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Pipiwai Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer out and back
84% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 727' 222 m
Descent: -726' -221 m
High: 842' 257 m
Low: 115' 35 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This delightful trail climbs through lush tropical forest and bamboo groves to streaming waterfalls.

Megan W

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

The water here can be contaminated with e.coli and other dangerous bacterial organisms - keep your head and open sores out of the water. Don't swim if the water is muddy- this is an indication of rain higher up and imminent flash flooding.

Overview

This extremely scenic trail parallels the freshwater Palikea Stream as it cascades through Ohe'o Gulch. With many points of interest scattered along its length, the Pipiwai Trail deserves its good reputation.

Runner Notes

Trail is rocky and can be slick and muddy

Description

From the visitor center parking lot, follow the well signed paths past the thatched house and onto the Pipiwai Trail. This forested route is mostly shady as it ascends steadily up the valley. Watch your footing on the rooty slippery spots. Soon you arrive at the Falls at Makahiku followed shortly thereafter by an enormous banyon tree that is sure to rival any you've ever seen. This is a good place for a break and fun for the kids to scamper about.

Cross several bridges and arrive at a thick, towering bamboo grove penetrated by a well maintained boardwalk. This serenely eerie and magical spot is the highlight for many visitors. The trail ends in a deep valley with the impressive 400-foot Waimoku Falls at the head. Depending on the amount of recent rainfalls, the cascade will either be a rushing torrent or a wispy trickle. Retrace your steps back downhill to the visitor center.

Although the mileage is low, the trail feels more strenuous because of the hot, humid weather. Be prepared for intense sun or rain. As of this writing, there is no food available for purchase in the park so bring your own refreshment.

Flora & Fauna

Huge banyon tree

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Photos

Makahiku Falls
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI
Rocks and bamboos on the Pipiwai Trail
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI
Huge Banyan tree on the Pipiwai Trail!
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI
In amongst the eucalyptuses
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI
400-foot tall Waimoku Falls at end of Pi
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI
Pilikea Stream
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI

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