Best Hiking Trails on Maui, Hawaii

Hidden away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the Hawaiian Islands are forged from volcanoes and drenched in lush tropical forests, the Jewel of the islands Maui is blessed with incredible natural beauty. Ripe with Coastlines, Mountains, Valleys, and waterfalls seemingly plucked straight out of a travel brochure, the setting is perfect for some seriously mindblowing hikes out into the Islands wilderness.

The Best Hiking Trails on Maui, Hawaii are a mixed bunch of trials. The Hugely diverse ecosystems mean the trails are completely different in nature and feel they could be thousands of miles apart. Hike high onto the Coastal Pali’s (cliffs) Through deep jungle, alien volcanic landscapes, evergreen forests, out into the far backcountry or just gentle coastal paths there is something for everyone and no two hikes are the same and if you take just 2 or three hikes in a trip you can have completely different experiences on each.

Best Hiking Trails on Maui, Hawaii
Bamboo Forest

Maui is a fairly undeveloped island. Huge tracts of the island are left almost completely to nature, outside of the metro area of Kahului and the resorts of Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kihei, and Walia there are only a smattering of buildings and built-up areas, leaving much of the island as wilderness. This is usually a recipe for endless hiking trails and miles of backcountry exploring. Unfortunately on Maui, this is no the case. These huge swathes of undeveloped land are either under private ownership or are heavily protected (or both). This means hiking opportunities in Maui are pretty limited.

But before we get too downhearted, the few hiking trails there are, are really fantastic and hugely diverse. As you are likely here on vacation you will only have the opportunity to hike a few so the limited number does nothing to reduce the quality. We include a huge array of different types and difficulties of Trail, from the coastal paths to highly advanced wayfinding trails that require overnight cabin stays!

We have not tried to rate the Hikes as people always want different things from a hike, and we don’t like to prejudge what type of walker you are. If you are looking for a 1-hour gentle evening stroll a five-star rating on the 2-3 day Kaupo Trail is hardly relevant! Instead, we just provide distance difficulty and Elevation Change so you can judge the hikes suitability. They are al 5 Star hikes, just in their own way.

Map of Best Hiking Trail on Maui

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Hiking Tips and Safety

We don’t want to preach too much, we are sure many of you are experienced hikers and fit and healthy people but we would be remiss if we did not point a few things out.

Maui is Wild. Some of the hikes we mention are really quite extreme. If you are not sure you are up to the challenge, you are probably not. Hiking out into a barren wilderness has inherent risks and if you get in trouble only minimal lines of assistance.

Take Water. As much as you can carry. Maui is HOT and humid and the majority of the trails we mention have limited to no amenities en-route. You will get thirsty and without proper hydration could get into difficulties.

Footwear is important. For many of these trails, trainers/sneakers will be fine, but boots should really be worn for the more wilderness hikes or ones where we highlight muddy or rocky trails. The number of times we have seen flipflops (Slippers) on people navigating pretty serious terrain is scary.

Remember this is not Disneyland. You are in the wild and you may encounter high drops, slippy surfaces, unbarricaded falls and many natural hazards. There is not someone there at all times looking after your well being, there is no one to stop you wandering off that cliff edge but yourself. Sorry, but accidents like these can and do happen all the time!

Stick to Trials, especially in Parks and Reserves. For your own safety as we mentioned but also because of the incredibly fragile ecosystems, you could trample critically endangered plants, disturb vulnerable birds or wildlife, or introduce seeds or spores fro back hem that could destroy an ecosystem. Mais habitats are so fragile hiking is a hinge risk to them. This is while trails are so few and far between if you start of off-pisteing, the damage can be huge and irreparable

Take Nothing but Photos, Leave Nothing but Footprints, and try not to leave too many of those!

1 – Pipiwai Trail

  • Length – 4 Miles Round Trip
  • Duration – 2-3 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Elevation – + 800ft
  • Notes – Well Defined, but rough rail, uphill into dense, humid, mosquito-filled jungle. Waimoku Falls

Several miles past the town of Hana at the far end of the Hana Highway just before the road becomes unpaved and forbidden to Hire cars is one of the final Stops on the highway. Here the Haleakala National Park makes its only excursion down to the coast. A parking lot, small visitors center and the seven Sacred Pools are found here along with the Trailhead to the Pipiwai Trail.

The short 2-mile hike takes straight up into the remote jungle to one of the prettiest picture-perfect waterfalls in the world. A stunning pay-off for a fairly hefty uphill slog in the hot humid jungle. The dense hot canopies and pools of water provide the perfect breeding for mosquitos so bring Bug Spray.

The Trail Starts out at the Visitors center and begins fairly easily. The paths are heavily rutted with roots rocks and uneven surfaces. If it has been raining expect the trail to be slippery. The first section is through fairly sparse woodland, as you hike up and past the staggering MakaHiku Falls (0.5miles). Following the Palikea Stream, you pass several small falls before coming across the huge Banyan Tree (0.6miles), a great place for a rest and cool down under the massive shaded branches.

Onwards, and continuing to follow the stream, the trail passes a bridge (1 mile) over two cascading falls, followed by another over more falling water. When water levels are high these can be raging torrents! From here you head into the Bamboo Forest. The haunting corridors forged by boardwalks between the plants are eerily quiet and devoid of sound, aside from the hollow ghost-like knocking of the bamboo trunks.

The Bamboo is an Invasive Species and these forests grown every year. They really are quite eerie and feel fairly claustrophobic as the narrow path is the only break in a seemingly endless forest of Bamboo. It’s amazing how the invading plant has taken over completely and the only plant surviving in the forest is Bamboo.

Eventually, the Bamboo breaks and you head into a clearing where the regular jungle returns. At the end of the trial, the Waimoku falls come into view. The falls are reminiscent of a shampoo commercial and are a picture-perfect jungle falls complete with a pool underneath to cool off after the hike.

The Water is fiercely cold however and debris can rain down from the falls but few can resist venturing into the pool for a quick dip. The scattered rock should give you an idea of why venturing under the falls is a bad idea!


2 – Waihee Ridge Trail

Waihee Ridge Trail Mau
Waihee Ridge Trail, Maui by Forest and Kim Starr on CC3.0
  • Length – 4 Miles Round Trip
  • Duration – 1.5-2.5 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Elevation – +1500 ft
  • Notes – Popular Trail Heading into the West Maui Mountain Cloud Forest.

With the Vast Majority of the West Maui Mountains off-limits, one of the most amazing and pristine Cloud forests in the world is almost inaccessible to everyone, which is such a terrible shame but this protection is needed if the unique ecosystem is to be protected. The Waihee Ridge Trail is just a sneak peek or a taster of what the Mountain area is actually like as you hike the short Two-mile trial up into the Mountains and across a dramatic Mountain Ridge!

This is a popular and well-marked ridge trail and one not to miss. The Tail is pretty steep and climbs a good way up during its short length and this is pretty taxing but the trail is pretty smooth in most parts and any moderately fit person can power up. The Out and back trail means once you have topped out the way back is all downhill and the views are equally stunning heading the opposite direction as you look up and down the coast.

The Trail is truly unique as it takes you into a pristine and one of a kind cloud forest, with loads of endemic and engaged plant life and views of the plunging West Maui Mountain Valleys.

The Big issue wit the trail is the weather. As you are in Cloud Forest, most days low cloud can form and ruin the views, clear days are rare but the cloud rolls and lifts regualry so even on grotty days the inversion layer (the cloud height) changes often and white-outs lift to reveal the most incredible mountain views you will ever see!

While the Waihee Ridge trial is not the most challenging or the most epic, it has so much going for it and is really accessible to all, if you are to do just one hike on your Maui Vacation make it this one as there really is no hike like it on earth!


3 – Lahaina Pali Trail

  • Length 4.5 Miles – One way
  • Duration – 2-3 Hours
  • Map Google
  • Difficulty – Strenuous
  • Elevation – 1600 ft
  • Notes – Rough Trail, very hilly, stunning views for the Coastline and West Maui Mountains.

This is one of our favorite hikes in Maui, yet it is quite unpopular and some find it less scenic than others, we disagree though and the views from the top are quite staggering. The time of year and amount of recent rainfall have an impact as sometimes the trial is quite dry and brown, other times it is lush and green with tall grass.

The Trail is steep, very rocky and pretty strenuous and is defiantly a serious hikers trail. We find it hugely rewarding but less fit hikers will find the strain detracts from the experience. The lower elevations are less pretty that you may hope for and this can leave you a little underwhelmed, but as you climb higher the pay off becomes huge.

The Trial is open-ended, so it makes logistics difficult as at the end of the trail you are 4.5 miles from the car. So you either hike the 4.5 miles back or hitchhike or have two cars. Our preferred solution is to just hike half the trail. There is not much lost from just hiking up to the top and turning around.

The Maalaea side of the trail is by far the prettier and less rugged terrain see we advise that route over the Lahaina side of the trial. Even if you are doing the full out and back 9-10 mile hike we still advise the Maalea side, as you get near the end of the trail and towards the highway, on the Lahina side things get pretty dull and ugly for the last half mile or so and you may as well turn around early and skip this part.

At the Summit, The views down the Coast, over Haleakala and the south Maui resort district are some of the best views on the island. These for us are easily worth the effort of 1600ft over 2.5 miles. You also pass through the Kaheawa Wind Farm. To many, this is an ugly eyesore, but we find it strangely beautiful and getting up close to the turbine is nothing if not interesting!

Overall if you can handle the hard nature of the climb then we find this underrated hike really rewarding and well worth the effort. But do not expect the wonderful lush foliage of other hikes in Maui.


4 – Sliding Sands Trail – Haleakala

Sliding Sands Trail
  • Length – 11 Miles Round Trip (Variable)
  • Duration – 5-7 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Very Strenuous
  • Elevation – + 2500 ft
  • Notes – Long Day Hike into a Mars-like Volcanic Crater

Nation Park Service Map

The Sliding Sands trail or the Keonehe‘ehe‘e as it is officially called is a bit of a monster. The Trailhead is at the summit of Haleakala which means there is little choice but to head down. You lose height really fast as you descend into a vast and barren volcanic Crater. The official trail runs for 5.6 miles down onto the crater floor losing over 2500 ft of elevation, most of which is in the first 2-3 miles.

This can cause problems for hikers as the first half of your him is obviously very easy being all downhill, but any height lost most be reclaimed on the return leg. This makes for a very long hard slog back up the mountain on the return leg.

The first 5.6 miles gets you to the Kapalaoa Cabin, if this is your turn around then they entire hike will be around 11 miles, however from here you can continue on into the crater. you can push on t0 the Paliku Cabin at 9.2miles, however, this will be a savage 18+ Mile trip.

Our favorite way to enjoy the Crater trails is to pick up the Halemau’u trail and hike out of the crater at the Halemau’u trailhead. To do this you need to park there on the way up and hitchhike up to the summit. There are a large number of vehicles heading up all day so getting a lift is not too challenging. This 11-mile route has a lot to take in, such as Pele’s Paint pot and the bottomless pit! It’s a great hike.

The weather in the crater is unpredictable. It can range from freezing cold to scorching hot, with blinding sun, and then dense fog and Rain, all in a few hours or less.

The Most extreme Hike in the Crater can require an overnight stop at Paliku Cabin and hiking out of the Crater via the Kaupo Gap Trail…


5 – Kaupo Gap Tail

Kaupo Gap Trail
Kaupo Gap Trail by Forest and Kim Starr on CC3.0
  • Length – 18 Miles One Way
  • Duration – 1-2 DAYS!
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Extreme
  • Elevation – +/- 10,000 ft
  • Notes – Back Country hike through ultra-remote bush, on un-maintained trails with no cell reception and little chance of help if you get lost or injured!

This is the Baddest hike on Maui. A one-way journey into the remotest Back Country on the Island. The NPS simply advises against the hike and once out on the wilds you are really in the badlands! The hike begins at the Sliding Sands Trailhead at the summit of Haleakala. You then hike this through to the Paliku Cabin where you can overnight if needed. Plan ahead as there is no Gas, but you have access to limited firewood and a wood stove!

Really, 18miles is a long hike and the trails are rugged and hard going BUT, it is all downhill so you could hike out in a Day. But we don’t recommend it. Just as Staying in an ultra remote Cabin in the bottom of a Volcano’s crater is a freaking cool thing to do!!!

From the Paliku cabin you head off down the Kaupo Trail, the first 3 miles are not too bad as they are in the park boundaries and reasonably maintained, but after that, you are out into the wilds. The path is poorly waymarked and hard to follow and leads through rough jungle and scrubland. Expect to be making it up as you go at times and hoping to stay on the trail.

Not Hard enough for you? You could always reverse hike it? Start at the Kaupo Gap trailhead and hike INTO the crater, that way its 18miles and +10,000ft, and you get to say you hiked up the third tallest mountain in the world!!!


6 – Skyline Trail

Skyline Trail
Skyline Trail by Courtney Nash on CC2.0
  • Length 15 Miles
  • Duration – 3-4 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Moderate effort, but long duration.
  • Elevation – -8,000ft
  • Notes – Fast Mountain Bike Traffic, one-way descent off the mountain, stunning views, but tough on the Knees!

Another Epic trail that follows the spine of the volcano from the summit right down to the town of Kula in the Upcountry. The Trail starts out wild and high altitude as you follow the main col of Haleakala. One side of you are stunning views of the Lava Coastline and the other far-reaching views of the central parts of the Island along with West Maui Mountain. If feels almost Himalayan and mind-blowingly epic.

As the Tail is all downhill for 15+ mils it is very popular with mountain Bikers so keep an eye out as they can fly fast at crazy speeds! Or not, if they are less brave and talented!

The Skyline Trail itself ends at around mile 5 and you can choose the Mamane Trial or the Waipoli Road. If you choose the Mamane you head into some wonderful scrub forest before joining the Waipoli road a little further along. The Road route is long and less scenic, Bikers tend to take the trail so you will lose them for a bit.

Once on the Waipoli road, you are still a good trek from anywhere close to civilization. The road is one so by name, it’s at best a dirt track and far from anywhere, you can get picked up. Keep following the road al the way through the Kula Forest Reserve, where you will encounter pristine pine forests and feel you are in Yosemite rather than a pacific island.

Eventually, after much downhill trekking, you will arrive at the Kula Lavander farms. and the first hint of civilization, only a mile or so to go and you are in Kula itself where you can pick up the bus network to get you back to where ever you left your car or arranged a pick-up.

While this trail is wild and seriously rewarding, logistics are a pain in the backside. First, you have to get to the summit of Haleakala without a car, there are no busses or public transport to get you up so you are stuck with arranging lifts and pick-up or simply hitchhiking. You can get the 40 (Upcountry Islander) or 39(Kula Islander) Bus to KulaMalu Town Center Bus stop and pick up 377 Haleakala Highway and try and grab a lift. If you fail it’s a LONG way (28 Miles) to the summit!!! For this reason, we definitely recommend hiking up first. If you leave your car at the top, and you can’t catch a lift, you are in a world of trouble!

Coming back, Once in Kula, you are back on the bus network so getting back to Kahului is simply enough.


7 – Mahana Ridge Trail

  • Length 10.4 Miles (Round Trip 5.2 Miles Each way)
  • Duration – 3-4 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Hard
  • Elevation – 2500ft
  • Notes – Navigation incredibly hard!

One of the very few trails that head up into the West Maui Mountains, the Mahana Ridge Trail Really doesn’t want to be hiked. It is incredibly difficult to find and to follow, but it is really rewarding and stunningly beautiful as it follows the Mahana Ridge up into the Cloud forest Foothills.

The Trial Starts at DT Flemming Beach, where you will find lots of parking and the Trailhead can be difficult to locate. As you get to the end of the lower Honoapiilani Road, you enter the carpark with the Preschool on your left. Behind you, there is a small trail heading off into the bushes, with a sign marking the Trailhead.

Once on the trail, the markings are sporadic and can dry up, expect to lose the trail at least once, but heading back on yourself you should find it again. This is exacerbated by the fact the trail is sporadically maintained at best. When the foliage is low the trial is pretty easy to follow. When it’s overgrown it can be very challenging.

It is, however, a fantastic Hike, Views are sporadic but once up high the views of the coast are wonderful. The Hike in mainly in dense foliage with a huge array of plants right out of Jurassic Park.

Distances are a little hazy, you will see o the signs claims this is a 17mile hike, but we get it to just over 5 each way to auditorium. To hike 17 Miles would take you nearly to the forbidden summit and we really do not see how it can be 17 miles. Every measuring device we have used produces a 10-mile round trip. you can however only Hike part of the trail if you like and many people do this unintentionally as they lose the trail!


8 – Hosmer Grove Trails

  • Length – 0.5 -4.6 Miles Round Trip
  • Duration – 0.5-2.5 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
  • Elevation – + 0 – 900 ft
  • Notes – Several Trails

Hosmer Grove is not really a place to head to for a Hike, but more a stop off if you are heading to the summit for Sunrise or some other reason and don’t want to commit to the Sliding Sands Trail. While we call this the Hosmer Grove Trail we really include all the Lower Sub-Alpine Region hike in this area.

At Hosmer Grove, you have two trails, the Campground Loop Trail or the Supply Trial. The Supply trial is nice but it really serves as a link trail and at 4.6 Miles round trip is a long hike in this scrubland. The Loop trail takes in some wonderful forest habitat but at 0.6 miles is a little short, but makes a nice stop on the way down the mountain.

A little higher up the Hill is the Halemau‘u Trailhead. The First 1.1 miles of which are along Rainbow Ridge which is a fantastic hike out to an amazing Crater lookout. You can carry on the Trial down into the Crater if you like but the Look-out trail is enough for a rewarding short hike.


9 – Iao State Valley – Iao Needle

Iao Needle - Iao Valley
  • Length – 3 Miles Round Trip / 1.2 Mile Round Trip
  • Duration – 1-2 Hours / 20-30 Mins
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
  • Elevation – 900 ft
  • Notes – Secret Trail

The Official Trail is a brief but exceptionally rewarding 0.6-mile hike up rocky steps to an overlook of the wonderful Iao Needle. A prehistoric lost world looking pinnacle that has become a symbol of the island. It is a wonderful place to visit for all kinds of reasons but the hike is a little weak if you are looking for hiking opportunities.

There is a Secret Trail though that heads much deeper into the valley After hiking up to the Look-out you need to hop the fence and follow the fair trail into the valley. This is not an official trail but it is fairly heavily used and as long as you stick to the path you will be OK.

This is a pristine ecosystem to stick closely to the trail and if you become disorientated tack back to re-find the trail. At the end of the trail, you come to a small pinnacle that offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, the walls of the valley are deep an unbelievable verdant green. If you are very lucky the Wall Of Tears will be inflow. This is a sold rock wall that at times of heavy rainfall becomes covered in waterfalls. However, it is normally only a trickle.

The Hike is very rough, at times it is an all fours scramble with big drops and a barely followable path that becomes covered in deep mud. But those who persevere are seriously rewarded. A fantastic hike for those in the know!

10 – Nakalele Blowhole and Acid Warzone

Path Down to the Nakalele Blowhole
  • Length – 0.8 – 1.8 Miles Round Trip
  • Duration – 20 – 60 Mins
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Elevation – 200 ft
  • Notes – Short hike on Steep Rough Terrain to one of Hawaii biggest and best Blow Holes

The Barren and Windswept coast at the far end of West Maui is one of the highlights of this short hike that takes you down to the Nakalele Blow Hole. A large Hole is the Lava Rock that the ocean Waves Blast through when the tides and swells are right.

There are a few ways to hike to the blowhole. The most direct route is straight down the hillside. This is a very steep path and is very rough with large loose stones and rough lava rock. Less nimble folk may need to scoot on their bums and scramble on a few sections, but those of us more like mountain goats will find no issue. It is a good drop if you so stumble though!

The Other Route is via the infamous Acid Warzone Trail. This interesting trail is slighting over advertised and is simply a short path through some salt corroded lava rock. The Jets of water from the blowhole have over the years eaten into the rocks and give the impression of them being melted by acid. Hence the name. The trail is less severe and quite interesting.

We tend to head down the direct route and head back via the Acid Warzone to save the severe climb. The Blowhole itself id a wonderful place to visit. With Booming jets of water gushing out of the hole when in full flow. Even on quiet days the Hole still blows but less spectacularly than is ON days.

The Nakalele Blowhole was also the location of the famous Maui Heart Rock. This has now been destroyed by a violent winter storm and is simply no more. Heartbreaking stuff, both figuratively and literally!

11 – La Parouse Bay and Kings Highway

Kings Highway Maui
Kings Highway Maui by Kirt Edblom on CC2.0
  • Length – 1 Mile – 5.5 Round Trip (or longer!)
  • Duration – 0.5 – 3 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
  • Elevation – 0-130 ft
  • Notes – Many Trials in this area are closed.

La Parouse Bay and the Ahihi-Kinau natural area reserve are a fascinating part of the Island. Formed in the recent past by huge Lava Flows named Kalua O Lapa. These flows are recent enough that almost no vegetation has begun to grow and the flows are completely intact from source to sea. These Flows extend out into the sea creating a lava delta that is home to unique plants and animals and even ultra-rare Anachialine Pools. Unfortunately, a lot of the trails in the area have been closed in order to protect the unique environment.

There are still a couple of interesting options open however and the area as a whole is must visit. First is the short but sweet Ahihi Bay Trail. This 0.45mile out and back route starts in the wonderful Ahihi Bay, which has some incredible snorkeling and heads out along the north shore of the Lava Delta. Sweeping views down the coast and more great snorkeling await in Ahihi Cove at the end of the trail. Unfortunately, further exploration of the delts is currently prohibited.

The Kings Highway Trail starts at the southern side of the Delta at La Perouse Bay, again great snorkeling. The Kings Highway once circumnavigated the entire island but only this remnant remains superseded by highways. The trail heads out over remote and rugged lava landscapes on a rough and rocky trail. Hiking boots are recommended and the going underfoot is pretty hard work. The Trail is largely flat and takes you to a Light post with stunning views of the coast down one of the trials forks and the other longer fork arrives at Kanaio Beach, a remote and quiet cove, perfect for a cooling dip and some MORE snorkeling!

From here the King’s Highway continues for over 12 miles along the remote and inaccessible coastline. Only serious hikers able to self extradite are advised t follow the trail until it finally rejoins the Piilani Highway. The trail is not marked and becomes really hard to follow at its furthest end where you will basically be walking off-trail in the lava rock, gulches, and scrubland. Even back on the highway, you are on the BackSide of Hana beyond the reaches of Hire Cars and with only very limited traffic and probably no Cell reception. You are on your own for this one!

12 – Twin Falls

  • Length – 1.5 Miles Round Trip
  • Duration – 1 Hour
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Elevation – 300ft
  • Notes – Overrated

We include this primarily as every publication we read also recommends this hike. But we are not sure why so we added it more as a mention not a recommendation!

This is one of the most popular stops on the Road to Hana, and we have no idea why. Well actually we do, it’s one of the first and people are still a bit giddy and it’s HEAVILY advertised. Big signs luring people in and lots of parked cars and people making passes by feel compelled to stop due to Fear of Missing Out.

What you get, is disappointment. While there is nothing bad about the falls and the area, they are just overhyped. The 1.5 trail from the lower falls to the upper is ok but it’s not worth making the drive here for not worth the 1 hour out of a hectic drive to Hana. The falls themselves are ok but are poor compared to the beauties you are going to encounter on the highway, Falls you can enjoy with much less effort.

The Lower Falls and farm stand are worth a quick stop but really as far as hiking goes this is to be avoided.

13 – Wailea Beach Path

Wailea Beach Path
  • Length – 4.5 Miles Round Trip
  • Duration – 2 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Elevation – 170 ft
  • Notes – Easy Resort based Beach trail

One of the most used trails in Maui and with very good reason. This is not really a trail at all. The Beach Path is a continuous trail running the entire length of the Wailea Resort Area. So most people use the trail as a method of getting about rather than a “hike”. But the trail should not be ignored as it runs through a wonderful part of the Island. and is highly convenient for a lot of vacationers.

This is an early morning stroll or after dinner powerwalk type of trial and is all the better for it. Not every trial has to be an all-day mountain hike into the wilderness and having a continuous trail running right through the heart of such a prestigious district of the island is quite a thing. The real runs right through some of the most luxurious hotels grounds and we are sure they would have much preferred this be closed off.

So we make sure we utilize this wonderful pathway and enjoy the sunrise and sunset walks along the stunning Wailea coastline

14 – Kapalua Coastal Trail

Kapalua Bay July
  • Length – 2-3 Miles Round Trip
  • Duration – 1-2 Hours
  • Map – Google
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Elevation – 100ft
  • Notes – Easy Coastal Trail with some impressive coastline and geological features.

We are heading this as the Kapalua Coastal Trail but tend to consider both the Kapalua Coastal Trail and The Dragonas Teeth Trail as one hike, combined these are around three miles and take in some really beautiful coastline.

We find it easiest to begin the hike at the DT Flemming beach park which has plenty of parking. Otherwise, parking in the area is pretty limited. Starting at DT Flemming is going to give you the maximum hike distance as well, but as the hike is largely out and back you can make this as long or as short as you choose.

From DT Flemming hike out along the beach road to the Dragons teeth accesses path, taking you out onto the Makaluapuna Point where you will find amazing Coastal Views, a traditional labyrinth (large puzzle maze made from pebbles) and the Dragons Teeth Geological Formations. These formed when the Lava Flows met with the ocean waves and push the rock upwards into these incredible spires that resemble the teeth of a dragon.

Hike back down the point and pick up the Kapalua Coastal Trail. You can hike as far as the splendid Kapalua Bay, one of the prettiest beaches o the Island, or explore Hawea Point for more Coastal views, rock jumping, and tide pools.

It is a beautiful area and while hiking here is not really very challenging it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon exploring the area and taking in some great historical and geological sights.

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