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Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls, Haleakala NP, Maui

A unique and very special waterfall hike where your adventures begin even before you reach the trailhead.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  A favorite Maui hike, yet for some people the drive to the trailhead alone is excitement enough. The Hana Highway is sixty miles of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Located at the end of the Hana Highway in the Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park, the visitors center here is the start of this popular hike.

Follow the trail parallel with the road on which you arrived on, before crossing it and heading uphill.

2. Makahiku Falls

Although the ultimate destination of this hike is the enormous Waimoku Falls, you'll also encounter several more spectacular falls as you trace your route up Oheo Gulch.

Admire the sheer 180ft drop of Makahiku Falls from the trail overlook, or if you're feeling particularly adventurous you could explore it up close. Be aware however, that... More

3. Bridges & banyan trees

The trail continues follows the route of the stream, passing over bridges, past huge sprawling banyan trees and providing opportunities to visit and admire several other smaller waterfalls on the route.

4. Bamboo Forest

Follow the boardwalk through the bamboo forest, so tall and so dense that daylight struggles to penetrate.

Being one of the wettest places on earth the Hawaiian islands boast some of the best waterfalls, and Waimoku Falls is definitely among that category.

After negotiating a stream crossing just before the falls, we end up at the foot of this 400ft monster where you can get as close as you feel comfortable. Exercise caution here however, since the... More

6. Oheo Pools

Though the most adventurous hikers will be tempted to cool off in the pool on the edge Makahiku Falls overlooking the 180ft drop to the rocks below, we chose a visit to Oheo Pools instead.

Located a short hike away from the visitors center towards the ocean, these freshwater pools promise a refreshing dip among fantastic scenery, while you can... More