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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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  • This is a great moderate hike. You don't really get to look around and see a lot because you have to watch your foot placement but it's still a worthwhile venture.  more »
  • The trail takes several hours but well worth it. It is four miles round trip. And seeing the bamboo forest, and the waterfalls is awesome, breathtaking. Most people did not take water, which is incomp...  more »
  • This is a must see in Maui! My wife and I visited on our honeymoon and this was one of the highlights of the trip. The hike through a bamboo forest to a massive and gorgeous waterfall is a once in a l...  more »
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  • Amazing hike. Only takes 3-4 hours (2 miles each way), but has a huge amount of diversity. If you come up from the pools (very short walk down to the coast) it has lava coast, ocean, pools, a massive banyan tree, beautiful and large bamboo forest, 4 huge waterfalls at the end, beautiful plants all the way up.
  • MUST START EARLY.......if your in town (ie: Lihana, Kihei) I suggest you start early....only reason is it's a long drive...the hike is amazing! The hike is not bad at all, if your fit.....very essy. So much to see soooooo beautiful!!!
  • Phenomenal hike with beautiful waterfalls and a bamboo forest. Be sure to stop for pics at the huge banyan tree on your way up to Waimoku falls, then have a swim at the bottom of the seven pools when you come back down. Be alert for rising water, and don't cross to Waimoku or swim if it's up too high.
  • The view of Waimoku falls at the end of this trail is definitely worth the hike. If heavy rains come during your hike though, keep in mind there won't be many places to hide. Make sure you bring mosquito repellent!
  • Beautiful, surreal experience hiking this trail. We had a relatively dry hike for my wife and three kids (7, 5, and 4 years old). We didn't make it all the way to the Waimoku Falls because we were getting too close to sunset and didn't want to do the drive back in the dark. The hike is manageable for kids, but it probably would have take 3.5 hours round trip if we went all the way. The bamboo forest was an incredible sight to see and there are quite a few smaller waterfalls along the way.