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Bamboo Forest

A vast, dense forest of bamboo in the midst of a tropical paradise, sound interesting? Wait until you see it.

Haleakalā National Park

Bamboo Forest Description

About 1 mile in the Pīpīwai Trail gives way to a boardwalk that cuts through the heart of a vast bamboo forest, the likes of which you have never seen. The bamboo reaches soaring heights and hearing the rustle of the chutes in the wind is quite a treat. We definitely recommend it.

Best Time to Visit Bamboo Forest

The best time to visit the Bamboo Forest is when it hasn’t been raining. The frequent rain can make the trail especially muddy. Apart from that aim for winter or one of the shoulder seasons to avoid crowded trails and parking areas.

Things to Note

You’ll come across many signs warning you to stay on the trail and they mean it. Flash floods and rockslides are common here and can occur with little to no warning. The area is typically muddy and wet and it’s easy to lose your footing and end up tumbling down a gulch if you’re not careful.

The mosquitoes can be pretty brutal along this trail no matter the time of year so be sure to bring repellent and dress appropriately. Also the jungle here is hot and humid so bring plenty of water and wear light and breathable clothing.

Bamboo Forest | Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii

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HALEAKALA 8K is the culmination of several weeks and multiple trips to the remote outer reaches of the island of Maui in the Central Pacific. Journey with us to the house of the sun and discover ancient volcanoes steeped in legend, rugged mountains, dense rainforests, hidden beaches, underwater worlds, and the last wild home to spectacular wildlife. This is Haleakalā. Filmed primarily in 8K.


Jim Pattiz

Co-Founder of More Than Just Parks. Filmmaker, Conservationist, Public Lands Enthusiast

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