Pipiwai Trail
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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DEC808
4 contributions
Jan 2023
Grab your water and some good walking shoes, this hike is definitely worth it! This trail is so much fun with amazing sights and views. The bamboo forest is great for pictures and something unique to see. I've hiked this about 8 times and it is so much fun! Water is a must!
Written 23 January 2023
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Steve9172
Suwanee, GA20 contributions
Jan 2023
We were "blessed" with no rain during our whole trip. The drawback is that meant that several waterfalls were "lacking" and this was one of them. Trail is cool in general, but if you are a lover of waterfalls; check before you go. The Sacred Pools were also barely flowing, which made them not even worth the half mile walk.
Written 22 January 2023
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Marion G
Cincinnati, OH393 contributions
Jan 2023
This Trail was fun about 4 miles out and back, couldn't really see the first Waterfall from above,cause it was a little overgrown,the Banyan Tree was just awesome to see,so ancient looking, the Bamboo Forest was so fun to walk through its like you are in a different world and to top it all of,Waimoku Falls at the End, the flow was on the light side,but still amazing to see.
Written 18 January 2023
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Exploration288337
2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Nice short hike but very busy…. Is a very long day out just to travel to this walk , probably better to spend more time in the area

The lead to Hana is very long and slow going
Written 14 January 2023
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ChinS988
Vancouver, Canada43 contributions
Dec 2022
We, a family of 3 with a 9 year old boy, hiked this trail in December 2022 during a supposedly rainy day. It was cloudy and did not rain and the temperature was just right for the hike. It was definitely a worthwhile hike, especially after you have reached the bamboo forest. Prior to that, we were walking in a tropical forest with strangler figs, epiphytic plants and various kinds of fruit. It was great. Make sure to have mosquito repellent with you as otherwise you will be assaulted by mosquitoes. We eventually reached the towering fall; however, the fun thing was in the process of hiking and not merely reaching the final destination. A worthwhile hike and if you do this, you can skip the Twin Falls one for sure. This one definitely worth the money we spent ($30) but not the Twin Falls one ($10-13).
Written 23 December 2022
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Ken D
Charlottesville, VA41 contributions
Oct 2022
Don't stop in Hana...keep going to the Kipahulu Visitor Center to walk this trail. You get bamboo forests, a mostly hidden 200ft waterfall, and then the payoff of Waimoku falls...400ft straight down. We recommend wearing decent walking shoes. There are ample rocks on the trail and in some places they can be slippery. Also try and get there early. The parking lot was pretty crowded when we got there around 10 and parking was in the overflow lot when we left a couple of hours later.
Written 6 November 2022
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irawine
Benicia, CA567 contributions
Oct 2022
My wife and I recently hiked the Pipiwai Trail on Maui and really enjoyed the experience. It is about 2 miles in each direction with a fair amount of up and down sections. We used trekking poles, which we found to be very helpful. It took several hours to go back and forth, but, it was well worth it. It is also a very popular trail so be prepared to meet a lot of people along the way.
Written 1 November 2022
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Rookie Wine Maker
Rosemount, MN286 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Great views. The bamboo forest was interesting to walk thru leading up to the main waterfall. The first waterfall was dry.
Moderate hike with some easy parts if the hike mixed in. The waterfall at the end of the trail was amazing (thankfully it had water coming over it). Recommended.

We drove in and out from the south. The road was poor at best in several spots. Watch the weather if you plan to go this way.
Written 21 October 2022
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Belinda E
Brisbane, Australia421 contributions
Oct 2022
We are keen hikers and have probably been spoiled on some amazing paths around the world. This one is a nice walk but we found it underwhelming and I don't see the 5 star ratings (especially with the waterfall essentially closed to most travellers).

It was a little more difficult than expected mainly as parts of it are quite slippery after rain and it was definitely more time consuming than expected as you had to take it slow in places. Take water if you go as it gets fairly hot. The pass that you need to park here is the same as for Haleakala (in our case we'd purchased a Tri Park pass from Volcano National Park on the Big Island). If you haven't already purchased one it will be $30.

The walk as a whole is quite pretty with a lovely bamboo forest part. It's a popular walk to a waterfall however they are now actively discouraging people from actually continuing on to the waterfall at the end. They have removed signage and the official word on it at the moment is "well we can't stop you but we don't encourage people to do it".

So while I understand what they are doing with visitor numbers it does bring up a question as to how to rate this hike. The hike WITHOUT the waterfall is probably only 3 stars. It's pretty and the bamboo part is really lovely. Some nice scenery but ultimately a hike that is hot and sweaty without really any "high point". WITH the waterfall it's probably a 4 star.

If you want to get to the waterfall at this point, you can still do it BUT you have to take your shoes off and make your way over the rocks upstream to the left. Quite a few people had trudged through the water so that they could get photos under the waterfall but, due to the lack of signage, many others just headed back once they got to the rocks.
Written 19 October 2022
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SmitcheQ
Waikoloa, Hawaii36 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This was a harder hike than I expected, but it was worth it. 4 miles round trip with a lot if uphill, narrow, twisty terrain that was often slippery. I was glad we took snacks & plenty of water. The scenery is jaw-dropping! Beautiful rainforest outlooks, incredible waterfalls, and a magical bamboo forest. Go early to beat the crowds!
Written 9 October 2022
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