Explore the most popular 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.

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trail running
3 days ago

Beautiful run and views. First half was a hike with more runnable parts the second half. Downhill was a great technical test. Got up in 40 min and down in 25 min. Recommend starting before sunrise to avoid being in sun. I started at 6:30am

incredible views along entire hike. good elevation gain, a little slippery at spots, wear good hiking shoes with tread. would not recommend to do hike in or after big rain

Beautiful view. Love this trail.

Love this trail..... panoramic ocean views for most of it.... Great rocky climb.... 1500 ft elevation gain in a mere 2.35 miles.... I do it in trail runners no prob.... you may wanna utilize a more substantial boot however

Trail isn’t much but the petroglyph rocks are worth seeing!

Hard core bouldering. Did okay with my heavy treaded vibram five’s. started about 7:30am which gave the ascent some good shade. glad i did, the decent back to the car was hot as sh!t. Enjoying a cider from maui brewing after. Amazing hike.

Great workout and hike! Bring water

hiking
14 days ago

Trail entrance is a bit overgrown but the rest of the trail is pretty easy to navigate. Where the road curves left (right after the road splits to alu rd), Look out for a small opening in the vegetation.
It is pretty steep so you get a good workout on the way up and have to be careful on the way down. If you go a little past the cross, you’ll get a good view of the isthmus. Took us about 90 min to get to the cross and back going at a fairly leisurely pace.

15 days ago

Not sure I would qualify this as a hike. interesting little valley with some interesting history. A good quick stop on your way to/from somewhere. Warning, parking fees in effect unless you can park along the toad. before you enter the site.

My favorite trail in Maui. Reasonably challenging with outstanding views of East Maui. Hiking shoes /boots recommended, definitely not a flip flop hike.

a nice hike, lots of elevation and a killer view. if the trail gets wet it is pretty slippery on the way down so essential footware is key

I hiked this starting at 5:30 to be at the top for sunrise. Very manageable trail by moonlight. An hour to the end of the trail. Watched the sun pop over Haleakala crater just after 7am.

99% of tourists dont know about these unofficial trails. Sometimes I wonder if its better not to say anything.

The Iao Tableland Trail( aka Iao Valley Secret Trail) is behind the lookout point. You have to jump over the fence and follow a feint trail towards the backwall of the valley. At the end of this trail, you can see the wall of tears ( dry) , the surrounding mountains and a sliver of Wailuku town.
It is not an official trail.

Lookup Iao Valley ‘Secret’ Trail on alltrails. That is the trail which I am talking about and this Kapilau Trail should be renamed to that. The Kapilau Trail to the Cross is a different trail altogether.

No shade, but it’s a great workout. Pretty steep and a beautiful view!

Hard hike, lots of rock climbing and no shade. Nice view of water but no big view when you get to top. Bring lots of water!!! We ran out

Great trail. Beautiful views. I went early and was the only person on the trail until I was part of the way back down.

hiking
21 days ago

Beaufiul cost where you can find your own pool to swim in. Definitely worth it!

Nice trail leading you accross the river. We didn't meet anyone there. In the end, you can co right or left - there is a waterfall on each side. On the left side, you can climb one waterfall, on the left side, you can climb two waterfalls. We continued among the ropes after the second waterfall but there is really tricky way, really hard to get, it is very long way and the end is not worth it. There is a big waterfall that you see from big distance. Apparently, you can still continue the journey but we don't know where the path ends...

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing hike! It is recommended to go in the morning because there is a better chance there won't be any clouds. Well, we are quite sleepers so started around 11am. On the way up, there were no clouds. When we were going down, clouds just started surrounding us and it was beautiful! many beautiful view, the path is in a good shape... higly recommended!

Almost made it all the way. It was a great hike. Definitely needs to be done in the early morning. Loved seeing the windmills so close. If we was here longer I’d do it again and make it all the way

Nice hike! Used to hiking the rocky mountains so was an elevation gain but nothing too crazy. Still got in a great workout though. Beautiful views. Took us just a little over an hour up (with picture stops) and about 45 down. Could be muddy if it rained but wasn’t bad for us.

Very good trail. Awsome view. Bring water and good shoes. I’m a medium level sport fan and found it hard but finished it happy

walking
22 days ago

Super short and easy paved trail. Drive to the park is scenic. Parking costs $5. Park just outside the gates to save cash. Iao needle is pretty neat and the creek is cool as well. Good for a short little visit.

The trail head is difficult to see. It's just off to the side of the road where it is marked on the map. Park either below near the construction site or park off the left hand side of the road just above the beginning of the trail. Trail leads to a white cross but don't stop there continue on to see a view of the coast and valley below. Trail ends at a chain link fence which prevents you from going into the west maui forest reserve. Trail is small and extremely slippery if wet. Can be steep as well. View points are awesome. Took us about 90 minutes with great conditions. Not advisable for people with bad knees, or have unsure footing seeing as the entire trail is going over roots uphill/downhill. Overall good hike to start early, as with any hike in Maui, good views past the cross.

trail running
24 days ago

Ran the majority of the trail and I’m in fair shape. Beautiful views. Highly recommend.

hiking
24 days ago

Second time to do it! It was a windy and cloudy day with lots of mud from yesterday’s raining I guess. It’s nice to enjoy the view during the hiking. It’s absolutely a must-do in Maui if you love to workout a little bit

Lovely trail, excellent views. The most challenging aspect of it is the elevation gain, but if you have a lot of hiking experience, I definitely wouldn't rate it as moderate. It's a good trail for less experienced individuals or those just getting into hiking!

Great Hike with views the entire way. A comfortable 3 hours. Recommend starting in the early morning hours to beat the sun. You are exposed the entire time. We took 2 16oz water bottles and was plenty for us.

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