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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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  • We did this trail on our Road to Hana adventure. The scenery was beautiful. It poured on us on and off. The trail was very slick in places. It was quite a workout! Amazing waterfalls.  more »
  • We were hesitant to do this hike because it was getting to be late in the day and we had to drive back to the airport for a red eye. I'm so glad we took the time to do the hike! To me, this was the ch...  more »
  • The Pipiwai Trail was my favorite activity on our road to Hana day. The trail is found in the Kipahulu district of Haleakala National Park and admission to the park is $20. The park is about 10 miles ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is one of those places that you don't want the world to know about. Once in a lifetime views. Absolutely gorgeous.
  • The bamboo forest was surreal. It was Zen like in absolute beauty.
  • Beautiful hike. Not too strenuous, but be prepared for the weather, the water and mosquitoes.
  • 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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