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Great trail.

Great place to go on a cloudy day! Not much of a hike, but a great place to walk around and take in the amazing views!

Lots of rock hopping and beautiful stream, rocks everywhere, climby trail, does require some agility. Definitely a moderately difficult trail. The waterfall at the end is the big payoff- swimmable but too shallow to jump in!

Amazing! This trail is rated moderate but don't let the rating fool you, it is 2 miles of uphill to the peak. I carried my 7 mth old daughter and it was a serious work out! not for the faint hearted. It does have nice views and we found that the way down took half the time of going up. Well worth it but bring lots of water.

Was amazing BEAUTIFUL and full of history

on Iao Needle Trail

hiking
18 days ago

not really "hiking". It's just climbing stairs and walking. It's a good view though. The secret trail is much better and more rewarding.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not muddy at all on this trip, a few puddles easily avoided. Cloudy at the top (1735hrs).
Great workout, great terrain. Must do when on Maui. I cannot recommend approaching from the
Lahaina side as the road is super windy and a LOT of folks drive it on "Hawaiian time" It took me > 90 min from Kapalua.

Not all closed, portions of the garden are open and the cultural areas are nice. The Banyan tree out front was stupendous!

hiking
22 days ago

Love the valley! Pay close attention to the needle as the arch bridge may be hard to see pending weather conditions.

Would love to explore the area for trails but lots of restrictions for safety reasons.

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
23 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.

scenic driving
23 days ago

Walked and drive this trail as it follows the highway and coincides with the Kealia Pond trail. The beach is nice, waves are generally 1-3 ft depending. It gets full quickly especially with the holidays.

scenic driving
23 days ago

The petroglyphs were really neat to see, but as others have mentioned no "real trail" involved unless you count the road. So I uploaded a pic of the entry for the trail near the barracade.

If you choose to drive to the petroglyphs location inside the cultural reserve, use Luawai St. which is the road before the noted directions in All Trails. Follow the road about a mile down then turn left at the cultural reserve and then follow the gravel road to the right about 500 ft. The petroglyphs will be up on the right and there is a stationary info placard below them.

What a muddy hike in the rain! It was pouring when I started, but cleared up by the 2nd view point. This hike, rain or shine, is totally worth it. The valley views, small waterfalls and lush greenery make it all worth it.

We did this hike several times in our 6 month stay in Maui. This hike will not disappoint. We picked this hike the most because of it's convenient location on the island. Breathtaking views for 90% of the hike. The first 10% is a wooded area.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect easy hike. Make sure you go all the way down to the banyan tree and climb down, definitely worth it. Bring some bug spray!

hiking
1 month ago

I'm a hiking and fitness enthusiast. The climb is no joke. But the views made it worth it. Be ready for hella mud.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredibly muddy but otherwise a great hike. Probably would’ve had some awesome views too, but our heads were in the clouds :)

The trail has absolutely gorgeous views but holy cow is it muddy. Definitely prepare for a landslide of mud! It’s an incline almost the entire way up which makes coming down really difficult in the slippery mud. Again, gorgeous views!

Very muddy. Bring hiking poles and good shoes

Gate doesn't open until 7am. Lovely hike for a clear day!

scenic driving
1 month ago

Not a trail if you take the Southern road off Olawalu Country Road. Drive up to the dirt side road. Cool petroglyphs not a foot off the dirt road about 100 yds west of the actual site and “Do not cross” signs. Those glyphs are about 100 ft away from road.

Very nice short hike. Be prepared for mud.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a cool trail. Just bring bug spray

Must do while in Maui. We completed the hike on a dry day but can see how it could get challenging when muddy. Lots of great photo opportunities.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike! It is a challenge and was a little muddy but the views were well worth it on a clear day. Can’t speak to how it would be with some cloud cover. Could see all of Haleakalā from the top which was beautiful. Paved section at the beginning is the most difficult in my opinion. It does level out some of the hike but there are some steep climbs too. Loved it overall!

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.

Very muddy but excellent views all around!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderfully muddy, amazing views and just long enough

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.

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