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Mahana Ridge Trail is a 10.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 10.4 mi Elevation gain 2,591 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Beach

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Over grown

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This trail is moderate to hard. Starting at D.T. Fleming beach, the trail goes along the ridge to the Maunalei Arboretum, where it connects to the Honolua Ridge trail.  Note that the maps say this hike should be 7 miles. For the most part, the trail was easily visible, though it was getting overgrown in a few spots. The hotel provides a free shutlle back to the Kapalua Village Center. However, you must make a reservation at the center to get the shuttle.  The trip down on the shuttle has spectacular views so have your camera ready. More information regarding shuttle service can be found here: https://www.kapaluara.com/docs/ShuttleServiceModifications.pdf

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Reviews (234)
Photos (285)
Recordings (176)
Completed (352)
Samantha Clark
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HikingGreat!

Loved this hike, we did about 10 miles roundtrip, lots of shade and some great views of Kapalua

Robert Young
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HikingGreat!Over grown

Great trail, most of the hike is well shaded and enjoyable, the view at the top was great. I ended up walking down through the subdivision, which I enjoyed. Would do it again, it’s been dry the last few days, and there were still some boggy spots. Would recommend only doing during dry weather.

Herb P.
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Hiking

Lose dirt often very dusty.. steep, and rocky.

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Flora Richmond
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Hiking

just did this hike. had a wonderful time looking forward to doing it again.

Aristotele Abut
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Muddy

Took 4 hours the entire hike (back and forth). Got all the way up to the lookout and had a mesmerizing sunset view. It gets muddy especially after the halfway point. Ended up hiking back at night and encountered wild pigs. Hiking at night on a muddy trail, with a cellphone flashlight being hunted by wild pigs is another story, scary yet fun. Wouldn't recommend doing that but the sunset view up by the lookout is worth it, well if u don't mind the adrenaline rush .

Dominic Stanley
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Hiking

Great trail distance make this one difficult if endurance is an issue. A few steep points but nothing you can't handle if you hike often. Dry conditions are a must. there is another loop at the top the leads to a small parking lot make sure to turn back after the last look out point unless you wanna make it 12 miles and looking for adventure, lots of arrows starting to fade on the trails where they overlap. would recommend bring water !

Megan Scurich
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RunningBugsMuddy

Echoing everyone else’s reviews about the spiders - they’re small and they work pretty fast. After I made it to the end they had already started putting their webs back up. All in all though this trail is awesome! Conditions were pretty muddy (expected tho) and the run down the stairs got a little slippery so be careful.

Jen Nocco
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Hiking

Great trail. Definitely moderate, not hard as others have mentioned. There were several trail runners and the terrain was definitely easy enough for a good run. It does get muddy is spots so would avoid after rain and wear proper hiking footwear as always. Most of the trekking is through the woods, but there were a couple of lookout points where it opened up and you could get great photos.

guy deslauriers
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longue randonnée avec peu de points de vue. bien entretenue et balisée clairement. certaines parties boueuses

Gabriel H.
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Hiking

Cooler trail! Wunderschöne Natur. Ich bin um 7.30 gestartet und hab als geübter Wanderer ca. 4 Stunden gebraucht. Immer schattig! Spinnen netze waren tatsächlich mühsam, aber es waren winzige Spinnen. Ich hab sie mit einem Stock beseitigt. Nachdem mich dann ein Läufer überholt hat war der Weg frei . Kaum Leute angetroffen. Oberes Drittel teilweise schlammig. Würde sofort wiederkommen.

Joey Mo
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RunningMuddy

If you want a killer trail for doing downhill quads bombing, this is it! I can't speak for the views since I ran at 3 AM and could only see what was in front of me with a headlamp. Trailhead is in front of the Kapalua preschool, opening up into a sloggy climb through the first section. You keep climbing past a few paved road junctions. A lot of the sections are runnable though taking judicious power hike breaks is probably smart. Higher up you hit a handful of switchbacks, then it breaks into an uphill rock stairs section (Strava says there's 182) which works up a good sweat. The nice thing is just beyond the stairs as the ground transitions to a soft grassy section, it opens up to the breeze which is absolutely heavenly. The rest is fast climbing until you break out into the junction for the Arboretum (reservoir), but I kind of chickened out since my headlamp was dying and it looked scary. Running back down is an absolute quads delight, with fast bomber lengths that are only slowed by the slippery stairs segment (it was misting, I suspect it's possible to just run down beside the stairs in good conditions). It moves insanely speedily, with mild to moderate technical terrain. Before you know it you've returned back to the trailhead! I enjoyed the downhill so much I turned around and did it again! On return to the vehicle, there was a warning left on my windshield that they recorded my plate for overnight parking and would tow next time. Oops. Super fun, would do again and probably go to the arboretum during the day.

Colter Jones
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RunningBugs

The trail was great except I turned back at mile 1.5 due to an obscene amount of spiders and webs crossing the trails. I seemed to be the first on the trail today and therefore the designated web clearer...ended my 11 mile run at 1.5. Would rather enjoy my vacation than stress about island jungle spides

Keleigh Styles
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Hiking

def. more moderate than hard. beautiful scenery the whole way.

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Stephanie Palazzolo
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HikingMuddyOver grown

You will definitely get your cardio in for this trail. I would highly recommended avoiding if there has been recent rain -as conditions were very muddy and somewhat dangerous. Tall grass at the start so make sure you have bug spray. Not much for views but very lush! Little pineapples growing were pretty neat. Overall this trail is great on a drier day.

Eric Fleming
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Hiking

Was raining and I was unprepared

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Eric Voight
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Nice trail and great solitude for Maui. Left at 7 AM and saw zero people in the way up and 10-15 on the way down. Steady climb but more moderate than hard. Despite negative comments about the views, the top had a nice scenic overlook and arboretum with incredible trees-see pictures. Great way to get away from the crowds on Maui!

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Curt Dolinsky
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HikingMuddy

Great. Only a few views at the top. Trees are so beautiful. The end was not worth it. But the trip was. It wasn’t too hard but very moderate

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Michael flatt
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took the trail today was at the most a moderate climb however I don't think we could finish it. either we missed a trail or ot ends at a concrete abutment that says no swimming. we did not complete the mapped area. we met another couple who was also baffled. just got past the reservoir. better signage would help. still was a fun 2 hour hike there and back and not too stressful.

Greg Hoole
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HikingMuddy

This is a wonderful hike. It should be rated moderate not hard. (If you want hard, go hike Okolehao on Kaua’i). From D.T. Fleming Beach Park to the Pu’u Kukui lookout it is approximately 4.8 miles (9.6 round trip). The trails is well-maintained all the way, making it a good option for trail running. It is also mostly covered by a canopy of trees, making it an ideal hike even on a warm day. We hiked the day after a rainstorm, so the first mile or so of the hike, where the clay-based dirt is hard-packed, had some slippery spots. There were also puddles and mud at several spots higher up in the trail, but nothing that slowed us down to much.

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Timothy Schwer
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HikingOver grown

*See trail recording for up-to-date trail map Many trail markers have faded and some routes have changed. Also, the shuttle from Kapalua Resort is no longer running.* Review: This is an awesome hike with a lot of gradual elevation gain. There's plenty of different kinds of birds, trees, insects, and the occasional small mammal. Lookout points dot the trail, offering views all the way up to the mountain and all the way down to the sea. There are a decent amount of side trails, though a few are out of service or unmaintained. Most of the trail has ample tree cover, which is a real blessing if you plan to do this hike on a hot day (I'd bring a LOT of water). The Honolua Ridge Trail and the Arboretum are both highlights if you can make it that far. I only met maybe 4 or 5 groups the entire length of the trail, hiking from about 7:30 to 1pm. That said, there's a few of things to be aware of. First, this trail would be a nightmare in the rain or shortly after a storm. The trail is riddled with small gullies and even in dry times there are still areas with mud. Second, parts of the trail can be very rocky and rooty--trailrunners be warned. Lastly, parts of the main trail are overgrown at this time, so those with grass allergies may want to stay away or wear long sleeves and pants. That said, this is an excellent hike. As many people have mentioned, the reservoir is a good place to stop for a light hike, but those who are able to go the distance will be amply rewarded. Happy hiking!

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Ryan Bottoms
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Hiking

Decent trail for distance and elevation on Maui’s north side. I’m not sure I would drive far to do it (many better option on the island in my opinion), but it is a peaceful trail that is mostly in the shade. The first mile has some overgrown parts, but it gets better after that with only a few small overgrown areas near the lookout. Other reviews have said it’s not scenic, but there are a couple of great viewpoints and a lot of lush forest, which works for me. I hit the trail at 5am with hopes to make the lookout by sunset, but definitely needed to move a little faster to do so. Even still I only saw one other person (a trail runner killing a 6am session) until mile 8 or so. Getting on the trail early beat the heat, the people, and provided an amazing view of the stars (pause a few miles in for the most darkness). Note that to start that early you definitely need a light source. The trail is hard-packed dirt/mud with a few rock steps, so it would definitely be slick when wet. Even after a couple of dry days there were still some muddy parts. Kapalua Resort is no longer doing a shuttle to the top, so you are stuck on the out and back trail, but it’s not a b ad way to spend 4 hours!

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Abby Grajek
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail. Very soft and runnable - more so on the way down. The trail was pretty well marked until the end, we weren’t sure which way to go since the trails changed names. Waited a few days from the rain but was still a bit muddy around 3.8 miles in. I ended up at 9.2 miles total from our turn around where we didn’t see more mahana trail signs.

Bob Wolf
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Hiking

Started at Fleming Beach. We completed about 1/2 the hike (turned back at the reservoir), partially due to loosing the trail and partially due to time constraints. To that point, the trail was well worn & more moderate than difficult. Terrain and vegetation was varied and interesting. Majority was in shade. In spite of 3 days of rain, the trail was slick but not muddy. It was a good escape trail.

Tina Paclebar
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HikingMuddy

Nice moderate incline but it was muddy. The sun really is not a factor. If you expect to find breathtaking views, don’t go on this hike. The views were not that great.

Maria Rayzvasser
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HikingBugs
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James Wilson
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Hiking

Is rate this as moderate. Great for fast moving with even terrain.

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