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Pipiwai Trail
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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 January 25, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful! If you're driving the Road to Hana be sure to make this your end point. It's worth the extra few miles to see. The hike itself is very beautiful and scenic. The trail takes you along the bank of a stream and up past a beautiful old Banyan tree. As you get closer to the waterfall, the trail winds you through a beautiful bamboo forest. It's very surreal! The waterfall is gorgeous. Definitely worth hiking too! The whole trail is around four mile round-trip. The hike to the falls is gradually uphill the whole way with a few steep stretches in between. But well worth it!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Yes, it's a strenuous 2.5 mile hike uphill (each way). If you're a couch potato or not active it will take a toll on your body, but it's worth it! The falls are breathtaking, as are the rainforests and bamboo forests. You can't grasp the enormity of the falls from photos. If you're out of shape, go slow and allow for extra time.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This was the highlight of our 'road to hana' day. The falls are beautiful and it's definitely worth doing. Beware - we got very wet and muddy, so make sure you dress appropriately. It took us about two hours to the falls and back.

4  Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

My husband and I hikes the Waimoku Falls Trail with our 16 & 4 year old daughters! We weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into with the little one in tow, but it really is a hike for almost all ages! She did great, minus a couple slippery spots and needing to ride on Dada's shoulders for a few minutes. We wore water shoes, which I highly recommend, and packed a light snack and bottles of water. The bamboo forest was probably the highlight of the trail for me and my husband! Don't just go half way, and stop to take a lot of photos! Swimming under the falls is not recommended because of falling rock, but of course there were a few that did so anyway and probably got a great photo. Go early and don't get stuck out there in the dark, a few groups had to have been hiking the Bamboo in pitch black because they were on their way out still as the sun was setting. Such a memorable hike!

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is a longer hike. At about 4 miles round trip it will take 2 1/2 to 3 hours, but is well worth the time spent The beginning of the hike is the hardest part if you are out of shape (as I am). You are walking up steps that alternate between rocks and dirt/tree roots for about 1/2 mile. Once you reach the cane field it gets easier, and the rest of the hike is less vertical. All along this part of the hike there are many small falls and pools to view if you look off to the right of the trail or step off the trail a bit. There is also a large banyan tree you walk right under, although not as large as the one in Lahaina.

Later in the hike the trail goes through a bamboo forest. Approaching the forest you get the view of it up the side of Haleakala, and it looks like a scene from a movie. Inside the forest, when the wind blows the bamboo claps together and makes the neatest sound. Much of the forest is a wood plank trail, which is good because otherwise it would be a very muddy walk. The planks are still slippery though, so be careful.

The section after the bamboo forest is the toughest to negotiate. You are walking along the slippery rocks and crossing the stream in several places. It's possible to do this without getting wet, but difficult. Definitely don't want to wear a pair of shoes that you care about, but do wear shoes . . . sandals or flip flops would not be a good idea on this hike. A hiking stick, either one you brought with you, or a bamboo pole you might find along the side of the trail, is very helpful.

The end of the hike is the big payoff . . . you are at the bottom of the 400 foot high Waimoku Falls. They are just beautiful, and you can get as close as you want to them. Standing under the falls is not advised, noting all the big rocks around the base of the falls and thinking about exactly how those rocks got there. It's gorgeous, but please be cautious!

This hike was one of the highlights of our trip to Maui and is highly recommended if you are physically able to do it. It costs $10 to get into the park, but since it is the same national park as the Haleakala Crater, you can see both if you visit them within 3 days and save your receipt.

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