Conquering this world one trail at a time. Don't call me when you want to go shopping, call me when there's hiking involved. And can I bring my dogs?
Stay at Lower Falls Campground, site #13 was close to the river to afford the white noise of the river, located across from the bathrooms and giving you access to trail #31 by your own leg of the trail. Hike Lewis River trail #31 that leaves right from your campsite on a well maintained trail that includes views of Lower, Middle and Upper Lewis falls as well as 3 others.
Stay at Lower Falls Campground, site #13 was close to the river to afford the white noise of the river, located acro
Just outside of Carson, follow the sign on from main road to Panther Creek. Once on the side road follow the signs for Trout Lake. You'll come to a part in the road where FALLS is spray painted on the asphalt , park at the gravel pit on the right and walk back the way you came to the falls trail. This trail takes you to the platform. For the more adventurous, keep walking along the road past the "official" trail to find a trail off to the right. This trail is steep at first with rope holds to help you down the first half of the trail. From there pick your way down using rocks as foot holds, and roots and trees to steady your descent. Not a long hike but takes a bit of time being careful on your descent. Your reward, Panther Creek falls at eye level, amazing!! We did it with two dogs, a bit anxiety inducing but they did fine (mom was the worried one :) )
Just outside of Carson, follow the sign on from main road to Panther Creek.
Easy 3.4 mile rountrip hike on a well maintained trail with an absolutely stunning waterfall as your reward. Easily done by your 4 legged friends as well.
Easy 3.4 mile rountrip hike on a well maintained trail with an absolutely stunning waterfall as your reward.
This Falls now shows up on Google maps but still not a soul in sight. Nice little stop on your way through to wherever you’re going
This Falls now shows up on Google maps but still not a soul in sight.
Access to Secret Beach has changed since this original post. From Kuhio Hwy turn onto Kalihiwai Rd and within the first quarter mile turn right onto an unnamed dirt road. Park at the end of the road, you'll be looking at a few houses, to the left in between two stone walls you'll see the start of the trail. Downhill and clay so it can be slippery but there are rocks and roots on the trail to provide footing.
Access to Secret Beach has changed since this original post.
Hike the Canyon Trail which starts to the left of the lookout. Easy to moderate difficulty, approximately 2.5 miles one way. Unmatched views of the canyon and a short offshoot trail that takes you to the top of Waipo'o Falls.
Hike the Canyon Trail which starts to the left of the lookout.
Not too far from Abiqua falls but less than half the visitors. This is now one of our favorites, I would highly recommend going in the winter or spring when the water levels are higher.
Not too far from Abiqua falls but less than half the visitors.
The trail is easy to find once you've driven/walked down the road far enough. Most vehicles can make almost all of the drive but it does get sketchy at the end and I'd only venture driving down to the gate if you have a 4x4. There are some spots in the trail that become steep with slippery clay underfoot, but some ropes have been installed as hand rails and help with the descent/ascent. After you reach the river is scrambling along rocks and underneath a few fallen trees until you get to the falls. There may be more actual trail during different seasons, we went in the winter after a period of numerous days of rain, river was high.
The trail is easy to find once you've driven/walked down the road far enough.
Take the trail to the south beach. I can't say that it's quieter, but it's less dense with people, surfers and dogs running off leash. It's odd, it's the same beach, but it's not where everyone congregates. Make it a point to hike Cape Falcon.
Take the trail to the south beach.
Well maintained, easily hike able trail. Do not let the cars in the parking lot deter you, most people are there for the beach and not the hike. Pack a lunch and hang out at the end of the trail, beautiful view, well worth it.
Well maintained, easily hike able trail.
The smoke cover in the area from the nearby Whitewater fire has obscured the view from this hike . The entire area was covered with smoke until about 4 or 5 pm on both days we tried to hike. Even the lower elevation hikes in the area ore smoke covered and the air is stringer on your nose/throat without exertion.
We did a truncated version of this hike called the Bagley Lakes trail. At the time there was water from the melting snow running underneath some snow bridges that were causing unstable conditions on a section of the Chain of Lakes trail. The day before someone had fallen through chest deep and had to be pulled out.
This hike was still unbelievably beautiful, gorgeous clear water and views of the mountains. Perfect for a little swim for our two dogs.
We did a truncated version of this hike called the Bagley Lakes trail.
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