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3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer out and back


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


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


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

Megan W

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly The large banyan tree partway through the trail is a great spot to let kids romp, and the mostly moderate grade is a good intro to hiking for older kids.

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.


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.


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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Jun 9, 2019
Jason Boroos
Fun trail! Slippery and muddy in places but a good hike.
Jun 2, 2019
Shivi K
3.5mi — 3h 00m
Apr 16, 2019
Amanda Jardine
Apr 4, 2019
Tyler Rowlette
Apr 2, 2019
Jon Ulincy
Mar 14, 2019
Travis Ross
3.4mi — 2h 33m
Mar 3, 2019
Brandon Clark
Jan 22, 2019
Elaina Polson

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