Kukui Trail to overlooks

Waimea, Hawaii 96796

Kukui Trail to overlooks

Kukui Trail to overlooks Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike follows the first mile of the Kukui Trail into Waimea Canyon, descending to two spectacular viewpoints, each with a bench. Across the canyon are several waterfalls that stay in view throughout the one-mile descent. Waialae Falls is the dominant waterfall plunging off the cliffs. Wild goats are frequently visible along the canyon ridges.

Follow the Iliau Nature Loop (Hike 13) on the right. After 100 yards, the nature loop bears left. Take the signed right fork on the Kukui Trail past the covered picnic area. Switchbacks lead downhill a quarter mile into the canyon to the first viewing area, graced with a bench. Quarter-mile markers are placed along the trail. Every step takes you deeper into the canyon and offers a changing view and perspective. Continue down to a second viewing area on an eroded promontory with a bench, just beyond the one-mile marker. The second viewing area is the turnaround point for this hike."

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I really like this trail but it's not for everyone. The hike down is fun. The hike back up is a killer. 2000 feet up in about 2 miles. I would suggest to go down the first mile until the clearing. The last mile is hot, humid, stinky...all those goats, and the brush is thick. That first mile you can get some GREAT photos.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
1.5 hours
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