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Take the steep and winding Hwy-550 north up to Waimea Canyon. Carved by the Waimea River, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, is 10-miles long, 1-mile wide, and about 3,600-feet deep. Though smaller than its Southwest cousin, the rugged, multi-hued rock formations are visually similar. The first stop is the Waimea Canyon Lookout, or consider going all the way to Kokee State Park and make your stops on the way back. After the lookout, continue to Puu Hinahina Viewpoint. Here you’ll find the Waimea Canyon Trailhead and Spur Trail which leads to the Cliff Trail Lookout and Waipoo Falls Trail. Wear proper shoes for hiking, bring water, sunscreen and sunhat. Note, be sure to have a full tank of gas before heading up, and pick up some snacks at roadside stands as there are resplendent views that invite a picnic.
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