Maui: Bamboo Forest

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We have been wanting to hike the Bamboo Forest at mile marker 6.5 on Hana Highway for some time now. With all the rain and flash flood warnings during the past month, we have been avoiding this hike due to unsafe conditions. So after checking the weather for the past few days, we decided today was the day to hike the Bamboo Forest!

Upon our arrival, we could see the bamboo from the roadway. We entered one of the openings into the bamboo and walked downhill before arriving at a plank of wood sitting above the East Maui Irrigation (EMI) ditch. We crossed over the ditch and continued through the bamboo to get to the main stream bed.

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We arrived at the stream bed and the water level was higher than expected. We were having second thoughts, but we started crossing the stream and realized it wasn’t as deep as we thought – this was good. We walked over the large boulders and used the tree branch hanging over the stream to help keep our balance near the end of our crossing. Once we were safely on the other side of the stream, we arrived at a giant raging waterfall 5 minutes later. This was the first of the four waterfalls we had planned to see.

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We continued through the bamboo forest until we finally reached the second waterfall. It was a nice little swimming hole, but the water looked too dirty for our liking. We hung out for a while before making our way to the third waterfall.

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After climbing up a slippery rockface, we shortly arrived at the third waterfall. The waterfall was larger with a deeper pool  for swimming. Again, the water was too dirty for our liking; I don’t think the water here is typically this dirty all the time – it might be this way due to all the rain we’ve been having, which probably carried all the dirty runoff here. Anyhow, we took a few photos and made our way above the third waterfall to get to the fourth waterfall.

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It was quite the obstacle to get to the top of the third waterfall. We had to climb a makeshift ladder and pull ourselves from the top of the ladder using a rope tied to a tree to get to the top of the cliff (see photos above). After making it to the top of the third waterfall, we continued on our way to search for the fourth waterfall.

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We followed the stream bed which led us to a pool of water. Since we were not planning to go swimming at this point, we saw an uphill path and followed the sound of the fourth waterfall. The path was along the edge of a cliff above the pool that led to a dead end. We weren’t able to get close to the fourth waterfall, but we were able to see it! We ended our adventure here and trekked back to the start of the trail.

Can’t wait for our next Maui adventure!

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