls but the mountain views make this a worthwhile trip!

5 months ago
5 months ago

Great little hike! My partner and I did it and ended up with muddy boots and muddy butts, and wouldn't want it any other way. Great instructions, although we couldn't cross the river to do the last part as the rains had risen the river to high and rapid. Definitely would recommend!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Awesome hike with amazing views. Pretty steep trail in some parts but only 3.6 miles round trip. Great views of canyon and the falls but unfortunately you won't see the whole falls just segments of it. Easy hike though and worth the time 💦☀️

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Karyna Wilkerson

my favorite thing is to go where I've never been.

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