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

A short trail that everyone can enjoy. Good for kids and old people. The youngest (2) and oldest (72) in our party walked the whole way without issues. Great views of the lush, green valley, rushing water and the Iao Needle of course. Path can be muddy or slippery with the moisture from rain and there are steps to navigate, so I would suggest a sturdy shoe or, better yet, a hiking shoe.

Pretty challenging hike... 5 miles round trip. I'd bring a walking stick for the way down as it's pretty slippery. Awesome views throughout!

on Olivine Pools Trail

6 days ago

on Waihe'e Ridge Trail

6 days ago

Best hike we did in Maui. Breathtaking views of lush green mountains and ocean. As an active family we were challenged and worked up a sweat but not to more then we could handle. The drive and hike were stunning. Glad reviewers mentioned to park In the top lot or we would have added lots of steps.

Ahhhhmazing hike! extremely steep in the beginning but it’s paved so it helps. My GPS said its 116 floors so be prepared. I didn’t have a walking stick or real hiking boots although I did have trail shoes but would have preferred more grip. The way down seems more difficult than up. The views the entire way are incredible. The waterfall is on the right about 1/3 of the way up. It’s not close. Also be sure to drive past the overflow parking straight to the start of the hike or else your in for an extra 2 mile hike.

10 days ago

The most gorgeous hike I’ve ever been on! The first half is entirely uphill and not easy, but the views are worth it! Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. We saw some people with walking poles/sticks— we did the hike without those items but they might be helpful as some of the downhill parts are slippery.

Good hike but No waterfall!!
Very steep hike all the way up!
Be prepared.

It’s usually overcast after 10am and can’t see the views but still a pretty hike.

Not much of a hike but cool views.

Iconic. Very typical, Hawaiian hike. First your hiking through some woods, then you’ll be presented some beautiful views of the landscape and the sea, than you walk through a mystical valley, which in my case was a bit misty, you know; those grey, tiny clouds wandering around, almost touching the ground and then some beautiful views at the top of the green mountain.

Looking for a good workout with some beautiful views as a reward? This is your hike. Great cardio hike. I felt the hike up was safer, but much harder physically. The hike down was a bit dicey as there were many dead leaves and small sticks on the steep trail. You tended to slide as you descended. I wouldn’t hike this trail in the rain.

Beautiful trail BUT. It’s NOT EASY!

Because of the flooding this trail could be easy if you bring the right shoes. I was false under the impression that this is “easy” so I wore my tennis shoes. I broke my leg in 3 places(shattered ankle) on the way back and had to be carried out by fire department to finally have surgery and a leg full of metal.

This app says La Parouse bay is moderate ... I do that in flip flops. ... if they are rating it compared to exertion of energy then yes, this is easy. There are rocks to climb, slippery streams to cross, loose dirt and boulders on a trail nest to a 5+ foot drop.

I would definitely do this trail again .... after I heal ... but DEFINITELY in the right shoes next time.

Do it! Absolutely awesome! Bring lots of water and be prepared to sweat!!

Beautiful hike, well worth the 2 mile ascent to the top! Bring a lot of water, I didn't time myself but I did the entire trail in a little under 2 hour and let me tell you something, you will break a sweat!


The views are the best part about this hike! Once i reached the top, i got to speak with a few locals who told me that in winter the trail could/will get very muddy. I guess i got lucky with the weather! Anyways, if you love to have a nice hike and love awesome Views from above, this is has to be on your To-Do list in Maui.

28 days ago

Great trail. The trailhead is right at the turn in the road and is not marked. Park before the turn uphill near the construction site. The first half of the trial is straight up hill. It is quite the workout but really shaded and the view is amazing when you get to the top. The trail ends at the Maui preserve and there is no entrance allowed as there is a fence protecting the park.

1 month ago

Great trail.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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!

1 month 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!

1 month 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.

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.

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