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.

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
10 days 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.

Why is this rated moderate? It is a paved road! Only one optional detour is not paved. The path inside is much more interesting.

So many awesome places along this route! We made a day of it with Kailua Beach, Makapu’u Lookout, and Friendship Gardens Trail. There is something for everyone!

Loved this trail. Loved the lava terrain and views. Very unique. Saw whales near the coast at the light beacon and goats on the lavascape. The heads up to wear sturdy shoes, start early, bring water was much appreciated.

off road driving
2 months ago

An off-road vehicle a must for this trip. Saw one mountain bike and no hikers, based on the distance and terrain an off-road is best. The beach, once you arrive is nice and secluded but not an oceanfront intended for swimmers, strong current and winds make this a limited water play area.

Phenomenal views. I cannot stress enough that a person should go in the morning hours for 2 reasons. 1- gets a lil toasty on that volcanic rock once the sun peaks and 2- you’ll encounter a ton of folks lingering at the beginning of the trail on your hike out. Also, there’s some back roads that locals take to the beach so your hope of exclusivity and triumph of a private, refreshing reward are somewhat dashed upon sharing this gem with cheaters who didn’t use their legs.

Bring water. It's rough in flip flops as part of the trail is rock/dirt. Great views.

Marche pénible dans des cailloux de lave.

Very Hot Hike. Footing is uneven. Hiking on Lava rock is a different experience. Definitely a side to Maui most will not see

The view inland was absolutely incredible. We even got to watch a little bit of one of the pro surfing competitions (HICPro Triple Crown qualifiers). The waves lived up to the name that comes with the North Shore. Rain or shine, this is worth it.

Randonnée urbaine

Some of the best views are along this trail. As everyone else has already stated, bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes. Trail is made of lava rock and very sharp so be careful. Be prepared for high winds and/or heat.

Absolutely beautiful; you feel like you've been transported to Mars, and yet you get these sweeping views of Haleakala beyond the lava flow.
As other posters have said, bring more water than you think you need, bring tough shoes, and start early. The rocks started radiating much more heat than I had anticipated past a certain hour. Shoulda seen that coming.

We’ve done this trail a few times. Be aware of the wind conditions the day you decide to do it. High winds at the end made for a miserable pay off for me. Overall though the views are spectacular and the wild life surprisingly active.

Wear sturdy shoes, this is not a flip flop hike. Bring more water than you think you will need, it is hot. But the views are nice and the knowledge that you are walking in the steps of history is worth it.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Always beautiful, always jammed with traffic

We drove the road to Hana and past Hana around the southern end on brand new pavement. Beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and historic sites. One of the most beautiful drives in America or in the World. Make sure you get out to explore or the curves will make you dizzy! Enjoy!

We had a perfect day for this hike, overcast with a light breeze. The trail was great, interesting sights from the otherworldly landscape to the goats roaming around the wooded areas and further up the volcanic rocks. What was not so great was when three guys in a Toyota 4Runner came off-roading up behind us. When they parked about an 1/8 of a mile ahead of us, we decided to end our trek to the lighthouse and turned back to the parking lot. Since these guys had no qualms about ignoring the “no motorized vehicles allowed” sign, I wasn’t about to risk discovering what other laws they might be willing to break. Bummer of an ending to an otherwise wonderful nature experience.

The Hana Highway! This should be on everyone's short list of scenic drives. 64 total miles (approximately 52 from Kahului to Hana) through mostly lush tropical rainforest hugging the steep slopes of Maui's northeast shore. It is slow and winding with amazing views as you pass the 600+ curves and 59 bridges (most just one lane wide). I have done it twice...both times a number of years ago. But it is something you don't forget. Don't miss Waianapanapa State Park, its trails and wonderful black sand beach. But the highlight for me was swimming in the clear blue freshwater cave pools (just be prepared for the very cold water that has flowed down from Haleakala). Hana also has a red sand beach and the beautiful Hamoa Beach, where we boogie boarded in large waves. Great memories!

The road around the crater is really easy, most of it being on paved road. Not sure it's really worth the time. The hike to the top of Diamond Head is a better investment your time.

Luscious and green, rainy part of the island. Splendid. Full if nice little beaches. Houses very close to the ocean.

Beautiful! It was like walking on another planet!

Cool drive nice trails along the way, be warned though the drive is Sketchy but amazing and worth it. I would say it's a Maui must do.

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