Pipiwai Trail

Pipiwai Trail, Haleakala National Park: Address, Phone Number, Pipiwai Trail Reviews: 5/5

Pipiwai Trail
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A scenic hiking and horseback riding trail that features major waterfalls, beautiful pools and an eerie bamboo forest.
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ERL
4 contributions
Please don't wear open-toe shoes
Jul 2021 • Family
Please DO NOT drive to Pipiwai Trail on the backside of Haleakala National Park! I accidentally drove on this road in light rain because I was following google map's direction. It's extremely dangerous and there are a few segments of dirt road. The roads on the back side are narrow
with many blind curves (WITHOUT mirrors!!!) and falling rock areas. There are a few narrow one way roads along the cliffs without rails, which are extremely dangerous. I would recommend joining guided tours so you can take pictures along the way.

We arrived Pipiwai Trail a bit after 9 AM. I would recommend wearing proper footwear—definitely NO open toe shoes/sandals. The trail is pretty muddy and slippery with lots of insects on the ground so not the best place to wear open-toe shoes. There are some mosquitoes so please spray some bug repellant before you start the trail. Also bring lots of water in summer. The waterfall at the end of trail and the bamboo forest are definitly worth the $30 that i paid at the national park entrance. We left the trail around 12:30PM(Tuesday) . According to the Haleakala National Park service people, it's better to leave around or before 12PM to avoid the traffic. We did not encounter any traffic on the road going back to Kapalua.
Written 5 August 2021
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Greg F
Riverview, FL41 contributions
Great Trail, Great Waterfalls, Great Bamboo Forest
Jul 2021
If you can bare the drive to get here, it was worth it. All the falls, scenic views, Bamboo Forest and tropical trees make it a paradise.
Written 28 July 2021
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LifeTraveler
4 contributions
Great and must do
Jul 2021 • Family
It was an awesome experience. Because we had a 7 year old in our group we started early from lahaina at around 7AM and drove straight to the trailhead. It was not strenuous but not easy stroll either.
Written 25 July 2021
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Philip M
New York City, NY682 contributions
Beautiful and easy hike
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very beautiful waterfall at the end.
The bamboo forest is the last ~1/3 of the hike and it’s certainly a highlight of the hike.
Written 19 July 2021
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CSyn107
14 contributions
Steep but worth it!
Jul 2021 • Couples
We loved this hike - took us a very long time but we enjoyed every moment of it. Bring plenty of water and good shoes, it is very steep and strenuous, a little muddy. So many different ecosystems in one hike….woody forest, bamboo forest, waterfalls with freshwater fish, tropical flowers and fruits- really special!
Written 18 July 2021
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rickh57
Portland, OR355 contributions
The hike was fine, but the Falls of Makahiku weren't very impressive
Jul 2021
I visited in July and there was only a small trickle of water flowing over Makahiku Falls, so somewhat disappointing.
Written 17 July 2021
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RKSS
Holland, MI6 contributions
Bamboo Forest
Jul 2021
Listening to the Bamboo clink above you on the trail makes for a very interesting hike! Bring bug spray and plan for muddy shoes. It is a 2 hour hike.
Written 11 July 2021
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S D B
Brooklyn, NY134 contributions
A must do
Jun 2021
A must do when doing road to hana trip. the first part of the trail is a little boring but after that there are waterfalls and bamboo forest which are very nice to see. probobly less crowded in morning based on our experience.. we also arrived driving from the backroad to hana and arrived there first thing in morning.
Written 6 July 2021
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Bailey G
Orlando, FL104 contributions
One of the Best Stops on the Road to Hana!
Jun 2021
The Pipiwai Trail is a must do if you're taking the Road to Hana trip!

It is an additional trek beyond the "end of the road to Hana", however this hike packs a punch in terms of scenery,

It's about a 2 mile hike. I am 27, over 6 ft and over 250 lbs. I am not built for hiking. However, while there were certainly some challenging parts in the hike, overall the hike is very doable by even those who aren't necessarily in shape.

Highlights are definitely the bamboo forest and waterfall. That bamboo forest is beautiful. Great lighting for photos. Also had some friends with us who said they liked this better than the one they visited in Japan.

You can also see the waterfall at the end, however you may or may not choose to go past the sign at the end to see the full view of the waterfall...
Written 21 June 2021
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corinneloveland
Asbury Park, NJ40 contributions
Worth every step
Jun 2021 • Couples
We hiked this quickly because we wanted to make sure we could make it to the falls at the end and back before the park closed. So glad we did, as it’s a trip highlight. This is a gorgeous hike. Two waterfalls, a bamboo forest, and a gorgeous banyan tree, all in less than 4 miles of not too strenuous hiking. Enjoy!
Written 6 June 2021
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