Hawaii Guide


Hiking in Maui Trails and Walking Tours

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Hiking Maui is a truly wondrous experience. The island is full of numerous trails, all unique with their own individual features and characteristics. This section looks at the best Maui hiking trails and has gone a step further and grouped them by region for your convenience.

Upcountry Treks

Haleakala Crater This holds an incredible 27 miles of tracks that encompass phenomenal views and sites. The first trail that adventurers will come face to face with is the "Sliding Sands" which has to be conquered in order to enter the crater it descends nearly two and half thousand feet! On the opposite side of the crater is the Kaupo Trail which is tougher than the Sliding Sands in that it extends the full length of the mountain, making camping gear a necessity if you plan to complete it.

Polipoli State Park's Redwood Trail This Maui hiking adventure will take you through a redwood wonderland. The views are quite majestic and very similar to the forests of North California. The hike itself is fairly gentle and uniform. On your return you have the choice to simply retrace your steps or follow the Plum Trail back.

East and South Maui Hiking

Wahinepee This track is different to the others in that the trail is enclosed in a bamboo forest. From the onset the trail climbs quite drastically but then gradually settles. One of the beauties about this hike is that it can last anything from a quarter of an hour or extend over a hectic six hours!

Waianapanapa Located in the Hana area this is one of Maui's greatest coastal treks, covering black coastline, groves of hala trees, and lava fields. Extending over seven miles in total this is an experience not to be missed.

Lava Tube Anyone? Kaeleku Cave near Hana is in fact an old lava tube and treasure trove of breathtaking geological formations. The two hour hike gains an impressive 350 feet, although few people notice this as they are distracted by the lava pipeline's unique features. Maui Cave Adventures are the sole operators of this impressive tour. You can contact them on 808 248 7308.

Hoapili Trail Located on the south side of the island, this hiking adventure takes people over a lava trail that eventually opens out onto a black and white sanded beach known as Keawanaku.

West Maui Hiking

Trail to the Nakalele Blowhole The trail itself starts just past Kapalua and is hardly strenuous or taxing, yet the reward is somewhat spectacular in comparison. Along the trail you will find pools (good for swimming!), a lighthouse and smaller blowholes before finally arriving at the Nakalele Blowhole that can expel water to tremendous heights of up to 70 feet!

Waihee Valley Trail This is a relatively easy two mile hike north of Kahului that requires hikers to have a permit from the Wailuku Agribusiness. The trail starts as a simple dirt road, gradually opening up into a forest cut by streams (and rope bridges!) before bringing its traveller's face to face with the 2000 foot Mana nole Falls.

Waihee Ridge Trail This is a scenic hike that is a lot more strenuous than the valley trail with steeper and more demanding climbs. Passing through guava and kukui filled forests, cloud covered gulches and the beautiful Makamakaole Falls this is the gem of hikes.

Lahaina Pali Incorporating the West Maui Mountain this trail rises to a very hectic 1600 feet, making it one of the best trails for birds eye views.