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Wailuku Heights Cross is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 915 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Views Wildlife No dogs
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Amber Langdon
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Michael Mazursky
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Definitely a steep trail, especially in the beginning. Really rewarding view of the coastline at the top! Make sure to wear proper shoes.

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Alison Bach
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Very steep. Need good shoes

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Chris Carlsson
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steep hike that is easy to follow . would be more interesting but is gated about ¼ mile past the cross.

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Flora Richmond
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go early gets hot. Beautiful view of Wailuku and Kahului some if south Shore.

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Rory Austin
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Fun trail but VERY steep!

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Mathew Simons
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Fat guy advice ~ What goes up must come down.... Hike is basically straight up the side of a mountain obviously. There are no switch backs or shortcuts, just up. Beautiful views on the way up and at the cross. The way down is torture on the knees.... I’m a big dude (6’1, 300lbs) and this was not pleasant on the knees at all. If raining or wet at all I would not do this trail. All in all it’s a pretty short hike, but still took me like an hour as I was gasping for air on the way up and praying I don’t slip on the way down. Have fun!!!!! Or not.... ;)

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Jeffrey Faux
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We really enjoyed this short and fairly steep hike. It was easy to get to and we found parking around the curve just passed the trail head. The trail was a little slick from previous rain. We used hiking poles and had no problem. There are three or four spots with really nice views of the Iao Valley and East Maui. It’s very quiet and still underneath the canopy on the way up. We didn’t need sunscreen until the top. The trail continues on after the cross. We didn’t venture too far past as we weren’t prepared for a longer hike. I recommend this hike though

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Mike Prince
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Short steep hike! Park at the church about 0.5 miles down the road and then walk up to the start of the hike. Took a bit over an hour round trip. Legs are definitely feeling it.

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Hector Samuel
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Bring good hiking shoes, and bottle water. Need to be hydrated.

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Eric Choi
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Trail is hard to find from the road, but it’s just right of the telephone pole (see uploaded picture). The directions from AllTrails is right, you just have to trust it. Seems like there’s some disagreement on whether the trail is moderate or difficult. While it’s not a long hike, it’s definitely steep. It’s harder than I expected for such a short distance. That being said, I’m glad we decided to take the time. Most of the hike doesn’t have a view, but once you get to the top you get a view of the ocean and it’s worth it. Be careful on your way down, it’s steep and slippery.

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George Gammon
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I hiked this trail today with my wife we started at 11:15 in the morning. The weather was humid and the temperature was 90 to 100° throughout the hike. The entry is located at the north end of the guard rail and it’s a little bit hard to find. As you enter the trail it is immediately steep. There are roots which you can use as steps but as you get into the trail you will start to hike on a thick carpet of Pineneedles which get pretty slippery especially coming down. The trail is vague at a couple points and we got off course once forcing us to backtrack a bit. Use your gps to stay on trail. We took numerous breaks on this hike due to the humidity sucking the fluids out of us. At the end of the hike our clothes were soaked. Take lots of water. At the cross the view is beautiful! Continue past the cross and hike to the fence. That view is spectacular too! On this hike as we got near the top there was a fruit growing wild which were dropping to the ground. They smelled sweet like a glass of port. Many of them were fermenting on the ground. The hike down was a bit treacherous even though we wore hiking boots. I swear the roots that helped me going up came alive and tried to trip me a couple times going down. If there is a hint of rain I would not do this hike. Trails lists this hike as 900’, but if you continue past the cross to the fence our gps showed a climb of 1150’. I would rate this hike a high moderate. We definitely got a great workout. Enjoy!

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Nicola G
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Great views at the end. Almost no views during. Very slippery and a stair climber!

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Brian Welter
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Fun little hike...imagine 30 minutes straight on a slippery stair climber. Interesting vegetation and quality views at the top. It is quite slippery in some sections, even when dry, due to all the pine(?) needles blanketing the floor.

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Brielle Jaglowski
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A little hard to follow at first with all the pine needles/leaves but otherwise solid, steep trail. Fun climb. Careful not to slip on the way down! Luckily haven’t gotten much rain lately so not muddy at all. Park in town about 10 min from trailhead and took me 1hr30 min from my car, up to the fence, and then back down again. Cross was bigger than I expected! Would recommend.

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Marc Nicolosi
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Great views on a mostly clear day! Great workout hike too. Go on a dry day

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Michael Pistone
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Tough trail with a very steep incline. It should be rated hard. Absolutely beautiful views at the top. Be careful if it has rained recently, I would stay away.

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Jason Harty
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Great challenge for the occasional hiker! Went Day after big rain storm and it was a little slippery but nothing hiking shoes can’t handle. First 3/4 to the cross was consistently an aggressive incline. Last 1/4 to the cross flattened out and was able to run most of it. After the cross trail is very narrow and brush covered, mild incline able to move quickly through it. Definitely worth making it to the fence at the end of the trail. Only an additional few minutes to it. Incredible views, excellent spot to send a drone up if you bring one. On the way down I was able to run about 1/2 the total hike until it got a bit to slippery for a fast pace. This isn’t a very long hike but is absolutely worth doing. Started at 7:30a, spent 30+ mins at top flying the drone, at the bottom by 10:00a. Parking is not available directly at the trail start, I parked 3/4mi. Down the road at a church. This address will give you where to park: 2499-2287 Main St, Wailuku, HI 96793. Enjoy!

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Tyler S.
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slippery and steep, but worth it. great views in beautiful nature setting.

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Crooked Constantine Clamatoff
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Some reviewers here seem overly agitated about the difficulty of this hike. It’s pretty steep, but not 60 degrees (obviously). It can be muddy in the rain, so maybe don’t do it on a really wet day. Anyway - the hike is beautiful, somewhat challenging and has a great payoff. Keep going until you reach the fence. Don’t stop at the cross, don’t stop at where you see some thick brush, go all the way to the metal fence for maximum views - you didn’t do all this work for nothing. Cheers and enjoy :-)

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Lauri S
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Views are fantastic!! Go beyond white cross the the fence (yes, it’s there, keep going) you won’t regret it. The hike up is a killer (hubby and I are pretty good hikers...hubby called it “stair master 4,000”) and way down goes fast (though we had no rain to deal with or it would have been dangerously slippery). If you want a good workout, this does the trick for sure. We parked just past the almost hidden entrance, up on the grassy part of the right hand side of the road and had no issues.

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Karen Wang
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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.

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Nicholas Swoboda
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The trail head is difficult to see. It's just off to the side of the road where it is marked on the map. Park either below near the construction site or park off the left hand side of the road just above the beginning of the trail. Trail leads to a white cross but don't stop there continue on to see a view of the coast and valley below. Trail ends at a chain link fence which prevents you from going into the west maui forest reserve. Trail is small and extremely slippery if wet. Can be steep as well. View points are awesome. Took us about 90 minutes with great conditions. Not advisable for people with bad knees, or have unsure footing seeing as the entire trail is going over roots uphill/downhill. Overall good hike to start early, as with any hike in Maui, good views past the cross.

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Natalie Paige
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I really enjoyed this hike. It’s straight uphill, but the scenery and plants are beautiful all the way up. Maybe I missed something, but it didn’t seem to be a loop, just up and back. I’ll do it all over again if I get a chance!

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Joseph Domeier
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Looking for a good workout with some beautiful views as a reward? This is your hike. Great cardio hike. I felt the hike up was safer, but much harder physically. The hike down was a bit dicey as there were many dead leaves and small sticks on the steep trail. You tended to slide as you descended. I wouldn’t hike this trail in the rain.

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Gina Butala
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Great trail. The trailhead is right at the turn in the road and is not marked. Park before the turn uphill near the construction site. The first half of the trial is straight up hill. It is quite the workout but really shaded and the view is amazing when you get to the top. The trail ends at the Maui preserve and there is no entrance allowed as there is a fence protecting the park.

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Steven McCurdy
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It was refreshingly simple, yet extremely scenic!!! With stunning views of Lao Valley and Kahului Bay, I'll be sure to go frequently: at one point, you can even see the opposing bays of Kahului & Kihei. A must see

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Jack McFadden
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Leif Sjostrand
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