Pipiwai Trail

MODERATE 234 reviews
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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.

7 days 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.

8 days 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.

10 days 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
12 days 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.

hiking
26 days 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.

2 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
2 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!

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 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!

hiking
3 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!

hiking
3 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!

hiking
3 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

4 months ago

Nice, well maintained trail within Haleakala Natl Park. Seems to be a popular hike among those going to Hana. I would rate it moderate as there are a lot of rocks and tree roots, trail can get slick in some areas and there is some elevation. Our family of 6 did this hike in December (kids 18, 16, 13, 9). My usually whiny 9 year old did great on this one. Trail is shaded and there are a lot of distractions. If you're not going to do the whole thing, at least get to the bamboo forest, it's spectacular. Waterfall is beautiful and we might have seen it up close. Chose to do this hike after 2 dry days so trail was dried out & so we could cross the creek at the end and get close.

hiking
4 months ago

I want to give it 5 stars because it’s a great hike but it’s too crowded. Beautiful water falls and awesome bamboo forest.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail that takes the traveler through Maui's beautiful jungle. The bamboo forest is SUPER cool. The bridges provide opportunities for excellent photographs. The waterfalls along the way and at the end are beautiful as well. As with life, this trail is all about the journey, so take your time and soak it in.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike with amazing views! Very muddy but worth it.

4 months ago

Amazing Trail. Water at the end is amazing. Don't give up and go all the way. A little difficult for children when wet. When dry weather not a problem. If wet wear proper shoes because it gets very slippery on rocks, tree roots, and muddy areas. Have Fun and hope you take camera for amazing pictures.

5 months ago

Even in the rain it was spectacular

5 months ago

Best trail we have done on so far on two different islands.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail even in the mud. Be warned it is a busy trail. The views were great, the forest unique and something I will never forget!

hiking
5 months ago

We loved this hike. It isn’t too hard. It does start out hot but soon you are in shade. The bamboo forest is so beautiful! The first falls are ok, but you are quite a distance from it. The second fall is bigger and you see it a little closer, but it’s too dangerous to get very close.

5 months ago

Pretty neat, but muddy and packed full of tourists

6 months 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.

6 months 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!

hiking
6 months 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..

6 months 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).

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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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