From Waimea Canyon Drive, start hiking east down Kukui Trail—make sure to turn left onto Iliau Nature Loop for a short .25-mile detour past extremely rare iliau plants and unobstructed views of Wailae Falls. After reconnecting with the Kukui Trail, hike along a blood red dirt path and tackle a steep descent down switchbacks into the depths of Waimea Canyon. Keep your camera handy—postcard-worthy views of the canyon and Kauai’s rugged interior are frequent. Hike down as far as you like, and then retrace your steps back to your car.
-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk