Hike Through a Bamboo Forest in Maui

Hawaii Pipiwai Trailhead

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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.

Pack List

  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sandals
  • Snacks
  • Water
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9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

9 months ago

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!

9 months ago

about 1 year ago

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.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Giant Bamboo

When you first get on this trail, you see a variety of trees including a Banyan Tree. As you hike farther into the trail, more bamboo trees appear. Off to the sides are some incredible pools that you can sit in to cool off or have a natural waterfall massage. You reach the bamboo forest and it is an immense jungle of only bamboo. You're hiking and unless someone told you what to expect you have no idea when this forest ends. As you are in the bamboo forest, you hear sounds of the bamboo blowing into each other. These bamboo trees are so large that when they bump into each other there is a sound like they are almost crashing to the ground. You finally reach the end of the bamboo forest and see this incredible waterfall. Don't be afraid to pass the signs and adventure to the waterfall. This is a sight that is amazing from far away but even more breathtaking up close.

over 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

A truly magical place and that you must do when you're in Maui! Save a half (or full) day to be able to explore the whole area (including the Seven Sacred Pools), take photos, and relax.

about 2 years ago

Added by Abe Blair


Chillin, Photography, Hiking

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Year Round


4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet



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