Lahaina Pali Trail from the Ukumehame (West) Trailhead

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Lahaina Pali Trail from the Ukumehame (West) Trailhead is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near Wailuku, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1574 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

rocky

no shade

hiking
24 days ago

Yesterday we took this hike and the weather was great overcast with a nice breeze. This is definitely not for beginners as the trail changes quite often from rocky narrow paths to areas with switch backs and narrow paths on the side of the mountain. We made the uphill assent in an hour and a half with very few stops other than photo stops and water stops. We would recommend this to the avid hacker and to those that want a challenge as we consider ourselves intermediate hikers that enjoy the occasional experience of a true challenge. Now the descent was another thing this is where we may have underestimated the difficulty of this hike the loose rock and constant down hill was very challenging for us and took as long as the assent with more stops and a few miss steps that had we not been in good shape could have been bad. Over all a great!!!! Hike and would do again.

1 month ago

My wife and I are in pretty good shape and mid 50 in age. This was a great hike and we got a great workout in! We did this hike 4-14-18 and it was cloudy and breezy so the weather was perfect and not overly hot. We had liking sticks and hiking shoes which we thought were a big plus. The trail is well maintained but a lot of rocks to deal with; old lava flows through the gulch. When we started out on the trail, we missed the three arrows stating “ go left” so we did an extra .2 mile there and .2 back once we got to a fence. Not sure how we missed it. It is really cool getting to the wind turbines. Very breezy and a cool humming noise. Reminded me of the movie Contact. We saw young couples with tennis shoes and even a 7 year old girl that did the trail. I just think it is rated hard because some of the trail is rocky and it is quite an incline. Give yourself 3.5 hours up and back at a minimum. Loved this trail !!

1 month ago

Hot, rocky and challenging but great views after the first half mile. Also interesting to see the power generating windmills up close. Pick a cloudy but not rainy day or go very early. Also, bring your trekking poles as much of this trail involves climbing over small boulders in the trail.

1 month ago

Great views after the first half mile. Challenging trail because it is hot and the trail is really filled with small rocks and boulders. Many sections felt more like bouldering than walking. But, anything worthwhile requires effort and the views are spectacular and location convenient!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views the entire way. Very gusty winds and no cover on the way up so wear a windbreaker/hat!!

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I are visiting Maui from Denver, Colorado for our honeymoon. We are avid hikers and were pleased to find an amazing trail with some elevation gain. The views along the whole trail are breathtaking. We would definitely recommend this highly!

hiking
3 months ago

The hike was great with beautiful views of the whales. Our car window was smashed though and several things stolen. The officer who took the report noted that it happens there frequently. Please be warned regarding this! FREQUENT BREAK INS IN PARKING LOT!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike I would suggest good hiking shoes as the lava trail is tough

hiking
4 months ago

January 2018, 9AM, temp 74°f, solo hiker age 44, male, 210 lbs and 20+ yrs hiking experience.

This is a fabulous hike! Every step has breathtaking views. It was hot in January so always bring water. No issues with the parking area I just parked close to the road. My age and experience I would rate this a medium hard. Bring a hat there is no shade (which is why you have awesome views). Ankle support hiking boots if you have them there is a lot of ankle twisting potentials. A small first aid kit would be good to have because it is rocky so falls will result in a boo boo. Sun screen and a sweat rag would be good to have. There is a beach area 1/4 mile away (take a right out of the parking lot) it's a good place to soak those sore feet when your finiahed.

4 months ago

Great view to go uphill. Good for trail running but just be careful to your ankle ;) a lot of rocks. Bring water , very hot .

hiking
4 months ago

The views are nice on the way up, but otherwise a boring hike. Our car was broken into in the parking lot, so it’s best to leave nothing in your car, leave the windows down or car unlocked to avoid a broken window.

4 months ago

Did this hike for my Daughter’s Birthday. Sunny and beautiful views with a great breeze that saved us. Was only disappointed with the end where you are surrounded after a beautiful hike by large windmills. No distinct ending point either. Did get a great view of Haleakala from that view point.

hiking
4 months ago

It is a breathtaking hike in many ways. Th climb will get you but at any point when it gets to tough and your breathing heavily, just find a nice rock , sit down and enjoy that beautiful view

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike. Great ocean views. Go early to beat the heat. Lava rocks are no fun coming down.

5 months ago

I did it in December during very inclement weather such that all the other trails on Maui were quite muddy. This is a very dry trail, usually but instead there were light sprinkles in it was likely 10° cooler than usual the winds were 40 to 50 miles an hour and, being heavy, I prefer it when the weather is cool so it was great for me. I did pass a woman who turned back because when it was raining, the rocks were quite slippery and it is a rocky trail. The view was beautiful but again on a rainy gray day. I'm quite sure the ocean would've been amazing if I had done it on a sunny day so I would certainly recommend it.

hiking
6 months ago

Spectacular views! Not much shade outside of clouds and the occasional tree, but it never seemed to feel to hot.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely hard. But can’t beat the views.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail with breathtaking views. This trail really gives a different beauty to the Island, and the sudden shift in winds at the peak is amazing. The trail fills your soul with energy, but should not be rated as hard.

7 months ago

This is one of the most scenic trails on the island including panoramic views of the ocean as well as getting incredibly close to windmills. It's tough though, only a single tree on the entire trail to offer minimal shade. Bring a lot of water.

hiking
7 months ago

also no shade, i did it yesterday in the 89 * heat, on the way up, the first of five legs, a few small trees every once in a while, to shade and take a restpic.

hiking
7 months ago

awesome hike, very tough sob, but worth it, over lava road placed rocks path, 2.1 miles up up up, took two hours of straight up up up to get to the top. tough but worth it, coming down 1 1/2 hours. one has to be careful going up and coming down, hiking shoes a must. power windmills at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful and challenging. we started at 7:30am, and it got really hot, really fast. I would advise to start even early (like 6am).

hiking
9 months ago

This is the second time I've hiked this. Definitely go at the crack of dawn as it gets hot. Breathtaking views.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is a moderate hike. (It would be a hard walk.). About 2 hours 45 minutes to complete, out and back. Started at 7 AM, with the ridge providing shade for the first 30 minutes or so. Sun was to my back during most of the return trip. Beautiful water views throughout and island/water views at the end.

10 months ago

Good half-day hike relatively close to Kaanapali resorts. I'd rate it moderate-to-hard rather than hard.

11 months ago

This trail is not for the faint of heart. Uphill the whole way, and that's not the worst..downhill back home is murder on your feet and knees. It is like waking a dry riverbed, lots of boulders and rocks. Wear sunscreen, there is no shade...

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Did this hike a year ago at daybreak. Beautiful views.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Maybe we're spoiled... it wasn't a bad hike we just expected a little more vantage points. 3.5/5

Monday, March 27, 2017

Open exposure. No trees. Definitely recommend a start in the morning as it is VERY hot. Awesome home. Lots of different sized rocks and challenges along the way. Steep incline as well. About a 3 hour round trip.

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