Gorgeous views the entire way. Very gusty winds and no cover on the way up so wear a windbreaker/hat!!

My wife and I are visiting Maui from Denver, Colorado for our honeymoon. We are avid hikers and were pleased to find an amazing trail with some elevation gain. The views along the whole trail are breathtaking. We would definitely recommend this highly!

The hike was great with beautiful views of the whales. Our car window was smashed though and several things stolen. The officer who took the report noted that it happens there frequently. Please be warned regarding this! FREQUENT BREAK INS IN PARKING LOT!!

Great hike I would suggest good hiking shoes as the lava trail is tough

January 2018, 9AM, temp 74°f, solo hiker age 44, male, 210 lbs and 20+ yrs hiking experience.

This is a fabulous hike! Every step has breathtaking views. It was hot in January so always bring water. No issues with the parking area I just parked close to the road. My age and experience I would rate this a medium hard. Bring a hat there is no shade (which is why you have awesome views). Ankle support hiking boots if you have them there is a lot of ankle twisting potentials. A small first aid kit would be good to have because it is rocky so falls will result in a boo boo. Sun screen and a sweat rag would be good to have. There is a beach area 1/4 mile away (take a right out of the parking lot) it's a good place to soak those sore feet when your finiahed.

Great view to go uphill. Good for trail running but just be careful to your ankle ;) a lot of rocks. Bring water , very hot .

The views are nice on the way up, but otherwise a boring hike. Our car was broken into in the parking lot, so it’s best to leave nothing in your car, leave the windows down or car unlocked to avoid a broken window.

Did this hike for my Daughter’s Birthday. Sunny and beautiful views with a great breeze that saved us. Was only disappointed with the end where you are surrounded after a beautiful hike by large windmills. No distinct ending point either. Did get a great view of Haleakala from that view point.

To see the petroglyphs is really fantastic, but if you follow the posted signs you have to stay back from the cliff face and they weren’t very easy to see from that far away. But there’s a lot of beauty in the area, and if you keep going and take the trail to the top of the hill there’s an awesome panoramic view from that ridge top over the mountains, Olowalu, and out across the sea past Maalaea to Kihei.

It is a breathtaking hike in many ways. Th climb will get you but at any point when it gets to tough and your breathing heavily, just find a nice rock , sit down and enjoy that beautiful view

Nice hike. Great ocean views. Go early to beat the heat. Lava rocks are no fun coming down.

I did it in December during very inclement weather such that all the other trails on Maui were quite muddy. This is a very dry trail, usually but instead there were light sprinkles in it was likely 10° cooler than usual the winds were 40 to 50 miles an hour and, being heavy, I prefer it when the weather is cool so it was great for me. I did pass a woman who turned back because when it was raining, the rocks were quite slippery and it is a rocky trail. The view was beautiful but again on a rainy gray day. I'm quite sure the ocean would've been amazing if I had done it on a sunny day so I would certainly recommend it.

Spectacular views! Not much shade outside of clouds and the occasional tree, but it never seemed to feel to hot.

Definitely hard. But can’t beat the views.

Beautiful trail with breathtaking views. This trail really gives a different beauty to the Island, and the sudden shift in winds at the peak is amazing. The trail fills your soul with energy, but should not be rated as hard.

This is one of the most scenic trails on the island including panoramic views of the ocean as well as getting incredibly close to windmills. It's tough though, only a single tree on the entire trail to offer minimal shade. Bring a lot of water.

also no shade, i did it yesterday in the 89 * heat, on the way up, the first of five legs, a few small trees every once in a while, to shade and take a restpic.

awesome hike, very tough sob, but worth it, over lava road placed rocks path, 2.1 miles up up up, took two hours of straight up up up to get to the top. tough but worth it, coming down 1 1/2 hours. one has to be careful going up and coming down, hiking shoes a must. power windmills at the top.

6 months ago

Very cool quick stop. Once you see the small Olowalu sign to the right of a small shack (where we actually parked instead of hiking through a hot open field like the trail suggests), the petroglyphs are only about 100-200 feet ahead on the right.

Most are on the first set of rocks past a second shack while a few more are high up on the hill where signs restrict your access.

Beautiful and challenging. we started at 7:30am, and it got really hot, really fast. I would advise to start even early (like 6am).

7 months ago

The original 1.1 mile trail is basically a walk in a hot open field. The only reason this is rated 5 stars is because the real hike is much more adventurous, challenging, and rewarding.

At the end of the 1.1 mile trail, keep going and make a right at every fork in the road. Go past the gate which says "keep out private property", and follow River Rd up until you hear rushing water. when you hear water, follow the water upstream until you find what looks like either an overgrown hiking trail, or a wide bunny trail. This is the path to follow. It becomes very difficult to follow at times and will feel like trail blazing, but the route is never impassable.

Trail keeps going for 2 days and an experienced backpacker may be able to make it the way. But I suggest finding a nice rest spot along the water, taking a dip, and heading back once you've had enough wilderness.

This is the second time I've hiked this. Definitely go at the crack of dawn as it gets hot. Breathtaking views.

This trail is a moderate hike. (It would be a hard walk.). About 2 hours 45 minutes to complete, out and back. Started at 7 AM, with the ridge providing shade for the first 30 minutes or so. Sun was to my back during most of the return trip. Beautiful water views throughout and island/water views at the end.

Good half-day hike relatively close to Kaanapali resorts. I'd rate it moderate-to-hard rather than hard.

This trail is not for the faint of heart. Uphill the whole way, and that's not the worst..downhill back home is murder on your feet and knees. It is like waking a dry riverbed, lots of boulders and rocks. Wear sunscreen, there is no shade...

10 months ago

Did this hike a year ago at daybreak. Beautiful views.

Maybe we're spoiled... it wasn't a bad hike we just expected a little more vantage points. 3.5/5

Open exposure. No trees. Definitely recommend a start in the morning as it is VERY hot. Awesome home. Lots of different sized rocks and challenges along the way. Steep incline as well. About a 3 hour round trip.

Rocky. Steep. Great views! See tiny whales down in water if you are lucky during rest stops, otherwise you are watching trail to decide best path. Hike early, little to no shade & bring plenty of H2O. Started at West entrance where entry signage was poor. No gate.

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