Pipiwai Trail

MODERATE 167 reviews
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Pipiwai Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hana, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1617 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

no dogs

A unique and very special waterfall hike where your adventures begin even before you reach the trailhead. A favorite Maui hike, yet for some people the drive to the trailhead alone is excitement enough. The Hana Highway is sixty miles of scenic but curvy coastal road, reportedly featuring 620 curves and 59 bridges, most of which are single-lane bridges. If you relish your driving experiences then the Hana Highway alone is a "must-do". The round trip to the falls and back takes in several great waterfalls before reaching the spectacular Waimoku Falls, and a boardwalk journey through dense, dark bamboo forest that you're unlikely to forget.

3 days ago

Did this hike the other day and loved it! The Bamboo forest was so pretty and unique. I found this hike to be easy but keep in mind it is muddy and can be slippery. The second waterfall was so beautiful. The stream was flooded so we couldn't cross but your still close enough to get a good view. We had to make it a quick hike cause the sun was going down and the forest can get dark quickly. Great way to end the road to Hanna.

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6 days ago

A great way to cap off a drive down the Hana Highway. Good mix of easy flat trails, some rock/boulder climbing and water crossings. It's a shame they prohibit swimming in the falls pool though--it is so gorgeous!

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21 days ago

Beautiful, not to difficult - the bamboo forest is pretty beautiful but a little messy because of the construction. The waterfall is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. There is a trespassing sign that won't allow you to go closer to the waterfall. If you want to risk it, (Not saying that you should) - you might see one of the coolest sights on the island :). Despite the park closing late, don't underestimate the length of the trail. My girlfriend and I saw people stepping off around 6:30 PM local time, not advised..

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25 days ago

Possibly the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. Waterfall is great but my favorite part was the bamboo forest. All in all clocked it closer to 4.5-5 miles and just over two hours (if you don't count the time we stopped at the top).

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This hike was amazing and well worth the drive in from the west side. The first part of the hike is pretty standard and the first waterfall you come to wasn't all that impressive in my opinion. It was a trickle and the view point wasn't close. You must keep going to the end of the hike to see the second waterfall. But before you get there, you'll hike through a beautiful bamboo forest. It was so tall, the trail became dark. It felt like evening. As the wind blew the bamboo knocked together creating the most unique sound. At the end of the trail is a gorgeous 400 foot tall crashing waterfall. I was only sad that we had to hurry through this hike a bit as we went in late in the afternoon and wanted to be off the Hana Highway before dark. We saw lots of families with kids on this trail. It was an easy hike although there is a decent ascent. Highly recommend. I would definitely do it again.

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