Pipiwai Trail, Haleakala National Park

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One of Haleakala National Park’s most scenic hiking routes, Pipiwai Trail guides you past the thundering Makahiku waterfalls, and all the way up to the 122 m (400 ft) Waimoku Falls. The moderately strenuous hike is 6.4 km (4 mi) roundtrip and has a 244 m (800 ft) elevation change. Surrounded with lush greenery, the trail is well marked and covered with boardwalk in some sections. You will have to cross streams in a couple spots, so take care, especially if the water is moving fast. Remember to bring closed-toe shoes, food, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Plan to see Pipiwai Trail and other attractions that appeal to you using our Haleakala National Park travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful trail and so glad I went. I would have enjoyed camping out here. The waterfalls, the bamboo and the ocean are such spectacular sites. Worth driving Hana.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We spent the night in Hana so that we could get to the Pipiwai Trail early when the park opened and have a quiet hike to beautiful falls at the end of the trail. It was a great hike and one of our fav...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Be prepared with good bug spray and lots of water. It can be very humid in the forest. Loved the transition from large fruit trees to the bamboo forest.  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    A very simple hike that offers spectacular views of waterfalls, lush vegetation and expansive banyon trees. It's not to be missed as the hike gives you, stairs, stream crossings, rocky hills and scenic views for photos. The bamboo forest is everything everyone says and the photos don't do it justice. Highly recommend coming after the road to Hana.
  • January 8, 2017
    This is one of those places that you don't want the world to know about. Once in a lifetime views. Absolutely gorgeous.
  • April 10, 2017
    The bamboo forest was surreal. It was Zen like in absolute beauty.
  • March 24, 2017
    Beautiful hike. Not too strenuous, but be prepared for the weather, the water and mosquitoes.
  • December 20, 2016
    This is a unique hike because of the bamboo gloves you get to hike through. I'll warn that it is very heavily trafficked and is therefore a bit muddy. Park rangers will report that it is currently closed at a certain point.

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Where to stay in Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park offers most of its accommodations in the form of wilderness cabins. Three are scattered throughout the park, and these require at least a couple hours of hiking to reach. Each cabin provides a wood-burning stove and pit toilet, but you'll have to boil water from nearby water sources before drinking it. The park also provides a couple of campgrounds. Most visitors to the park arrive from wherever they've chosen to stay on Maui. If you plan to spend more than a day exploring the park but prefer comfortable digs, check out the rustic inns and bed and breakfasts in upcountry Kula. Similar types of accommodation in coastal Hana will put you near the park's Kipahulu section.
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