Explore the most popular Parks in Maui with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Did this on 10/12/19, started at 1pm to try to finish in time for sunset. I started too late—it took me 6 hours with quite a few stops and detours (I have hiker’s ADD haha). I did it counter-clockwise. -IMPORTANT: if you have just one car, park at the end point and hitchhike UP the mountain to start. I did it reverse—parked at the top and tried to hitchhike up at the end, but since it was 7pm when I finished, no one was heading up. I got lucky and snagged a ride with a park ranger before I did something dumb like walking up that narrow road at night. -I wore pants but never needed a jacket, even when I finished the last hour with the sun down. It was windy the whole time, but temperature-wise, it was perfect -Like others have said, the hike is easy (downhill or flat) most of the way, except for the final moderate switchback climb at the end. I wouldn’t rate this hike as “hard”—the hardest part is the length. -Do bring plenty of sunscreen -Views are incredible, and starting in rocky/sandy lava desert and finishing in a jungle-ish setting was very cool -Several people were seen backpacking to the further east parts of the crater, I’d love to do that if I ever return. So much to see down there!

Beautiful hike! Finally a hike where it is good to be alone with nature. No tourist looking at all costs The most beautiful picture to put on their Facebook. An appointment in the middle of the valley and mountains. Impressive to be in the center of the mountains and to have no reference !!!

hiking
private property
2 days ago

Nothing special although you might think otherwise due to the crowds. Upper part doesn’t open till 08:00..... Quickly moving on.

Beautiful drive. Be careful of drivers who do not respect the one lane/narrow areas of the road where you must take turns. Hamoa Beach is a gorgeous place to swim and relax

mountain biking
blowdown
muddy
no shade
over grown
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Absolutely love this trail! It’s been my favorite on all the islands so far. Well maintained! There’s a lookout of the valley with a beautiful river running through and it’s one of the most beautiful peaceful things you will ever see! The top is cool too as youre in the clouds, can’t see much but it’s an interesting feeling. Highly recommend!!

Nice, but the last part is brutal in the sun! As for snorkelling at the end, check the conditions, yesterday the wind was strong so big waves and strong undertow. No snorkelling conditions.

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hiking
no shade
3 days ago

We hiked from the parking lot to the summit then down sliding sands all the way to the Kapalaoa Cabin (farther than the listed trail.) We didn’t really see anyone after the first couple of miles from the parking lot and were completely alone in the crater. As others said, there is no shade and no water (including at the cabin). Take care that you have the energy to hike out. We had a blue bird day and the trail is in good shape. We also ventured out to the side trail around an indent part way down. All in we did just over 14 miles.

Good morning adventure and workout, however, due to a recent fire it’s like a moonscape out there. Mahalo!

While this trail is rated easy, a 5 mile walk in loose lava takes its toll on the body. It is an interesting area to visit, but I would not do the hike again. Basically, you are walking through field of lava with not much to look at and no shade. At the turnaround point, we did see some mountain goats!

nice hike, mostly flat with boardwalks and several sections of modest incline. not too rocky. little bit of mud. giant banyan tree, loved the bamboo forest (great photo ops) and the waterfalls were nice too. at the end of the trail, there are signs saying no entry. falling rocks might cause serious injury... however if you dare, you can continue further to be at the base of the waimoku waterfall and even take a swim if you like. we were there essentially alone for about 15 minutes before we saw another couple. bring sunscreen and insect repellant. be aware that bamboo forest can get quite dark especially later in the day.

Nice boardwalk and a little crowded but as good as it can be with limited space and older hotel locations

Others were going all the way to the falls so we followed and it was worth it. The viewing deck at the end is about 200ft off the falls; it’s beautiful, but walking up to it is breathe taking. Very nice and easy hike!

Great hike. Views were amazing.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
6 days ago

A fantastic hike! As others have mentioned, once you take the short walk up to the hut, crawl over the fence on the right side and proceed. Take your time, stop and turn around and take in your surroundings! Great views of the Iao Needle. Hike up took us about 1.5 hours with the end being totally worth it. The views from the top are beautiful. Need backpack, water, bug spray, camera, hat. Some parts of the hike, especially at the end, can be challenging, need good shoes. Enjoy!

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

Beautiful hike. Very tricky return given both mid and Rocks. Recommend hiking boots!

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