Hiking the Pipiwai Trail to the Bamboo Forest and Waimoku Falls at Haleakala National Park, Maui - Hawaii
Blog Post - September 13, 2021
We took the Road to Hana to get to the Haleakala National Park to hike the Pipiwei Trail to see the Banyan Tree, the Bamboo Forest, and the Waimoku Falls. This is located on the east side of Maui.
This National Park is located about 10 miles south of Hana.
We got there at 9am when the park opened and used our National Parks Pass to get in. The normal price is $30 per vehicle.
Since we arrived when the park was first opening the parking lots were pretty empty and we got to choose where we wanted to park. We parked in the upper parking lot closest to the trail to Waimoku Falls.
This hike is 4 miles round trip and is mostly hiking uphill for the first 2 miles to get to the waterfall. Make sure you wear good hiking shoes and to bring some water and snacks.
This is what the entrance to the National Park looks like:
This is a pic of the fee chart at the entrance. You have to pay with a credit card.
As we drove in, we followed the signs to the parking lot by the visitor's center to hike the Pipiwei Trail.
Since we arrived when the park first opened, the parking lots were pretty empty and we chose to park at the top right by the trail entrance.
Down by the visitor's center there was a map of the trail. This hike is 4 miles round trip.
As we headed out on the trail, there were trail markers so it was always easy to find.
Early on in the hike, you will cross the street and keep heading up towards the waterfall.
There's a lot of climbing, but there are rocks put in to make it easier:
We made it to the first stop, which is the large banyan tree.
We headed out on the trail again and made it to the bridge that takes you into the bamboo forest.
As you cross the bridge, you'll see this sign showing that there is only 0.8 miles left to get to Waimoku Falls.
We really loved the bamboo forest. They had a boardwalk going through a lot of the trail, so it was easy to go through and the views were amazing!
As we headed out of the bamboo forest we could see Waimoku Falls in the distance.
After we reached the end and got to see the falls, we headed back. This hike was amazing and we would highly recommend it!
Haleakala National Park Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle
(We used our National Parks Pass to get in so we didn't have to pay the $30)
Total cost: $0
This is the view of the sign at the entrance of the National Park with Pricing:
These are the checklist items I recommend:
- Bring a plenty of water and some snacks
- Bring a hat to keep the sun off of your face.
- Bring sunscreen
- Bring good hiking shoes
- This video was filmed with a Go Pro Hero 9 Black video camera
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