Pipiwai Trail
Pipiwai Trail
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A scenic hiking and horseback riding trail that features major waterfalls, beautiful pools and an eerie bamboo forest.
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  • John B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    The hike is elevated with lots of rocks and tree roots. Make sure you wear good shoes that will get wet and muddy. The 400 ft waterfall at the end makes it worth the effort.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Journey811826
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see the diversity of the island
    We drove straight through to the trail without stopping so we arrived around 9 a.m. It was a perfect start time. The trail wasn't too hard but does have a lot of roots, rocks and steps. Going through the bamboo forest was my kids' favorite part of this experience and we loved listening to the sounds of the bamboo in the wind. The waterfall at the end was pretty, but far away. We love hiking, so anything with new things to see excites us! We did this with 2 ten-year-olds. Wear sturdy shoes!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • mnnofziger
    Nashville, Tennessee511 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular!
    So glad I did this hike! There were times I wondered if it was worth it. Come to find out, it absolutely was! The trail takes you through rocky climbs and a cool bamboo forest, what’s not to love! You finally rive at a nice waterfall view. Take time to look around, cool down, and then head all the way back down to where you began. A real journey!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Rajesh P
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pipiwai trail is a must for anyone doing road to Hana trip
    Bamboo forest was the highlight of our trip. Truly mesmerizing. Pay attention to the clattering sound of bamboo. So soothing and meditative. The falls and excellent weather with brilliant blue skies were a bonus
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 January 2024
  • 2TropicsTravelers
    Orlando, Florida62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must-do on a visit to the Hana area
    This is a beautiful trail, and a must-do on any visit to the Hana area. The trail is well maintained, but with many trails, wear good shoes and be mindful where you step. It has an incline but I would say it is moderate difficulty at best. Much of the trail was quite damp when we were there, but the payoff was the waterfalls were cascading and full. The banyan tree is impressive and the bamboo is tranquil and serene. It is a popular trail so I would definitely get there early in the morning to enjoy it to its fullest.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2024
  • IAfarmgirl
    76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pipiwai Trail and Bamboo Forest is worth the hike!
    We arrived here around 9:30 am and there was still plenty of parking. More enjoyable hike if can take advantage of less people and cooler morning temps. Trail is more elevated than expected with rocks, roots, steps and some muddy spots, but also has some level boardwalk areas thru bamboo forest. Three out of eight of us didn't make it to the end but still made it to a spot that the waterfall could be seen. Be sure to at least make it thru the bamboo forest. Worth it! Bring plenty of water and bug spray.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2024
  • Aj J
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy trail for beginners who wanna get high
    Nice easy 2 hour hike. My first time hiking a mountain this high was a pretty cool because the whole trail was paved. People went into the rocks to way too but I was tight on time so plan for 3 hours for a even better experience.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2024
  • Annabell O
    California434 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Hike
    What an amazing experience! When I first started out on the Pipiwai Trail (after a night in Hana), there were hardly any people on the trail. After a steady climb over many roots and rocks and past a big Banyan tree, it started to rain - tropical, warm, refreshing. The hike through the bamboo forest is beautiful in sights and sounds, and after a final push, Waimoku Falls comes into view. 400 ft. of beauty! Words or even pictures don't do it justice. On the way back, the sun came out, and I started steaming. 😊 Loved this unique hike!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 June 2024
  • Viajera172705
    296 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful trail in Haleakala National Park
    If you plan to go to Haleakala National Park, then Pīpīwai Trail is definitely a trail that you don’t want to miss. It is toward the end on the Road to Hana. The trail begins with a steady incline, but levels out right about the time that you are getting winded. You walk through a beautiful bamboo area. Some of the trail is dirt, which can be pretty muddy, and other parts of the trail are on wooden planks. You will walk past a massive banyan tree. At the end of the trail, you will reach Waimoku Falls. If you cross the stream to get a better look at the waterfall, just be careful because the rocks are slippery. In total, the hike is almost 4 miles and I would rate it as moderate.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2024
  • Chad and Susan D
    Weldon Spring, Missouri148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hike and pools are Must Do
    We stayed the night at Hana Kai. After a peaceful night of ocean breeze, we hit the trail early and it didn’t disappoint. With a national park pass, entry was free. The parking lot for the trail and seven sacred pools is shared. Amazing waterfalls, bamboo forest and bridges. Lots of steps. Not easy as it gets hot. Hiking shoes required although we saw some in flip flops. Trail was mostly dry today. With rain this would be slick on rocks and slats. So happy we stayed in Hana and enjoyed the National park. We went to Huli Huli Chicken after. It was featured on Gordon Ramsey. Cash only $20-25 per person. Delicious, huge portions!
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2024
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Chad and Susan D
Weldon Spring, MO148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We stayed the night at Hana Kai. After a peaceful night of ocean breeze, we hit the trail early and it didn’t disappoint. With a national park pass, entry was free. The parking lot for the trail and seven sacred pools is shared.

Amazing waterfalls, bamboo forest and bridges. Lots of steps. Not easy as it gets hot. Hiking shoes required although we saw some in flip flops. Trail was mostly dry today. With rain this would be slick on rocks and slats. So happy we stayed in Hana and enjoyed the National park.

We went to Huli Huli Chicken after. It was featured on Gordon Ramsey. Cash only $20-25 per person. Delicious, huge portions!
Written 14 July 2024
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dyaneg336
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
The bamboo forest is a must see. The waterfall was not as strong as in past years. I think the island has been experiencing less than usual rainfall recently. Still a hike worth taking.
Written 10 July 2024
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Viajera172705
Midwest296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
If you plan to go to Haleakala National Park, then Pīpīwai Trail is definitely a trail that you don’t want to miss. It is toward the end on the Road to Hana. The trail begins with a steady incline, but levels out right about the time that you are getting winded. You walk through a beautiful bamboo area. Some of the trail is dirt, which can be pretty muddy, and other parts of the trail are on wooden planks. You will walk past a massive banyan tree. At the end of the trail, you will reach Waimoku Falls. If you cross the stream to get a better look at the waterfall, just be careful because the rocks are slippery. In total, the hike is almost 4 miles and I would rate it as moderate.
Written 7 July 2024
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Annabell O
California434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
What an amazing experience! When I first started out on the Pipiwai Trail (after a night in Hana), there were hardly any people on the trail. After a steady climb over many roots and rocks and past a big Banyan tree, it started to rain - tropical, warm, refreshing. The hike through the bamboo forest is beautiful in sights and sounds, and after a final push, Waimoku Falls comes into view. 400 ft. of beauty! Words or even pictures don't do it justice. On the way back, the sun came out, and I started steaming. 😊 Loved this unique hike!
Written 16 June 2024
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Aj J
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Nice easy 2 hour hike. My first time hiking a mountain this high was a pretty cool because the whole trail was paved. People went into the rocks to way too but I was tight on time so plan for 3 hours for a even better experience.
Written 10 June 2024
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IAfarmgirl
Iowa76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We arrived here around 9:30 am and there was still plenty of parking. More enjoyable hike if can take advantage of less people and cooler morning temps. Trail is more elevated than expected with rocks, roots, steps and some muddy spots, but also has some level boardwalk areas thru bamboo forest. Three out of eight of us didn't make it to the end but still made it to a spot that the waterfall could be seen. Be sure to at least make it thru the bamboo forest. Worth it! Bring plenty of water and bug spray.
Written 2 June 2024
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Whatremains
Ontario, Canada114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Pipiwai Trail is a beautiful trail located on the backside (South-East Side) of Haleakalā National Park. 
The 4-mile round trip trail is a steep hike that leads through lush bamboo forests where you hear the hallow bamboo knocking against eachother, the 7 sacred pools to the breathtaking towering sheer-cliff Makahiku Falls (almost 200’ cliffs) and Waimoku Falls (sheer 400′ cliffs). Plunging over a verdant cliff covered with bamboo, lush ferns and vines melting into the postcard-perfect Hawaiian rainforest valley below.
Along the trail you will also find a gigantic banyan tree the size of a decent-sized house.
This trail is considered the best hike on the island. The trail winds around the freshwater stream Ohe’o Gulch with very beautiful and diverse scenery throughout.
And in true rain forest fashion it began raining 1/2 way through the hike but we continued on to make it a memorable experience. The pictures don’t do justice to the experience of this hike.

We’ve done this hike many times with other individuals of various hiking and physical fitness levels. Plan accordingly to allow sufficient time based on the steep trials and sometimes wet and slippery conditions. There aren’t any facilities along the trail either so make sure to stop at the restrooms in the parking lot entrance.
Written 10 May 2024
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Ghi z
Troy, MI13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The bamboo forest is great for Instagram photo but it takes 3.5 hours drive from west coast hotel. Half of the road is winding and narrow so drive with caution.
Written 26 April 2024
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2TropicsTravelers
Orlando, FL62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful trail, and a must-do on any visit to the Hana area. The trail is well maintained, but with many trails, wear good shoes and be mindful where you step. It has an incline but I would say it is moderate difficulty at best. Much of the trail was quite damp when we were there, but the payoff was the waterfalls were cascading and full. The banyan tree is impressive and the bamboo is tranquil and serene. It is a popular trail so I would definitely get there early in the morning to enjoy it to its fullest.
Written 20 April 2024
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Rajesh P
Wash D.C.31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Bamboo forest was the highlight of our trip. Truly mesmerizing. Pay attention to the clattering sound of bamboo. So soothing and meditative. The falls and excellent weather with brilliant blue skies were a bonus
Written 22 January 2024
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