Iao Needle Trail

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Iao Needle Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wailuku, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

0.4 miles
114 feet

kid friendly


nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

1 month ago

Beautiful! Not a hike however!

2 months ago

Nice views, but the trails I came here for are closed off due to storm damage in 2016. Looks like there are people working there, perhaps to try to fix it, but they gave no estimate of when trails would reopen.

2 months ago

I believe the 'secret' hike they are talking about is the Iao Tableland Trail. One has to hop over the railings at the gazebo point, and follow a feint trail to the back wall of Iao. From there you have a spectacular 360 view of Iao valley and towards Wailuku.


2 months ago

Not much of a hike, just walk way and stairs. The view of the needle and surrounding canyon walls is amazing though, especially later in the day when the sun is going down behind the mountain walls.

3 months ago

Quick crowdy trail. Nice view.

3 months ago

It’s not much of a hike - really just climbing a few flights of stairs to a lookout point of the Needle. However, the land is beautiful. Mark Twain once called it “the Yosemite of the Pacific”.

3 months ago

Short walk to viewpoint. Do the secret trail instead.

3 months ago

nice easy walking

4 months ago

This trail is closed, along with all the other trails in Iao Valley State Park. Tried to hike it earlier today and it was blocked off. The park website doesn’t say anything about these trails being closed.

5 months ago

Easy walk on steps to views of the needle and the gorgeous valley. A world landmark to share with all the ooh and ahh visitors. Was closed for more than a year after floods. Reopened Nov 22nd '17. The outer loop is still closed.

7 months ago

Beautiful places to swim in the river as well.

7 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike. We got some great pictures at Hugging tree. Does anyone know why it's currently closed? It's been a few years since I did this one.

explored across the bridge off trail, lots of beautiful side trails.

9 months ago

This is more like a ramble through the woods. I spent a half hour here just walking around and exploring down by the river. Beautiful, but not much to do. It cost $5 to park unless you're a resident of Maui. The trail re-opened Aug. 5, 2017 from a massive flood that wiped away part of the walking path.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Guava!! Everywhere Guava!

Monday, December 12, 2016

closed :(

Monday, December 05, 2016

trail closed.... :(

Friday, October 28, 2016

Trail is Closed - due to mud slides.
October 2016

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Not really a hiking trail - a nice walk. A true tourist destination.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Easy short hike, beautiful view

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Definitely go past the railing at the end, but wear real shoes (not flip flops.)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fantastic hike! ... if you take the "secret trail". has to be some of the best scenery I've seen!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Continued hiking on dirt path beyond view of needle. Great views

Thursday, June 09, 2016

One of my favorite places anywhere. There's some great trails and swimming here that are unmarked and some fun..I suppose you'd call it scrambling if you get far back in the valley and cross the stream. Mostly locals when you get in the back. BE nice and respectful to everyone and everything there and you'll be fine. Very beautiful. It always reminded me of Jurassic Park.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Beautiful - not really a hike but s do not miss if you're on this side of Maui. Bring swim suit!

nature trips
Monday, May 16, 2016

beautiful view. yet i would call it more of a wall then a hike :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Beautiful, tropical and lush. Main setback is the parking situation.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Quick simple tourist trail that makes you wonder where the dinosaurs are. Bring something to swim in because you will want to splash around in pools in the Iao Stream.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A nice easy walk with beautiful scenery

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Beautiful scenery, but hardly a hiking trail. Everything is paved with railings. This area is more of a scenic stop.

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