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Pipiwai Trail, Haleakala National Park
(4.9/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • All the "cool kids" go past the closed sign: reviews here encourage it, at the Closed sign itself people were streaming back out, and my Urgent-Care doc was not surprised that I'd done it. However, it...  more »
  • This trail is close to the end of Road to Hana so you have to plan your time to have daylight since the road takes around 5/6 hours and then the trail takes 2 hours. The trail was moderate, the only p...  more »
  • My family did this hike and really enjoyed it. Kids are 11 and 14 and had no problem. We are not super athletic people and still enjoyed the hike. The waterfall is beautiful, and the bamboo forrest wa...  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.