Iao Valley "Secret" Trail [CLOSED]

HARD 25 reviews

Iao Valley "Secret" Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wailuku, Hawaii that features a river. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
905 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

scramble

washed out

closed

no dogs

Waluku Ridge trail to Waluku Cross. The trail is not maintained. It almost requires bushwhacking in some areas with high brush and the route can be muddy. The views at the end are breathtaking. Please note this is a special and historic place so please be respectful and pack away all trash and personal belongings.

hiking
24 days ago

Great views of the valley and needle with the awesome arch bridge but unable to hike the path due to overgrowth and restrictions.

Pay attention to signage, respect the lands!

hiking
25 days ago

So to get to this trail you walk to the top of the lookout and climb over a fence. That’s when the mudsliding adventure begins.

You will probably want to bring rainproof gear that fully covers your body, solid hiking shoes, and poles or sticks. We had everything but the latter and it was quite a struggle but we managed to survive by grabbing the many tree trunks just off the edge of the path. That’s possible because the trail is overgrown and unmaintained, and often rainy which makes it extremely muddy and the rocks often treacherous. It felt much longer than 2.5 miles to be honest.

The “hard” hikes on Haleakala might be long but the combination of factors above made this feel much more dangerous. There are comparatively fewer hikers going up this trail and the fact that you’re in the middle of a jungle means it’s going to be hard to get help if you’re not properly prepared and something goes wrong.

The scenery - for the most part you are in semi-dense tropical forest with some interesting trees, flowers, fruits, and birds. There are a couple of sneak peeks of the Iao Valley along the way but when you get to the end the view is stunning. It can be very cloudy however so this view isn’t really guaranteed.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail starts at the topmost lookout point for the Iao Valley Needle, just behind the fence at the sign ‘Trail is closed’. Yes, it’s technically closed but despite the sign lots of people hiked it when we where there. The trail is narrow at some parts, slick and muddy after rain but the view at the end is absolutely worth it! Shoes with a good profile are definitely helpful for the slippery parts. It took us 50min one way.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is closed. Basically it’s just a lookout area which is beautiful with nice views, but you can only really hike a little down the river off the maintained area right now and it’s muddy and slick. The “secret” trail was not accessible.

2 months ago

Wanted to go further but it was slick and the weather was unpredictable.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is technically closed right now. Out and back through forested ravine. Avoid on rainy days.

hiking
2 months ago

Just the right amount of scrambling to make this hike super fun.

3 months ago

Rainy off and on and very muddy but the views were worth the trek.

3 months ago

The description for this track states it as the Wailuku Cross ridge trail. It is not correct, as the GPS track shown is the Iao Valley Tableland trail, which starts behind the gazebo lookout point.

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