Waimanu Valley Trail Backpack

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Waimanu Valley Trail Backpack

Waimanu Valley Trail Backpack Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Waimanu Valley is famed for much of the same kind of beauty as is Waipio Valley. Smaller Waimanu Valley was once well-populated and fertile, too. But Waimanu is now utterly uninhabited and wild. It’s preserved as the Waimanu National Estuarine Research Reserve. Take this trip only during the “dry” season (roughly May through October) because of the large number of potentially dangerous stream crossings involved.

Trail closures are frequent; check first. Even in the dry season, you must ford at least two good-sized streams on this trip: Wailoa Stream in Waipio Valley (nearly armpit-deep on me) and Waimanu Stream in Waimanu Valley (waist-deep on me). Be sure you and your backpack are prepared to get wet. Also be sure you have a rainproof tent: it will almost certainly rain at night in Waimanu. Caution: This trip is not for beginning backpackers."

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8/2/2008
Just did this amazing trip and happened to step into a dry spell for this area a few weeks back on the hike in. The first river was not very deep as well as the second river in waimanu. Most of the waterfalls were dried up in waimanu due to the lack of rain but quickly started to trickle on my second day when the monsoon rains started. well worth the hike. Be prepared and do lots of stairmaster for the hikes in/ out of waipio and waimanu. Good trip.
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7/28/2008
A magical 6-night backpacking trip rich in adventure and isolation. Crosses 2 rivers and the mountain Queen's Bath, a midway refreshing pool in which to swim. Stunning views, waterfalls and flora. Really hard to turn around and leave Waimanu Valley. Bring your fishing pole! Lydia Hemmings
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Trail Information

Hilo
Nearby City
17
Distance
4,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
11 hours
Duration
USGS Kukuihaele
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