Best places to
hike on Maui
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‘Iao Valley State Park always provides a beautiful day trip activity on Maui. This historic state park is home to the infamous ‘Iao Needle, and the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai in 1790, where King Kamehameha I conquered Maui’s warriors in pursuit of uniting all Hawaiian Islands.
Haleakala’s Sliding Sands Trail is located within Haleakala National Park and is the summit of the Crater. At 10,000 feet, near the Haleakala Visitors Center, this trail travels 6 miles through the south base of the Crater leading through loose cinder all the way to the Kapalaoa Cabin at approximately 7,400 feet.
Located south of Wailea (as far as you can drive on this road) is La Perouse. It’s an oceanfront archeological site that remains sacred to the native Hawaiians. The drive here takes you past Makena’s Big and Little Beach, through the Ahihi Kinau Reserve, and over a long stretch of lava fields.
Twin Falls is located just a 20-minute drive East from the Historic Town of Paia on Maui’s North Shore. This site is found easily off Hana Highway, marked by a gravel parking lot, and an amazing Maui-style snack stand. It is possible to book a guided tour through Twin Falls, but it is easily navigated on your own. This hike is perfect for those traveling with children, with a capability to visit many different tropical waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes.
The Waihee Ridge Trail is an incredible day trip for the experienced hiker. Here, venturesome guests climb uphill for about 1,500 feet until they reach Lanilili Peak. That being said, the hike is nearly all downhill on the way back down. Wear some comfortable hiking shoes and bring lots of water for this adventure. This is not a hike suggested for children unless you have some exceptionally athletic teenagers.
Located on the most northerly point of West Maui, Nakalele Point is visited by travelers far and near. Visitors can hike down a rugged cliff trail to observe one of only three natural blowholes in the world! The trail is scattered with tide pools, fascinating rock formations and dramatic views of crashing waves all along Maui’s gorgeous west shoreline.
Situated at 6,750 feet, Hosmer Grove & Supply Trails offer some of the most fabulous hiking experiences and views in all of Maui. Hosmer Grove is accessed between the Haleakala National Park and Visitors Center. The trails and signage are both well maintained, and the hikes are just as pleasant as can be. Here, hikers begin their experience with a fragrantly calming hike through Cedar, Spruce, Eucalyptus, and Pine trees. Next, you can travel through shrublands, where hikers have popularly noted sighting four different types of Honeycreepers that are native to this area. The Hosmer Grove Nature Trail is accessed through the end of the road by the parking area. The 2.4 mile Supply Trail is accessed closer to the main road, marked by signs and a cattle guard gate.
The Waihou Spring Trail Loop is located in Olinda, Maui, accessed by driving all the way up Piiholo Road. Guests can park directly outside of the trail entrance, where a pathway immediately leads hikers through a mystical baby Cypress, Eucalyptus, and native Hawaiian Koa and Halapepe forest. This is an old time favorite hiking location in Upcountry Maui and an undoubtedly gorgeous secret spot. It’s almost unreal that a location like the Waihou Spring Trail Loop is found on Maui. It is a perfect example of how diverse Maui’s topography can be.
The Halemauu Trail in Haleakala starts from the west side of the crater summit down switchbacks towards the crater floor, and finally towards the east end of Haleakala Crater. The beginning part of this hike is pretty calm, as it travels through level-ish areas where hikers can experience an ever-changing volcanic eco-zone with loose lava rock and native shrubs. The switchbacks travel down through an approximately 1,500-foot long cliff area. From here, hikers will be pleased that they chose to wear sturdy and comfortable shoes as they marvel in views of the Koolau Gap leading all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Voted Best Of Maui and a must-do while on Maui! The Kings Gardens Waterfall Hike is a unique and enjoyable Maui activity where only 24 persons are allowed a day due to the rare and sensitive nature of this sacred Hawaiian heritage site. Be one of the lucky ones who get to walk in the footsteps of the King on his ancient walking trails, where you get to see the world’s biggest prehistoric dinosaur ferns!