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what a great hike! incredible views! wear proper shoes!!!

incredible views along entire hike. good elevation gain, a little slippery at spots, wear good hiking shoes with tread. would not recommend to do hike in or after big rain

If you want a hike that gives you views of the ocean and coast and not terribly touristy or hard, this is it.

* Steep from the get go. Bring actual footwear with grip
* Gets windy, people lost hats and shades. I almost did
* Past the second pill box is really overgrown. Bring a machete a wear long pants.

I went to the fourth "pill box" at the 1 mile mark is tiny compared to the first 3. (#1 is by itself, 2 and 3 are together) and after that the trail is really overgrown. I saw some folks ahead of me really struggling so I turned back as I didn't have a machete, or long pants.

1 day ago

Lovely 360 views, headed here for sunrise and was still quite busy. The trail on from the pillboxes was pretty quite. It rained while we were there and the path did get pretty slippy and would recommend shoes with a fair amount of grip. Also on the way down there is a lot of small paths branching off so use all trails to get back down. It was a Saturday and there was a guy in a car just before the trail head ensuring people don’t park there but there is plenty of parking along the road further on down.

1 day ago

A stunning hike. Parking is $25 (credit card only) but that buys you a three day pass to Haleakalā National Park, including the summit. If you have a National park pass or military ID, bring it for free admission. We arrived by around 12:00 and seemed to have beaten the crowd. The lot was packed by the time we were heading out, and the trail seemed to be getting pretty congested on the way down. After passing one dry waterfall half way in, we were worried that the higher falls would be dry also. They were not. Keep going — it’s worth it.

Beautiful view. Love this trail.

Really great views!

Steep slippery trailhead. Beutjful views from the ridge.

10 days ago

Trail entrance is a bit overgrown but the rest of the trail is pretty easy to navigate. Where the road curves left (right after the road splits to alu rd), Look out for a small opening in the vegetation.
It is pretty steep so you get a good workout on the way up and have to be careful on the way down. If you go a little past the cross, you’ll get a good view of the isthmus. Took us about 90 min to get to the cross and back going at a fairly leisurely pace.

10 days ago

Short hike down to the blowhole with some fun scrambling in locations. Very unique natural attraction!

11 days ago

Fun hike with lots to see! We stopped about halfway (about a mile after the reservoir) and still saw pineapples, guava, and passion fruit! Some of the areas higher up were a bit muddy and had a bunch of mosquitoes so bug spray and hiking shoes are recommended.

11 days ago

Not sure I would qualify this as a hike. interesting little valley with some interesting history. A good quick stop on your way to/from somewhere. Warning, parking fees in effect unless you can park along the toad. before you enter the site.

My favorite trail in Maui. Reasonably challenging with outstanding views of East Maui. Hiking shoes /boots recommended, definitely not a flip flop hike.

a nice hike, lots of elevation and a killer view. if the trail gets wet it is pretty slippery on the way down so essential footware is key

Fun and quick hike!

12 days ago

Beautiful and well worth the time.

Great views of Lanikai. Highly recommend hiking the entire ridge trail instead of the short hike just to the Pill Boxes.

99% of tourists dont know about these unofficial trails. Sometimes I wonder if its better not to say anything.

The Iao Tableland Trail( aka Iao Valley Secret Trail) is behind the lookout point. You have to jump over the fence and follow a feint trail towards the backwall of the valley. At the end of this trail, you can see the wall of tears ( dry) , the surrounding mountains and a sliver of Wailuku town.
It is not an official trail.

Lookup Iao Valley ‘Secret’ Trail on alltrails. That is the trail which I am talking about and this Kapilau Trail should be renamed to that. The Kapilau Trail to the Cross is a different trail altogether.

My daughter and I are experienced but slow hikers. It took us about 7 hours to hike down the crater, out to the first cabin at Kapalaoa, and then back. The hike is easy out and hard back with the incline, but very worth it. It has amazing views and unique terrain.

14 days ago

Planed on a short hike for an hour or so but ended up completing entire trail. I have determined golf shoes were not the best choice lol!!! Great hike. Took my time. 5.5 hours start to finish. Last mile or two was mud.....not so fun! Will do again with proper shoes.

it was absolutely amazing, most of the people do only the way to the 2nd pillbox for taking selfies so that means the first part there was a lot of people... but after that the hike is totally stunning, the view is awesome and the way is funny because you have a lot of up and downs :)
take enough to drink with you i was happy that i dis that :)

15 days ago

Good hike, did it for sunrise. Well worth the early wake up call!

First class views. We did the full trail (not the out and back) in about 2h 15m including the walk back to the car (15 mins). Some steep sections at the beginning and end but “Moderate” difficulty is an appropriate classification. Limited parking. Small crowds of people at the pillboxes. If you continue on past the pillboxes (2) the trail traffic goes to nearly zero. Take enough water (liter or more). Wear and good shoes (no sandals / slippers) but cleats / spikes are not needed. There are almost no bugs on this trail and if you continue past the pillboxes there is plenty of shade cover from the canopy. Some of the best elevated vantage point ocean views on the planet. Please be respectful of the neighbors and remember basic trail etiquette: hikers going uphill have the right of way and leave no trace.


One of the best hikes in Maui! Go past the sign and go all the way to the fall! Completely worth it!

Great trail. Beautiful views. I went early and was the only person on the trail until I was part of the way back down.

Great hike on a rainy day

Nice and interesting trail through lava field. If you go to the old lighthouse, there are two pools on the way that are worth to stop and swim in them. Just go to the lighthouse and when you see small path leading to the right side, go for it and you will find them! Enjoy! :)

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