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“Government shutdown- HIKE CLOSED???” 5 of 5 stars
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Pipiwai Trail
Mile Marker 41 Hana Hwy, Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI 96713
808 572 4400
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Owner description: A scenic hiking and horseback riding trail that features major waterfalls, beautiful pools and an eerie bamboo forest.
Phoenix, Arizona
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“Government shutdown- HIKE CLOSED???”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband and I will be coming for the first time to Maui on Oct. 16 for six days and we were wondering if this hike trail is closed due to government shutdown?

Visited October 2013
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“Perfect for Keens or Tevas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Make sure you wear durable, waterproof hiking gear as the trail is both wet and muddy, but it is a lot of fun and offers some great views. The waterfall is beautiful and the bridges over what eventually becomes the seven sacred pools are breathtaking. This is a great way to finish your Hana trip. The bamboo groves were also really cool as it seemed more like you were walking through a tunnel than a forest. Don't miss this easy to moderate hike, but don't forget the footwear!

Visited September 2013
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Norcal
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“In the Oheo Gulch area? Hike the Pipiwai!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The beginning of this trail is across the road from the Oheo Gulch parking lot and is about four miles long, round trip.... it is also called the Waimoku Falls Trail (listed as the #2 attraction for Haleakala National Park)
This is an easy to moderate hike along the Pipiwai Stream up to the falls and gains about 650 feet in elevation. The trail goes past the 200 foot Makahiku Falls, through a peaceful, cooling and impressive bamboo forest and finally crosses the stream just before the waterfall. The trail ends with a picture perfect scene: the waterfall drops about 400 feet straight down a sheer lava rock wall into the pool of water below.
Depending on how many times you decide to stop to enjoy the views and take photographs, you should allow about 2-3 hours (or more) for this hike.
The trail can be muddy and crossing the stream can be tricky and slippery. There are stairs, a gate and a couple of bridges along this trail. Parts of the trail have exposed tree roots which can catch your feet and cause you to stumble, so be careful.
A hiking stick can be useful to help balance yourself and minimize your chances of slipping on the wet rocks as you cross the stream near the end of the trail.
Start your hike early, bring your camera and some water.... and maybe even some insect repellent.

Visited July 2013
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Norcal
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“Want to see picture-perfect waterfall like on the postcards????”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This trail starts across from the Oheo Gulch parking lot and is about four miles, round trip.
This is an easy to moderate hike along the Pipiwai Stream up to Waimoku Falls. The trail goes past the 200 foot Makahiku Falls, through an impressive and peaceful bamboo forest and then crosses the stream just before the waterfall at the end of the trail.... it is a picture perfect scene with the waterfall dropping about 400 feet into the pool of water below at the base of the cliff.
Allow about 2-3 hours (or more) for this hike, depending on how many times you decide to stop to enjoy the views and take photographs... the trail can be muddy and crossing the stream can be tricky. There are stairs, a gate and bridges along this trail.... and parts of the trail have exposed tree roots which can catch your feet and cause you to stumble if you are not careful.
A hiking stick can be useful to help balance yourself and minimize your chances of slipping on the wet rocks as you cross the stream.
Start your hike early, bring your camera and some water.... enjoy the hike!!

Visited August 2013
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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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“Great hike at Pipiwai Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Great place to visit, we had a great time there. Stopped along the many pools and waterfalls. There are actually coffee trees along the trail along with other local fruits that we did not recognize. There's an amazing large tree half way on the trail, just beautiful, it must be hundreds of years old.
Take your time, a camera, drinking water and a towel if you want to jump in to any of the pools.

Visited September 2013
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