Trail is CLOSED temporarily for repairs through 2/27/17 a sign said today when we went. It had just closed at the beginning of the year a few days ago.
So disappointed not to get to hike this one while here on Maui.
So, for now, I can only give it 1 star. Sad.
The trek through mud is so worth the amazing views along the way. Stunning to say the least. Extremely sloppy at the beginning where trail is in the shade and towards the summit - but that is right now, I've hiked it before in October and the trail was relatively dry. Walking sticks make it a lot easier to navigate through the mud. People without sticks were more often the ones who were covered in mud from falling. Good hiking shoes/boots required right now because of muddy trail condition in a places. People in hiking sandals were turning around.