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Kukui Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5' 1 m
Descent: -2,247' -685 m
High: 2,921' 890 m
Low: 674' 206 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Steve Jackson

A short but steep route into Waimea Canyon.

Steve Jackson

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Description

This trail descends about 2,000 feet in about 2.5 miles. You start at the nature trail and end up at the campground at the Waimea River. Most of this trail is exposed, so you'll get the full force of the sun. Did I say it was steep? Like all of these steep trails in Waimea/Kokee, it is really difficult to hike if it is raining or has just rained. The trails are very slippery.

As you head down the trail and see more of the cliffs on the left side, you may also see many small waterfalls depending on how much rain there has been. They drain into an intermittent creek that flows to the Waimea. On a couple of trips down this trail, I have seen goats near and right on the trail.

Once you reach bottom, you come to the Waimea River and the campsite. Mosquitos may be plentiful so bring repellant. You can choose to continue up the trail along the river, or go even further into Koaie canyon on the Koaie Canyon Trail. You can also make a right and follow a trail 11 miles to Waimea town.

After a short break, it's back up the Kukui Trail, 2.5 miles and 2,000 plus feet up.

Bring sunscreen, insect repellant and lots of water.

Flora & Fauna

Goats, birds,

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Apr 7, 2019
Julie Matthews
Much faster on the way up than on the way down. Beautiful views of the canyon most of the way down. Quite a bit of sun exposure so wear sunscreen! 5.1mi — 4h 01m
Jul 2, 2017
Erin Chakalos
2.3mi
Jun 10, 2017
Scott Johnson
5mi
Sep 18, 2016
Vickie Okrzesik
2.3mi

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Small waterfalls on the cliffs to the left as you are hiking down
Jan 24, 2016 near Waimea, HI
Another view of Waimea canyon
Jan 24, 2016 near Waimea, HI
Panorama shot about midway down the trail
Jan 24, 2016 near Waimea, HI
More waterfalls
Jan 24, 2016 near Waimea, HI
View into the canyon from near the beginning of the trail
Jan 24, 2016 near Waimea, HI

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