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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.
We hiked from the Maalaea side to the wind turbines and back after starting at the highway, not the parking lot. The terrain is incredibly rugged and very steep on this side of the ridge; we had to stop several times to catch our breath. What's more, the wind was intense, bordering on brutal at times as we got closer to the top. There is no real cover out here, so be mindful of your sun exposure, as well as the sand in the wind.
Once you pass the first mile or so, the trail becomes much more manageable as you approach the turbines. At the top of the ridge, the views are great! Unfortunately, the wind was easily blowing 60+ mph the day we were there which made enjoying the view rather difficult.
The way down is easy as cake until you get to the insanely rocky section, which can be very hard on your feet and ankles as you try to find your footing on the rough rocks. This hike will make even an experienced hiker sore. All in all, I liked it, but it was a little tougher than I expected.
Great trail, well marked, amazing views. This trail is definitely "moderate" so don't be intimidated by other reviews that say differently. If it has rained, yes there will be some mud in the first half mile and then some again before the summit. Bring your camera!
This trail had awesome views. There was only one waterfall with a small amount of water running but the mountains were beautiful. The trail is a calf burner with a steep incline the first half mile and between mile marker 1 and 1.5. It gets pretty muddy between the first quarter mile and the 1 mile marker. I recommend going past the mile marker to see some spectacular views of the island and ocean. I would rate this trail slightly harder then moderate.
Great trail. Maybe it's the time of year, but I wouldn't rate it as moderate. It was wet, muddy, and slippery. At one point the mud was so deep, it stole my shoe. It wasn't insanely hard, I'd call it challenging.
A lot of elevation gain in a short distance, combined with outstanding views, makes this one of my favorite hikes in Hawaii.
Honestly, once you reach the middle and you can see the waterfalls off in the distance - it's worth it. There really is no need to go further. Maybe if you were going in the AM for sunrise, it would certainly be worth the view.
The hike is very muddy - so there are walking sticks at the second gate. Return them on your way back.
We hiked it with our son (21lbs 7 month old) in a carrier. You can take a baby, but unless your kid is over 5 - I wouldn't suggest letting them walk that, as it is slightly challenging.
The decent is hard on your knees if you have knee issues -so be mindful of that.
Other than that, it was pretty! Hot, but pretty. As I said though, going up the entire way isn't worth it unless your going for sunrise.