Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Hawaii with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

love this trail!!! get a good workout in! if you run the trail you can do it in maybe 15-20 minutes maybe less! it gets pretty congested with people though

Fairly easy, entirely paved. The only thing to consider is the fact that there’s no shade and you can climb another extra 99 stairs to the top. Beautiful views, but if not reached very early, it gets hot and crowded. Parking by car $5 or walk-in $1/person. Drop off at entrance is also possible.

mountain biking
22 days ago

Did this with e-bike. Awesome environment, passing through garden of the gods. Rough, diverse. Green going to red dirt to neverending switchbacks leading to the most isolated beach I’ve ever seen. This would be cool with crossmotor!

This walk circumnavigates the Diamond Head Crater. There are several cool views and 2 beaches that are worth checking out. Good for a afternoon leg stretch.

walking
1 month ago

There are lots of sights and sounds along the Beach drive. People watching is pretty fun and the variety of stores and eateries make this a neat night walk.

walking
1 month ago

It's a fun walk through the main shopping district and restaurants. There are pretty views of the Palm trees lining the Beach so you will get some nice sunset photos if you time it right.

There are lots of pull outs for photos of the Blowhole and waves crashing against sea cliffs. There are several beaches to check out along this route as well. Totally worth the drive

scenic driving
1 month ago

The drive covers a huge ring around the isalnd and touches on a lot of great stops (ie Dole Plantation) and scenic pull offs. Well worth a day trip.

Nothing i would recommend someone doing!
No nice views, no nice path!

Quite the disappointment
Really tough to run this trail and there's not much to see.
The pristine beach at the end of the trail is a campers dump with beer bottles and quasi permanent tents.
The light house is not what you think - it's not an east coast light house - it's more like a street sign.
Too many other great places in Maui to go - recommend to avoid.

road biking
1 month ago

What a workout! The views certainly take away any agony endured given the elevation changes. A must if fitness and views fit you!

We’ve hiked this twice. I prefer the inland trail as opposed to the coast because it ends at a pretty beach where we could eat lunch under some shade trees. It’s very beautiful.

Advice: Start early, before 9 is smart. It heats up quick. Be smart and wear over the ankle boots. Real easy to twist an ankle; most of the journey is traveling over loose and very course rock. Bring more than a store bought water bottle. Bring a hat if you don’t want to burn. There’s no place to hide from sun once out in the open. Get there and park in the opposite direction of the sun. You’ll appreciate a cooler car upon returning.

Highlights: Beach at the end of interior trail. Awesome landscape that looks lunar. Ocean views spectacular. Feels remote and peaceful.

Definitely worth the trip. Hiking through the lava field provides very interesting scenery but it gets extremely hot so bring plenty of water and start early. Closed toe shoes are a must but hiking boots aren't 100% necessary. Keep left to the Kings Highway to get to the beach. Doing this again I would skip the lamp post and head straight to the beach. Getting in the water at the beach at the end of Kings Highway is very rocky so wear shoes you don't mind getting wet.

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Beautiful drive, don’t forget to turn around and look at the view behind you as you drive along. Even though it’s such a popular drive, we were often the only car for several miles at a time. The views at each of the stopping points are lovely (especially the end at the arch). The ice popsicle being sold at the end of the drive is pricey, but delicious!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Taken this nice drive numerous times and its always worth the occasional traffic. Choosing to go early in the am on a weekend or in the late evening changes the perspectives entirely.

So the drive is nice, but it's the other folks on the road that are troubling. If only folks would be considerate in the signed yield areas and pay attention to the places where it says; DONT PARK, DONT STOP, DONT SIT ON THE WALL!

Best to complete early in the day as it does get warm quickly. The wind is a great help but still plan accordingly with water or other hydration efforts and good shoes as the path is volcanic rock.

Also, if you take the lighthouse path there is an awesome natural arch bridge near the coast in the vicinity.

Found it to be very easy. it's not a hike it's basically all paved. beautiful view from the top. very busy.

Wondrous landscape starting along a beach trail then walking thru lava flows. The lava rocks composing the trail are tough on the ankles. Lighthouse is not really a lighthouse. It’s a navigation light and pole.
Left early (7am) to beat the crowds. On the way out - no one; in the way back - dozens.

Love the drive having completed it several times since moving here. The Tantalus Mts were an added treat, plan for curvy roads. If you're only driving this time, come back to the Moks and kayak to the islands from Lanikai beach.

Hiked almost 2miles of this trail on 4/17/18. Beautiful trail! Great views (and spots for pictures)! Easy to find with the directions provided. It really is like being on another planet - walking on all the lava rocks! Make sure to wear proper footwear; there can be sharp rocks at times. Take extra water and sunscreen (even if there are a few clouds out, the sun WILL burn you!)

I wish we would’ve had more time to finish the hike. I will definitely return to finish!

What a great day! Easy drive to the trail head and easy to find. My wife and I are mid 50 and active but this hike is still a good challenge. Like others have said on their reviews: take more water than you need, wear hiking boots, protect your skin. Going there was about 2.5 miles and we took a loop that had us going over large lava rocks for a great distance. This was a fun challenge and it seems to go on forever. We took the trail straight back which knocks of almost three quarters of a mile and almost an hour.

The path is almost all rocks so it can be hard on the feet after a day in the sun. We went to the end to find a beach but were disappointed in not seeing swimming holes. The options are not real clear. If you get lost follow the white rocks in the lava field. It really is like being on Mars I would assume.

There is no place like this on Maui. A must do.

The trail is like being on another planet. Not difficult, but prepare yourself. The hot weather can quickly become dangerous if you’re not prepared. There are two parts of the trail that run parallel to each other. They connect at clearly marked spots. They also connect in some not so clearly marked spots. Watch for the white coral marking the “paths” through the lava fields. These “paths” are difficult and dangerous, but they are what make this a 5-star trail.

Paved surface up to the last 4 miles. At the last 3.3 miles, you will see a cattle gate with a warning not to proceed. Only 4 wheel drive vehicles allowed. Violators will be fined. We parked here in our rental van and proceeded to walk. A friendly couple in a pickup truck asked us to join them to the trailhead. Stay to the right at the Polipoli State Forest sign and go downhill maybe .5 mile or more to the campground. Follow the sign to the Ranger Cabin. The woods were lovely, dark and deep but knowing we had to hike back to the van, we turned around before reaching the redwoods. Awww shucks. We enjoyed the hike none the less! Take a four wheel drive vehicle next time.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Wonderful drive with so much to see and do. Set aside some time to enjoy it all and a little more time in traffic going the Kam highway via the North Shore.

Beautiful! So glad we came. Must wear hiking shoes and bring water.

Great morning run!

It was a good morning walk. Not strenuous but wear shoes that have some protection- the lava rock can be brutal on the feet. It gets crowded mid morning. Don’t mind the campers when you get to the end- go explore.

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