Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kihei, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
344 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

closed

This trail can be started from any point in the parking lot, but the trail really begins near the northeast end, on the beach. Hike up the ridge to the top, around the center, and down the backside. On the back side is "Little Beach." This hike is a cinder cone which is part of the long-dorment Haleakala Volcano system. It's not unusual to see a herd of deer at the base of the hill. There are also a few homeless people camping out, but they are few and they are friendly. The top is windy in a few places, but most of the hike has trees to shield you. The back side is far less traveled and requires a little more dexterity to manage the descent. This is no longer a marked trail in the state of Hawaii, on the island of Maui. You are allowed to hike it IF you can find the trail, but be prepared for an unmaintained trail.

birding
16 days ago

Tough trail around the hill. Not an easy go up and down and thin in the tougher areas. Must have good boots and pants or you will get torn up.

1 month ago

Definately not a maintained trail on the beach side for which we came up. The best way to access the top is to take the dirt road about 1/4 mile to the north of the main park entrance road. Park in the small lot by the ocean. Walk back on the road about 100-300 ft or so and access a fairly good trail and keep heading up. It is no longer a loop trail and the ocean side us steep if you decide to complete the loop. Bring your machete! Otherwise just hike in and out from the dirt road.

hiking
3 months ago

be careful which trail you take, don't do the one on the cinder cones exactly (very loose lava rocks that fall on to the beach and overgrown signs warning you). mostly uncovered so be prepared, beautiful views and combo hike/beach area. part of hike is along little beach, be sure to Google that part

6 months ago

Trail has a sign that says it's closed.

7 months ago

not pet friendly, not kid friendly, not moderate. it was steep, slippery, overgrown. it was an incredible view and the real hikers enjoyed it but it is not for the average person and on a sunny day would be bruttle.

9 months ago

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hiking
10 months ago

Short hike in return for the amazing view. Can verify that the side of the hill close to little beach is steep and has loose rock. Would only recommend going up that side for experienced hikers. It is not maintained so the trail gets a little spotty in some spots. Definitely worth checking out though.

hiking
11 months ago

The trail to the top is very thin and hard to find. A lot of loose rock/dirt and very steep in places. Beautiful views from the lower coastal part of the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

This is no longer a marked trail in the state of Hawaii, on the island of Maui. You are allowed to
hike it IF you can find the trail, but bottom line, this has not been a certified hike on Maui for the past 3 years. If you can find the trail you can hike it but it has been closed due to injury and fire/rescue people getting tired of all the inexperienced hikers having to be rescued. I repeat this is NO LONGER A MARKED TRAIL IN THE STATE OF HAWAII, ON MAUI.

hiking
Monday, January 09, 2017

We started from the north Makena beach parking lot. Very steep ascent in pretty loose soil but only for first 1/4 mile and leads to some amazing views. The next 1/2 mile or so is fairly flat/easy on harder packed dirt trail. After this, as the trail starts descending and heading back towards the coast. From here the trail gets pretty thin and it isn't the easiest to find your way. But you make it down to some amazing beaches. Watch out, the first (small beach) is clothing optional so just be prepared. Overall not a bad hike, some good views for not much work and you end on a breach, but the actual hiking part isn't the best just due to the trail condition.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Very poorly marked trail start. It doesn't look like an official trail so we ignored it. We took the north face from the smaller north Makena parking lot. Not recommended to go this way up or down! Loose and very steep.
Took better route down. Top was nice good views of Molikini, Big Beach, and whales in the ocean. Bring your binoculars.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Easy hike, nude beach at the beginning. Saw a homeless guy droppin a deuce on the trail, but from San Fran so used to it!

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

The view from the top is amazing! If your starting from Oneuli Beach don't start from the parking lot unless you want to bush whack through thorn bushes. Instead walk about 30 feet back up the gravel road and take the trail between the two biggest stumps.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This hike had incredible views, my sisters and I had a wonderful time exploring the trail. It can be quite steep heading up the hills but the view from the top is absolutely worth it. The gravelly rocks can be very slippery at points on the trail, but as long as you're careful where you step you should be fine.

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

Fun hike. Pretty hot, but there's a rewarding beach at the end. Saw lots of deer. maybe 20 of them. No one else but us was on the trail

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