This is our second hike in Kauai and started just inside Kokee State Park on the west side of the island. The hike started at over 3500 feet and the terrain is a lot different from the tropical rainforest hike we did just a couple days ago. Hiking on the dry side of Kauai made the 3.6 mile loop feel like we were in somewhere in California or Arizona. (There is good reason to call Waimea Canyon the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.)
About 1 1/3 mile into the hike, we found out why this is call the Cliff Canyon Trail. No guardrails or any other barrier between us and a steep 2000+ foot drop to the bottom of the canyon. The terrain has that American Southwest / desert feel as we scaled the side of the canyon to Waipo'o falls.
Once we got to Waipo'o Falls, we were somewhat disappointed that it wasn't more than a 20-foot waterfall -- given some of the waterfalls in Kauai, this one is more of a stream drop. The hike back was mostly uphill but the kids were tired enough to sleep all the way down the 15-mile drive to the town of Waimea.
Tired enough to nap but not too tired to skip Brennecke's Beach on the way back. Our fourth time boogie-boarding/body surfing in as many days was a 2-hr session. I, we, can get used to this life.