Kauai is home to one of Hawaii’s most incredible natural wonders; Waimea Canyon. Given the nickname “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain, Waimea Canyon is a large canyon that stretches roughly 10 miles long, 1 mile across and 3,000 feet deep. And unlike its dry counterpoint in Arizona, Waimea Canyon is covered in lush greenery and waterfalls.
For beginners and families, the Waimea Canyon Cliff Trail Kauai is a great introduction into hiking at the Waimea Canyon State Park. Running along the ridge top, this trail is a series of gorgeous panoramic views. Parking is available at the lookout at the beginning of the hike.
The Cliff Trail is only a tenth of a mile long, making it a short round trip that can be completed within a half hour. Your scenic vantage point will give you a good perception of the size and depth of the canyon. You may encounter more than other hikers along the way as our local mountain goats frequent the area.
Beginners looking for a longer leisurely stroll can park at the Koke’e State Park entrance off of Koke’e Road and head out on foot from there, taking a stroll along Halemanu Road (0.8 mile dirt road) that will bring you the beginning of the Cliff Trail. Ending this trip at the Cliff Trail overlook makes for a nice two-hour round trip hike.