Seven Sacred Pools Oheo Gulch

Hana, Hawaii 96713

Seven Sacred Pools Oheo Gulch

Seven Sacred Pools Oheo Gulch Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Oheo Gulch, commonly known as “Seven Sacred Pools,” has a succession of natural staircase waterfalls cascading into a series of descending pools. The pools, numbering far more than seven, are bordered by sculpted lava rock basins and cliffs which lie along Oheo Gulch above the rugged eastern coastline at Kuloa Point.

This short hike includes swimming holes and hikes around a series of freshwater pools that overlook the black lava rock oceanfront. Oheo Gulch is preserved as part of Haleakala National Park. The twisting, winding road from Hana to the pools weaves along the coastline through valleys and ridges. The scenic drive passes waterfalls and crosses numerous one-lane bridges."

Seven Sacred Pools Oheo Gulch Trip Reports

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A great little hike that is not too be missed! Paved path and lots of crowds, so be prepared to share the scenery. A great way to end a Road to Hana trip
Don't miss out on the Pipiwai Trail located only a half mile away, especially since you already paid to park!
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The hike to the falls is merely so-so, but the pools are great.

The real trail is the one leading through a bamboo forest to a 400 foot high waterfall. It is absolutely beautiful and only moderately tiring. It's pretty long, so assume you'll be spending 2-3 hours round trip on this one. A+
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One of the best hikes on Maui ... diverse scenery of the tropical rainforest, amazing vistas, variety of plant life & climate zones ... from rain forest along coastline or hiking up ~600 feet elevation. Dirt trail goes steadily uphill; with tree roots, sometimes mud, banyon tree, lava rock lined, plungle pools that create cascades and waterfalls, bridges over stream crossings, walkway above mud & mosquitos in cathedral of bamboo forest. SO WORTH IT ... especially when you make the final stream crossing and look up from near the base of 400 foot high Waimoku Falls. Takes 2 hours minimum; but schedule longer to rest along the way and enjoy! Wear/carry rain gear & water shoes; we hike the trail in our good soled tennies with traction but carry a small backpack w/ water shoes plus a protected change of clothes. Water, snacks, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant are all musts Plus your camera; you can rarely get all of Waimoku in one frame, even with a panorama setting. In Joy ... Enjoy!!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
1 hour
U.S.G.S. Kipahulu - Trails Illustrated Haleakala National Park
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