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Lahaina Pali Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,564 ft Route type Point to Point
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wildlife
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Directions from Wailuku: Both trail heads are accessible from Honoapiilani Highway (30). The eastern trail head lies 2.5 miles south of Wailuku Town via an unimproved road adjacent to the junction of Kuihelani Highway (380) and Kihei Road (31). Hikers should arrange to be dropped at the end of the un-improved road as there are no parking facilities and the land is privately owned. The western trail head lies 10 miles south of Lahaina and 3 miles west of Maalaea Harbor. The parking area is accessible from Highway 30 at Manawaipueo Gulch about 0.25 mile north of the Pali tunnel.

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Joao Vilar
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The trail is very rocky and I advise to take hiking boots or hard soles shoes. No shadows on the way, meaning if you do it in a sunny day you will feel the heat! View at the top with the wind turbines is very beautiful.

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Shannon Kilpatrick
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Hiking

It was a difficult trail full of beautiful views. I would caution one to pay attention to the wind conditions and time of day. The trail is tasking to a novice trail goer like myself. The wind gusts on top of the lava rock with steep grades made it difficult to traverse. I'm glad I did it, but I might have to be coaxed to do the entire trail again.

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Brian Murphy
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Hiking

Sunrise views are excellent. Started on Lahaina side at 4:45am to reach windmills just ahead of sunrise

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Rahul Devanarayanan
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Hiking

Gorgeous. Hot. You’re not supposed to but *in theory* (ie I didn’t tell you to) it sounds very cool to stand underneath the giant wind turbines at the peak.

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C. Matt Danzeisen
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great view all the way up. Pretty rocky and slow going - gets quite hot the later it gets.

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Mathew Simons
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

Fat guy advice ~ It’s HOT, suuuuper rocky and if the wind ain’t blowing you’re screwed. I went up Maalaea side to Lahaina side and had someone pick me up. It’s a tough up hill for the first mile or so then I goes gradual and isn’t that bad. Windmills are cool, amazing how big they are and the views are awesome. It’s a nice reward at the top. Coming down just sucked, almost tweaked my ankle a dozen times. Rocks are loose and dirt is slippery. I got them weak twistable ankles to begin with so going down took longer. I’ll probably never do this one again, my feet hurt and am fried with sunscreen on.

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Kelly Smoqueen
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Hiking

The views are heavenly. It does get very hot midday so I always started this hike by 5:30AM. It’s so beautiful at the top you just have to stop and take some time to slow down and enjoy it. Rocky in some places but overall I found this hike to be easy.

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Heather Van Galder
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HikingNo shade

Great choice for a rainy/cold day! The beginning is basically a stair master for 1.25 miles facing the sun. It took us 3 hours up and back and was a great workout. At one point a whale swam into the bay below us and all you could hear was it’s breathing. I’ve hiked all over Maui and this was one of my favorites. But it would be too much exposure on a sunny day.

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Gary Elster
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HikingRocky

warm am in Maui. needed earlier start

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Joey Mo
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Running

Started east side off the highway, had to kill an hour while the fam was at the pineapple plantation. I parked off the highway but you can push the gate open and head to the trailhead about 250 yds in. Note for train runners, THIS IS A POWER HIKE for the first while, it's very rocky and hard to pick up speed. It opens up at a 3.5 marker (not sure what it was marking, my watch showed 2k in) and has more runnable terrain but is otherwise slow until then. Had to turn around about 35 min in to pick up the kids, but all that hiking was crazy worth it because you are treated to a super technical downhill bomb fest! I had so much fun on the way down, you can pick up some serious downhill training with quads destroying pleasure if you have good ankles and foot placement. Great way to kill some time! Funnest climb in Maui I've done so far!

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Kimberly Schmitendorf
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HikingRocky

2 hours to the top in the dark. Sunrise was beautiful. Another 1.5 hours to get to the bottom. Beautiful scenery and sunrise!! Need a foot massage now, haha.

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Dan Theman
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HikingNo shade

Rocky and technical hike, with a easy flat section at the top. Great views all around. Some shade available if starting early on the west side of trail.

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Keleigh Styles
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

SO WINDY. can make the hike pretty treacherous at times. great challenge with some flat spots here and there. awesome views. highly recommend. not for the beginer hiker.

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Jonathan Hesener
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Katie Mejchar
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HikingRocky

Hike was very rocky. I definitely recommend hiking boots for anyone that goes! Definitely did a number to my knees on the way down. But views from the top were great and it was a fun but challenging hike!

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John Ward
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HikingRocky
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Veronica Montague
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Nice ocean views, but I spent a lot more time looking at my feet. Rather barren landscape and a rough trail.

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Brian Farrer
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RunningNo shadeRocky

This was a fun trail. It’s a point to point trail so I just ran up to the ridge then went back the same way since I didn’t have a shuttle to pick me up at the end point. Good elevation climb in 2.5 miles and much more technical than I was expecting. Great run. A big fire broke out only 2 hours after I finished running. If you’re planning on hiking this within the week I am assuming it will be closed due to the fire.

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John B
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RunningNo shadeRockyScramble

Ran this at sunrise there and back in about 2 hours. Tough to get any real speed in as most of it is climbing rocks or descending some very technical ones. No shortage of good views. Clocked in just shy of 3k ft total elevation. If you need some extra miles you can run along the road at the East entrance. This trail will zap your energy for sure but really pretty and good when done early.

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James Reynolds
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Running

For casual hikers it’s definitely kinda hard but for experienced ones it’s a great trail with great views. I ran to Lahaina and back and it was rough, my gps said 5,000ft of elevation in 10 miles but if you like that stuff it’s perfect for those who want to push themselves. Mostly rock hopping but there was some super fun single track in between. 5 stars all day.

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