Hike Through a Bamboo Forest in Maui

4 Miles Round Trip - 600 ft gain -

Pipiwai Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Abe Blair

Distance: 4 miles roundtripElevation gain: 600 ft.Dense Bamboo ForestBeautiful waterfalls

Park at Haleakala State Park and head up river across the road on the Pipiwai Trail. This is a great hike and so beautiful with many views of waterfalls and a journey through a bamboo forest. The end of the trail is Waimoku Falls, a four hundred foot water fall. This is an out and back trail so simply follow your path back to the parking lot at the Haleakala State Park.


Picnic Area
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole


4 Miles
600 ft elevation gain

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One of my favorite places

I love this bamboo forest. I don't think there is a cooler or more relaxing place on the whole island.

A Great Trail!

The Pipiwai Trailhead was an amazing experience and definitely one to do on the Road to Hana. We unfortunately encountered a closure of the "Seven Sacred Pools" area due to flash flooding - it was raining on and off throughout the week we were there. It was a shame because we saw some amazing sights of some well known falls off in the distance. Overall, a great to stop by among the many sights along the Road to Hana!

Spectacular Experience

There are so many hikes to do that you just can't do them all. I just stopped at one and began the hike. I saw 4 waterfalls along the way one of which I had to swim to get to. Make sure you are on the path though because you do not want to wander aimlessly through bamboo for you entire hike (we took a wrong turn and hiked a good while before realizing we were headed nowhere in particular). A good guide book helps. The only downside is that the Road to Hana is very windy and is the only way to the forests.