Pipiwai Trail

MODERATE 157 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.

1 day 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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2 months ago

did this back in may 2015-- can get muddy but so worth the effort!

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2 months ago

The bamboo forest makes this hike amazing. And the waterfall at the end is so tall and beautiful! Best hike I did in all of Maui and Oahu

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