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“Simply Stunning!”
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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.
Overland Park, Kansas
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Simply Stunning!”
Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

You must so this hike. Around each corner lies a new mystery! There is a really cool banyan tree and numerous waterfalls to occupy your time on the way up. Then you get to the stunning bamboo forest that is simply stunning. I've never seen anything like it. To end the journey is a gorgeous waterfall. This is a must do if you visit Hana.

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Princeton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best Hike on Maui!”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went on several hikes while on Maui and this was everyone's favorite! Lots of climbing uphill and a beautiful section through the bamboo ending with a fantastic waterfall! Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. The hike took 2-2 1/2 hours to complete. Well worth the drive and effort!

Visited August 2014
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Hamilton, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Definitely worth the effort”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

Not much detail about the trail to add to other reviews...definitely worth the effort, which is minimal for an experienced hiker. A couple of comments about the falls. You come to the first falls in about 1/2 mile...fairly impressive at 180 feet, but nothing compared to the 400 foot beauty at the end. One popular guide book got a lot of people excited about swimming in the "infinity pool" at the top of the first falls. Unfortunately, the author of the book assumed that his readers had some common sense and didn't need all the details about why swimming at the top of a waterfall can be dangerous! So apparently, several people went beyond the "safe" pool and wound up succumbing to gravity, causing the Park Service to close all access to the pools and put up signs restricting passage, which still doesn't stop those who believe that rules are for "other people."

When you reach the goal--the tantalizing view of Waimoku falls just across a stream, you will immediately assume that making the trek across the water and slippery rocks will take you to the bottom of the falls and a nice place to sit and contemplate nature. Not gonna happen! The bushes on the other side of the stream hide the fact that you can only walk about 100 feet more before being stopped by another "do not go beyond this point" sign...and if you do decide to go a little further, there really isn't a good place to sit and commune with nature (unless it's the ants and spiders that already call the few "sitable" rocks their home). If you do choose to cross the stream to gain those extra few feet, you definitely need water shoes and it's not a good idea to do it at all if it's been raining and the water is high.

That said, there are many people who apparently ignore all the signs and go all the way to the falls...I trust they've painted targets on their head for the rocks and other debris hidden in all that beautiful veil-like water...and who knows, they may be lucky...or not.

Visited August 2014
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Greenville, SC
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great views of the North side of Maui”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

The family really enjoyed this hike, we brought sandwiches and lots of water to the top and ate lunch in the clouds. The views were phenomenal all the way up, and then the last 100 - 200 ft. of elevation we climbed up into the clouds. Actually makes for peaceful hiking if you haven't done it. Pretty steep in sections, this one will get your heart rate up.

Visited July 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic Hike!”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Pipiwai Trail was a fantastic, easy to moderate hike! The trail starts out with a steady uphill trail with lots of rocks and roots and mud. Be sure to wear cool clothes and good shoes that you don't mind getting muddy. You should also bring with you plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, and of course, your camera! It took me about an hour and a half to get to the end, stopping along the way to take pictures and enjoy the lookouts and see several waterfalls, a large banyan tree, bridges, and streams. You continue the trail through a bamboo forest, which was amazing. When the wind blows, the bamboo hit each other, sounding like giant wind chimes. At the end of the trail, you'll be rewarded with the magnificent, 400 foot Waimoku Falls. I spent about half an hour here, and then an hour to hike back. There were people of all shapes and sizes and ages on this trail. You can do it too. It's totally worth it!

Visited July 2014
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