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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popular hiking trail in the seaside portion of Haleakala NP. It was a bit crowded even during Covid times. Totally worth it. If you don't hike regularly, this one has 800 ft. elevation gain and is 4 miles round trip; and may take you some time.
The trail continues to view the tallest waterfall, but honestly, it was a bit of a let down. The trail to go to the base of it has been closed. BUT that Bamboo Forest- yes! Loved the sound of the bamboo clacking together in the wind.

Date of experience: January 2021
1  Thank Chodo
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

At the end of the Road to Hana awaits a 4 mile hike for you! One small loop overlooking Oheo Pools which were closed (unsure due to covid or safety/maintenance). Longer one way up (double back same path to return) for moderate intensity hike passing a fun/cool banyan tree, through a charming/enchanted bamboo forest and ending at a stunning waterfall.

Trail is well kept with rock steps and board walks at some parts. Took us the anticipated 2-3 hours roundtrip. Plan for longer if a large group, kids or on busy days getting stuck behind beginner hikers. Climate is humid so you'll get quite wet, but no swimming.

Parking $30/car allows admittance to both Haleakala park entrances within 3 days. So if you're coming from the summit, no need to pay and if you haven't been to the crater yet, this pass will allow you to go within the next 3 days.

Signs everywhere say the park closes at 5pm and if you're not out, you'll get locked in. Ranger at the top reiterated the same verbal warning late in the afternoon to remind everyone to be aware of timing. This is not a joke and it's quite strictly enforced. Be accountable for your time, speed and experience. If you're beginner, arrive early in the morning. This experience is worth more than 5 stars, definitely nothing less especially if it's because you didn't follow the rules!

Date of experience: January 2021
Thank dkny0123
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Reviewed 11 January 2021

The Pipiwai Trail is one of the most scenic spots in Maui and a great way to break up the long Road to Hana day trip. The trailhead is inside Haleakala National Park on the southeast corner of the island, where the national park meets the coastline. The hike takes around 2 hours to complete and is moderate difficulty (kids could definitely handle it). The early part of the hike brings you through thick bamboo forest, while the final section ends at a stunning, lush waterfall. A highlight of our week-long trip!

We arrived from the north and initially struggled to find the trailhead (we didn't drive far enoguh), but the parking lot and station to pay for park entry are both well-marked with plenty of space for cars. If arriving from the north, you will pass a shrine to the Mother Mary with flowers and amulets; drive at least 5-10 minutes beyond this to find the trail head. Also note that there is little to no cell service along the Road to Hana and you may want to mark points of interest on Google Maps beforehand.

Be aware of Covid-19 restrictions on Maui and respect that healthcare access near Hana may be limited. We packed food for the day-long drive and limited our activities to be outdoors. Also note that Haleakala has been limiting visitor hours at times to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread.

Date of experience: January 2021
1  Thank adriennesuhm
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Reviewed 31 December 2020 via mobile

A warning to people arriving later in the day to the national park where the pipiwai trail and o’heo pools are located- while Hawaiians may be lax casual about how fast they serve you lunch (a reason why we arrived after 3pm to the park to start our hike- due to eternal wait for our lunch near Hana) - the park rangers locked the park gates at 5 on the dot. We were hiking back from the bamboo forest (halfway of trail) and got back at 5:05 only to find that 8 cars had been locked in the park with no exit available. There were signs noting a 5pm closure- but seriously- no 15 minute grace period??? After half an hour of waiting- one of the cars fortunately has a tool kit and used it to take the gate off the hinges so we could exit. As soon as that happened someone in a pickup truck and without a park uniform showed up and tried to block our exit from the park. We pushed our way out anyway- but what I am not sure of is whether this is some sort of local scam to “save the tourists” and try to get a tip by them opening the gate- or if these people were really part of the park and coming back at a later time to teach the tourists a lesson??? Either way- unacceptable. So beware and make sure you are out of the park at the absurd 5pm closing time.

Date of experience: December 2020
6  Thank MikiJuli
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Reviewed 20 December 2020 via mobile

We did this 4 mile hike recently during the pandemic so it wasn’t too crowded at all. It’s a fairly moderate hike to the waterfall and quite beautiful. I especially loved the peaceful bamboo forest and the sound of the bamboo swaying in the wind. Once you get back down, you continue on a second path down to the pools that’s about 3/4 mile round trip. The views of the pools and the dramatic ocean waves crashing along the shore is absolutely stunning! There’s a nice big parking lot and clean bathrooms on site as well.

Date of experience: December 2020
1  Thank Lee4shalom
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