Waimea, Hawaii, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV+(V) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||130 fpm|
|Max Gradient||328 fpm|
|Wainiha River nr Hanalei, Kauai, HI|
|usgs-16108000||200 - 15000 cfs||II-IV+(V)||00h44m||50 cfs (too low)|
One of the most beautiful canyons in the world! A tough, hot 2.5 mile hike (Kukui Trail) to put
in for a nice section of Class III-IV+. You can hike further up canyon for more action: either
hike til a fork at Koai'e Canyon or (depending on flow) hike up Koai'e Canyon to Lonomea
There's a nice short play section available by hiking up from top of Waimea River Road. You will have to ferry the river several times as you hike up -- go as far as you can hike. If you commit to the Ditch Road, plan on 2 extra miles of up hill hiking (with no river in sight). It's worth every step!
|Lonomea Camp to Kaluanaulu Camp||2.5||285||328|
|Kaluanaulu Camp to Keanapahu||3.6||89||140|
|Keanapahu to gauge (end of Waimea Road)||4.85||78||116|
See also: Koaie Stream page where a trip report also gives some description of Waimea Canyon.