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“Beautiful, amazing trail”
Review of Pipiwai Trail

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 February 13, 2013

My hsband and I on a whim stopped while on the Road to Hana. This trail was amazing, and beautiful. I would consider it a difficult climb, as the ground is wet, and slippery going over dirt, rocks, and plenty of tree routes. Take the Upper picnic trail if you can, it's the best part!

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

My friend and I camped at kipahulu camp site where this trail starts. The hike was well worth it. Not a strenuous hike, but we went after rain. So it was somewhat slippery. Which no one then told us that you have to cross water to get to the beautiful waterfall at the end. I would have tennis shoes on or hiking boots and then bring water shoes if you don't want to get your feet wet. The waterfall was well worth every bit of it though. Truly amazing....as well as the banyan tree and bamboo fields along the way.

1  Thank Tiffany S
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We always like to do the Pipiwai trail hike (4 miles RT) and to see Waimoka Falls when we are in Hana. The trail can start near the Ranger station but basically you will need to cross the road where you connect to the trail. Sometimes if you get lucky (like we did) you may find some bamboo walking sticks that someone has left behind near the start of the trail. It makes it so much easier when you are going through muddy spots and crossing two small streams near the end of the trail. This time, the rocks in the streams were too slippery for us to walk across on them. It was just easier to walk through the stream and have wet shoes than risk an injury. It is advisable to dress appropriately and wear walking shoes. On the trail, I saw a woman wearing a long white skirt and flip flops.

Part of the trail is through a bamboo forest that has a boarded path in the shade. If there is wind, then the bamboo chimes and plays music while you walk. Very cool.

We visit Hawaii every year and sometimes we witness some foolish things that tourists do so I wanted to mention it here. While we were having a little lunch and enjoying the majestic view, a guy decided to walk underneath the waterfall. This is not like taking a shower! It’s a 400 ft waterfall and it rained a lot this season so he got pummeled to the rocks by the force of the water. He was very lucky that he just had red hands from the fall. In 2011, there was an 8 year-old girl who tragically died from fallen rocks from swimming in this spot. We saw a few other tourists wading through the water to have their pictures taken. This is a beautiful place but it also can be dangerous with fallen rocks or flash floods so be careful!

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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!

1  Thank Reegz88
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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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