Backpacking Waimea Canyon

Date: 5/29 - 5/31/2016
Type: Backpacking, Hiking, and Exploring.
Who went - KC, Gaby, Dan, and Me.
Weather - Dry (for Kauai), highs in mid - 70's, lows in the 60's.

Waimea Canyon is often called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii, and standing at the rim, you can definitely see why. It has a similar reddish color with green all over, and a near sheer depth of 2500 feet adds to the comparison. 

Backpack down into the canyon

Setting Up Camp at Wiliwili - After about an hour or so hike, we arrived at the Wiliwili campsite. There was one main camping area in a grove of trees along the Waimea stream, with a fire pit right in the middle, and arriving at around 4:30, we realized very quickly the importance of getting a fire going asap. This is the time that the mosquitoes start to emerge from their slumber, or whatever it is that mosquitoes do for the bulk of the day. The fire helped a lot, but 40% deet works even better.

Hike Up Waimea Canyon

Deciding to give up on keeping the footwear dry.

Well, most of us.

One of the coolest parts of this hike was finding un-natural landmarks along with the phenomenal natural beauty.

Looks like some old irrigation control that needed to be explored.

Hike Down Waimea Canyon

The Hike Out - Mountain House Breakfast Skillet - check, backpack loaded - check, Camelback filled - check, let's go!


Tips and Tricks
  • Plan on dealing with mosquitoes when camping by the stream.
  • The weather is generally drier and a little cooler than on the North or East sides of the island.


  • Wiliwili Campground - ()
  • Your Backpack


See you out there!

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