Best places to
hike on Maui
After reading through our list of the Top 10 Hikes in Maui, you’ll feel confident that you have the most thorough information on the best hikes in Maui. Don’t let any of your vacation go to waste! Make the most of your valuable time here in paradise. We’ve done all of the research for you and we’ve got the facts. Read through our local expert knowledge below, where you will learn all of the awesome details about each hike. Find out just how long certain hikes are, learn which trails are appropriate for children, and find out where they are located.
Maui Hiking Safety
While you venture through Maui’s gorgeous terrain, make sure that you always keep safety first in your mind. From mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean), there are just so many gorgeous sights to see and explore. Although your first thoughts about safety in Maui might have to do with the ocean, being aware of the elements is also important while trekking through Maui’s hiking trails and forests.
Maui Hiking Tips:
- Never hike alone
- Heed all warning signs and stay on the trails
- Do not trespass on private property
- Make sure you are prepared for sudden changes in weather. Bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, ponchos, jackets, and sturdy shoes
- Bring an adequate amount of food and water for the duration of your hike
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle
- Start hikes early
- Hike during daylight hours, and make sure that you have time to return to your vehicle before the sunset hour
- Bring a fully-charged cellphone on your hike, and if possible, turn on your GPS
- Be aware that some remote areas will not have cell phone service
- Never dive or jump into ponds as there may be submerged rocks and edges
- Call the National Weather Service at 1-866-944-5025 to check the weather before you head out
- Call the Maui County Automated Information line at 808-986-1200 ext. 1 for Maui Emergency Management Agency emergency notifications like flash flood warnings and advisories
- Wear brightly colored clothing so that rescue crews can easily spot you in case of emergency
For more Maui hiking safety information, please refer to the County of Maui website.
‘Iao Valley State Park Central Maui, 1/2-1.8 miles
‘Iao Valley State Park always makes for a perfect day trip activity in Maui. This historic State Park is the home of the famed ‘Iao Needle, and the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai of 1790. This is where King Kamehameha I conquered the warriors of Maui in the pursuit of uniting all of the Hawaiian Islands.
Haleakala - Sliding Sands Trail Haleakala Crater, 10 miles
Haleakala’s Sliding Sands Trail can be found in Haleakala National Park. It starts up near the summit of the Haleakala Crater. At 10,023 feet, close to the Haleakala Visitors Center, this trail stretches down for 6 miles to the south base of the Crater. It winds its way through loose cinder all the way to the Kapalaoa Cabin (at roughly 7,400 feet).
Pipiwai Trail-Oheo Gulch Oheo Gulch, 4 miles
The Pipiwai Trail is found just above the Seven Sacred Pools of Oheo in Kipahulu’s Haleakala National Park. If you are driving the “Road to Hana,” you will not want to miss out on this beautiful adventure!
La Perouse Hoapili Trail, 5.5 Miles
Found just south of Wailea, as far as you can drive on the road, is La Perouse. It’s an oceanfront archeological site that remains sacred to Native Hawaiians. While driving to La Perouse, you will pass by Makena’s Big and Little Beach, the Ahihi Kinau Reserve, and a long stretch of lava fields.
Twin Falls North Shore, 1/2-2 miles
Twin Falls is just a 20-minute drive east from the historic Paia Town on Maui’s famed North Shore. This Maui hike is easily found just off of Hana Highway. It is marked by a big gravel parking lot, and an amazing Maui-style snack stand. Here they serve up some ice cold coconuts, tropical fruit, smoothies, and fresh baked banana bread.
Waihee Ridge Trail Wailuku, 5 miles
For those who are more experienced hikers, the Waihee Ridge Trail is an excellent Maui day trip. Here, venturesome guests will climb uphill for about 1,500 feet until they reach Lanilili Peak. As you might imagine, once you go up, you must come back down!
Nakalele Blowhole 1 mile
Seated at the most northern point of West Maui, Nakalele Point is visited by hikers from near and far. Visitors will hike down a rugged cliff trail to find first-rate views of the ocean, and one of Hawaii’s seven natural blowholes. The path leads down to the water with some fascinating rock formations and Hawaiian wildflowers. There are dramatic views of the blue Pacific Ocean and West Maui’s gorgeous coast found throughout this moderate hike.
Hosmer Grove & Supply Trails Upper Kula, 2-5.9 miles
Sitting at 6,750 feet, the Hosmer Grove and Supply Trails offer some of the most fabulous hiking experiences and views to be had in all of Maui.
Waihou Spring Trail Loop Olinda - Upcountry, 1-2.4 miles
The Waihou Spring Trail Loop is found in the Upcountry Olinda area, and it can be reached by driving all the way up Piiholo Road.
Halemauu Trail Haleakala Crater, 10 miles
Haleakala’s Halemauu Trail starts out on the west side of the crater summit. It then continues down switchbacks towards the crater floor, and finally leads to the east end of Haleakala Crater.
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Maui offers such a wide array of hiking adventures for all skill levels! We hope that this information is useful to you, and helps you to determine which will be the best hike for your vacation in Maui.