Pipiwai Trail

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Pipiwai Trail is a 3.4 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
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 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

loved. amazing finish

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4 days ago

This was one of the coolest hikes I've ever done. Every waterfall is amazing and the second half through the bamboo forest was surreal! 100% would recommend for anyone in Maui

10 days ago

great hike to the falls ! highly recommend!

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13 days ago

Loved every moment of it. From the bamboo forest to the crossing of the raging stream. If you don’t mind getting a little wet, go all the way!!

14 days ago

Loved it!! Rather muddy so go prepared. Early if you want to avoid crowds.

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23 days ago

What a treat! The falls at the end of the trail was spectacular. Walking through the bamboo forest was pretty cool also.
It had rained most of the morning, so the trail was very muddy in the afternoon. It got a little slick going down hill. Wear good traction shoes. It helped a lot. I could hike this trail every day for a year and love it every time. A must hike on Maui.

29 days ago

One of my favorite trails so far. Easy to enjoy the scenery throughout the entirety of this trail but the ending view is the biggest reward!

1 month ago

Hiked early, raining so much that trail was a stream. Gushing water all down the gorge so "pools" were non-existent below. Falls along the way and at the top were thundering. Banyan tree and Bamboo Forest added to the spectacular beauty. Waimoku was worth every bit of the hike, tho couldn't get to the base of it, due to the "stream" to cross was currently a raging river.
Soaked clear through but only saw 4 other folks on hike while i was coming down, so very peaceful.

1 month ago

Great hike with a spectacular 400 foot waterfall at the turnaround. The bamboo forest midway was amazing

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This hike was our last of the day after a long day on the Road to Hana and all the small hikes it had to offer, so take this review with a grain of salt.

The hike up until the banyan tree was great. Past this the mud was plentiful and SLICK (my camera and I ate it pretty hard) with little to no options to bypass using drier foot paths. We hiked to the bamboo forest and called it a day. I'd do this again on a drier, sunnier day.

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1 month ago

Absolutely incredible hike. There are not words to describe the Waimoku waterfall at the end. The bamboo forest just before the falls is stunning.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail that pretty much any level hiker can do. It was a little rainy when we went, so we just had to be careful as you are stepping on a lot of rocks and tree roots that can be slippery.

The 400 ft waterfall at the end is breathtaking and worth the hike!

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2 months ago

I cannot even begin to explain how breathtaking this trail is. We went up in the pouring rain and it was still incredible.

2 months ago

A hiker was struck by a falling rock earlier today.

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2 months ago

Really liked the rainforest views and waterfalls along this hike. However the trail was temporarily closed at the entrance to the bamboo forest for maintenance so had to turn around early. I think this hike is a must-do if you are staying in the area

2 months ago

My boyfriend and I loved this trail. The waterfall at the end was out of this world.
The pools were closed when we went but the view was still beautiful. I would recommend it. Wear bug spray if you have it.

3 months ago

Great hike! My wife and I were not all that impressed with the road to Hana: to touristy and way too much driving. We completed the loop by driving down the east side and holy shit it was not fun. However? This hike was fun. Lots of incline and very muddy. Bamboo forest was so cool and the falls at the end of the hike were amazing. Lots of deck style trails. Very important:: no swimming has been allowed for a long time. That part was disappointing.

3 months ago

beautiful hike! great views. Very slippery and muddy after the rains. wear sturdy shoes, walking stick very helpful. lots of elevation change. worth the effort...the falls were really running.

3 months ago

Amazing hike with beautiful sights all along the way. It can be muddy so wear good shoes and bring water. A must do if you are here!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with plenty of things to see along the way. Certain areas are exposed to sun in the beginning and end of the trail but through the bamboo forest you’ll have plenty of shade.

Note: $20 entrance fee and prefer credit card.

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3 months ago

Awesome hike, a must do after the drive to Hana. Very muddy near the base,so bring hiking shoes. Amazing bamboo forest and the view at the falls is spectacular.

5 months ago

A must do hike if you are in the area
Moderately difficult but not very lengthy or too steep
Beautiful bamboo forests and one lovely banyan tree

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail diversity. Nice early climb through thick vegetation. Early sneak peak at the waterfall that is 1.8miles to go. Very interesting tree with many exposed roots. Then walk across a few bridges. Next is an amazing stroll through a bamboo forest. Be sure to stop and listen to the bamboo sway in the breeze! Once your out of the bamboo, just a little further and you reach the breathtaking waterfall! Go early, we started around 9:45 and had the trail practically to ourselves. We finished in about 2hrs (with stopping at the falls for about 10min) but my husband walks a fast pace. By 11:30 there were a lot of hikers getting started on the trail. This is one you can't miss! Enjoy!

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5 months ago

If you're on this side of the park - this is a must. It's a nice hike through the bamboo, with a great waterfall at the end. We stayed in Hana the night prior and started this hike pre-sunrise. 1:45 for the hike, forgot my phone and couldn't record it.

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6 months ago

Gorgeous hike with moderate incline mixed with flat areas through bamboo forests. Multiple waterfalls, all running pretty low from lack of water. The waterfall at the top though not overwhelming in its size is beautiful. Muddy/wet in only a couple areas. The raised walkways through the bamboo get a little slick even when not wet so be mindful of that. Overall a beautiful hike, nice shade coverage with the foliage.

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6 months ago

Breathtaking view of the waterfall once you finish the 2 mile trail. Bamboo forest over you most of the way up provide great shade. Humidity is your enemy and make sure you bring enough bug spray!

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6 months ago

This trail is an easy-moderate hike along a mostly-shades, well-maintained path. The forest is beautiful! We crossed two bridges and passed thru a bamboo forest as well that had planks you can walk along. This short hike is worth every step because once you get to Waimoku Falls, it’s standing 400 ft height is so glorious! Have fun!

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6 months ago

Nice, easy and varied trail which doesn’t take up too much time. An array of environments are on offer from rocky stairs with slight elevation to giant bamboo and the most ancient Banyan Tree I’ve ever seen! Many photo opportunities on this trail with 2 major waterfalls, the first of which you’ll see only 10 minutes in. Keep going and you’ll get to the second and last waterfall which is accessible across a small stream. A most enjoyable hike which i’d rate as easy rather than moderate. Have fun!

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6 months ago

Incredible way to end our journey at toad to Hana. Hike goes through muddy trails, bamboo forest and is well maintained, about 4 total miles out and back

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