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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Please treat yourself to this short but semi-challenging hike. We went early in the morning and we were the 2nd car in the lot which is small. The trail was still wet and very slippery so do be careful. The trail is also steep and...More

Thank daqattaq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's beautiful when you reach the bottom of the trail but the hike was definitely a challenge! It's steep and very rocky.

Thank Adventurer643316
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wife, 8 year old daughter and I arrived early (9am) to get a parking spot and beat the rush and good thing we did. Hiked down a muddy trail which took about 40 minutes to the black sand beach and incredible views of a river...More

Thank Jarrad M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove to the lookout and hiked to the valley floor. Somewhat challenging but short hike. Bring water. We did it flip flops with no problem. Views from along the trail and on the beach and valley are simply incredible. Black sand beach, beautiful green...More

Thank ECSanDiego
Reviewed 13 August 2018

The track from the end of the road is steep and can be slippery in the top third after rain. The car park holds about 6 cars, with parking space along the edge of the road for about a kilometre. The walk down is quite...More

Thank Paul255057
Reviewed 12 August 2018

The road dead-ends at a short parking area. The trail starts at the end of the parking lot. It is a steep trail at some points as it winds back and forth along the hillside as it works its way to the bottom of the...More

Thank Brian O
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

A nice spot in the first valley, Waypio is the 7th and last one It’s the end of the road so the very small parking can be very packed You can take an uneasy path to go down and look at the beach down The...More

Thank Florence L
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Did this hike instead of Waipio because I was looking for a shorter hike for that day. Drove from Kailua-Kona through Waimea for a scenic drive. My advice is not to wear flip-flops, sandals are ok. Stopped at Keokea park on the way back, picnic...More

Thank Reshad R
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We did this short/steep hike to explore and enjoy the beach area located at the bottom of the trail. If you are willing to make the hike, this is certainly a must-do when visiting the Big Island. Bring water and I would suggest bring lunch...More

Thank CA2Hawaii
Reviewed 7 August 2018

First off - you don't have to hike down to the beach if you don't want to but the only other way is with a 4X4. That is the only vehicle they will allow down the incline that is this hike. It is almost a...More

Thank Sean C
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2 September 2017|
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Response from JuliePrins | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not on crutches or even someone with bad knees or ankles. It is a very challenging hike due to the steep grade and the terrain.
5 April 2016|
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Response from Matt C |
It would depend on your stamina and strength. It is a fairly steep climb back up. You are not ever climbing as with your hands and knees, but there are three switchbacks and almost constantly climbing as if on stairs.
18 November 2015|
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