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Lahaina Pali Trail from Maalaea is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,407 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wildlife Rocky
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Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290

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Evelyn Taylor-McGregor
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This is not a good hike. Compared to other hikes you can do on Maui, this should be at the bottom of your list! Some info/suggestions about this hike if you want to do it anyway: - I’ve done it from both trailheads and would recommend going up from the one closer to Lahaina and then down that one too. The trail closer to Wailuku has nothing to recommend it as the trail is worse, the view is worse, and I think it’s also longer. - As others have said, it’s very hot (zero shade) and steep so keep that in mind and maybe go early in the morning (though I’ve gone midday and it was fine). - The windmills are pretty cool though.

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Donald Simonds
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Nice trail for views and heat. Difficult and steep.

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Ada Leigh
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Started at 6am and it was perfect!

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Delmar Dominno
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Karissa Duff
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Omg.. My feet hurt. The trail is basically all rocks, well marked, but rocks and straight up hill. You got a great view of the landscape, ocean and windmills, but I have hiked better. Rich in history though I couldn’t imagine doing this to get across town.

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Paul Gallagher
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Megan Gebhard
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Wendy Hudson
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Start from the Maalaea side. Drop a car at the trailhead on the Lahaina side, drive back to the Maalaea side trailhead- go through the gate, up the left side of the road, veer left and park in the gravel lot at the real trailhead. It took about 2 hours to reach the windmill line and then we stopped about a half hour later to snack for about 30 minutes. From there it took another 30 minutes to reach the Lahaina trailhead. We were all pretty fit but it basically is uphill for the first 2 hours. Pack water and I highly recommend walking sticks. It’s beautiful and worth it!

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Kelsey Raftis
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More like 5 miles! A good workout. Definitely a morning hike as there is no shade. Bring good shoes- very rocky

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Simon Lenz
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Olivia Furer
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Not quite sure why this one is rated as hard. I’m 5 months pregnant and had no issues at all. It’s definitely a climb to the top but nothing a moderately in shape person can’t do easily. It was a perfect little jaunt for my husband and I to do to get our legs moving the day before we head home on a long flight, but nothing super spectacular. Very windy! Go out early before it gets too warm.

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Seijen Takamura
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Very very rocky with some tough footing in places. Wear sturdy shoes. Downhill is more challenging than uphill from a footing standpoint. Did this as a trail run and struggled not to turn ankles on the way down. That said, beautiful view from the top. And fun and challenging overall!

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Aurora Fife
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Interesting trail compared to the tropical Waile’e Ridge Trail we did the other day. Fairly exposed trail at least for the first half of it since that’s all we were able to do before turning around due to the rain and partial hail dump. Made it to the ridge line and the windmills which were awesome and had a very pretty 360 view. At the top it was sunny and blue skies for all of 10 minutes then it started to downpour. Super muddy and slick coming down so be careful! Had to scramble in a few areas since the incline is fairly steep.

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Kelly McDermott
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Sunrise is underwhelming after seeing it on Heleakala. Do this trail once to check out the windmills, but there isn't much more to it.

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Frankie Urias
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ok first off this hike was hard if you are just beginning. moderate if you hike on the regular. started this @6 am before the sun came up it does get hot there is no shade and it's is all dry right now due the the resent fire's. started from maalea side it's is a good hike with some steep parts. wear comfortable hiking boots and we used trekking poles due to the rough terrain. I would recommend at least 3 leiters of water and the least due to the humidity.there are beautiful views of Maui and the sunrise is awesome..once at the windmils you can see the ocean and whales if you go at the right time of year..the poli side is way more Rocky be careful not to turn a ankle.the whole hike took about 4hours with stops along the way. and a 30min lunch break at the top..hiked this with our scouts troop my done being the youngest@11 years old..not too dangerous at All just steep and rough and dry..I would recommend this for any ones..

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Michael JPhoto
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Awesome trail, very windy at the top for beginners I can see the trail being slightly difficult as rocks can be very loose and incline is quickly increased but if you hike often it’s pretty darn easy, I was able to do 7 miles in 1:45 it’s super windy at the top be careful!

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Bridgett Miller
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Steve Riddle
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Beautiful views of the ocean. Bring a lot of water, no shade. Flat and jagged lava rock trail. This part of the island is in the high 80’s-low 90’s. Try to go early. Right off the highway and park in front of gate. You can open gate and park close to beginning of trail recommend 4X4. 1/4 mile difference

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