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Owner description: A scenic hiking and horseback riding trail that features major waterfalls, beautiful pools and an eerie bamboo forest.
Reviewed November 15, 2011

Though my girlfriend isn't much of a hiker, she really had no difficulties on this 1.8 mile hike to the 400' Waimoku Falls. The trail is well maintained and passes through an awesome bamboo forest. There are a few bridges that pass over the flowing water which is very cool. At the end however, you have to hop across rocks in a stream to get to the foot of the falls. Well worth it even if you get the feet wet. The stream isn't very deep, so no huge concerns there.

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Reviewed November 14, 2011

We just returned from our trip to Maui and completed the Pipiwai Trail/Waimoku Falls hike for the second time. This hike is well worth the drive with an absolutely stunning bamboo forest and spectacular Waimoku Falls at the finish. The hike is of moderate difficulty (it was more difficult this year than last due to the ground being wet and slippery). We are a fairly fit group of 30 year olds and completed the hike in less than two hours round trip (including many photo breaks along the way), but inexperienced hikers may take longer. In order to get an up close and full view of the falls you have to cross a rocky river so be prepared to remove your shoes for this final portion. Don't forget your camera for this hike!

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

DH and I did the Pipiwai trail on our Road to Hana Excursion. For those of you wondering yes, it can all be done it a day, however only if you leave early. We left Honokowai in West Maui about 6am in order to fit this hike in. We were just passing Hana on our way home by 3:15pm. We wanted to avoid driving the Hana Highway in the dark coming back.

The highlight of the Pipiwai trail is the banyan tree, which is nice for a quick rest, the bamboo forest of course which was our favorite section and being rewarded with Waimoku Falls at the end of the trail.

DH and I are inexperienced and slow hikers and it took us about 3.5 hours to complete the round trip hike. When we got to the park we ate some sandwiches we brought in a cooler before starting the hike. We saw a lot of people doing this. We also applied sunscreen and doused ourselves in bug spray (I am a mosquito magnet). They have bathroom facilities near the trail so make sure you use them before starting on the hike. We brought a small day pack with us with about 7-8 12 oz water bottles, bug spray, two emergency ponchos and a first aid kit (I went overkill and also brought water purifying tablets). We drank about 5-6 bottles of water. We did not need bug spray but DH did get a small blister so moleskin came handy.

The hike was great especially the bamboo forest. Looks like something out of the the TV series Lost. The bamboo forest gets denser and darker and when the wind blew the bamboo made this cool clanking noise. Very errie! I would definitely recommend this hike.

Tip: Since the Pipiwai trail is located in Haleakala National Park, you do not need to pay the $10 twice to get into the park if you do the trail and the summit drive within three days of one another.

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Reviewed October 24, 2011

This is well worth the 2 mile hike to get to it. It is absolutely beautiful. The hike is tough in places. If it has been raining the trail can be slippery and muddy so wear appropriate footwear. About half the trail is through a bamboo forest. It is beautiful and almost like a scene from Crouching Tiger! The last section of the trail requires you to cross a couple of streams and some slippy rocks and boulders.
Be sure to bring some swimming gear as you can stand under the falls. It is really nice after the long hike. Do watch out for some falling rocks though. It takes about 2 hours round trip so make sure you set out well before sunset since the bamboo forest is quite dark even in the daylight (or bring a torch for the hike back). Also bring plenty of water.
The drive from Hana to the park is quite nice and there are a couple of smaller falls to see along the way.

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Reviewed September 24, 2011

This hike up to Waimoku Falls starts out inauspiciously over a poorly marked dirt trail but don't let that fool you. It is a rigorous hike and the last 3/5 miles is cut through a majestic bamboo forest. If you're lucky enough to be hiking alongside quiet hikers, you will hear the bamboo knocking against each other and sometimes, coming down. The trail gets darker as you get deeper into the forest until you come upon Waimoku Falls. The awesome trail is cut through the thick, high bamboo allowing one to experience interesting light and sounds not heard before. For us, it was worship service on Maui.

Location/Parking: If travelling south on the Road to Hana, the parking for the State Park & Kipahulu Visitor Center will be to your left. Fee of $10 per car to park. Bathroom facilities but NO POTABLE WATER at the facilities. There are actually 2 hikes available from the parking lot. One is to the Ohe o Gulch (short hike) and the other for Waimoku Falls (2 miles).

Preparation to hike: We had 2 bottles of water and wore running shoes. This was barely adequate. The trail consists of large stones, wood planks/stairs and synthetic boards. It had just received rain and therefore, was slippery. There were times I wished we had packed our hiking boots. We were drenched with sweat and humidity; we needed more mosquito repellent; our lower legs were splattered with mud.

Trail to Waimoku: If you were not careful to step onto the drier parts of the boards or rock, you might be stepping into soft mud. Because the hike up to the falls is uphill and the steps were not uniformly set, it was difficult to get a rhythm going. (We're runners and like to run our hikes.) However, from a natural hiking and climbing standpoint, this trail is fabulous and interesting, giving you peaks at the water coming off the falls. From start to the first half mile point is a Banyan Tree which is magnificent, like the tree in the movie, Avatar. Just up from that is a fence with flimsy gate which is to be kept closed at all times. About 1 mile up you come to a metal bridge over rushing water, followed by a second bridge. This is where the bamboo forest starts. The planks used within the bamboo forest are textured but still slippery when wet. At the end of the bamboo forest, we had to jump rocks to get to the bottom of the falls.

Time needed: We were there on August 31st. We started the hike at 3:00 and made it back to the parking lot by 5:15. Coming down is a lot faster than going up. The bathroom facilities were closed at 5:15 and there was no drinking water to be had at any price! Luckily, we had one bottle in the car and fresh cut pineapple from a fruit stand. The drive back to our hotel was going to take another 2.5 hours on winding roads so we jumped in our car to avoid driving those roads in the dark. We were driving a JEEP but preferred to get on straight roads before 7:00. (Sunset was around 6:50.)

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