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Patrick Nichols | 10.08.2017

Maui, although known for its beaches and honeymoon resorts, must not be overlooked by those looking to lace up some hiking boots and sample the natural beauty that the island has to offer. From pristine coastal shorelines to some of the tallest volcanic peaks, Maui boasts a wide array of hikes for all ages and skill levels. So once you're satisfied with a day at the beach, be sure to check out some of our favorite day-hikes in Maui:

For coastal scenery

  • Hoapili Trail: (5.5 miles) This moderate hike along a lava flow will make it seem like you're on another planet! Bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes for this less-crowded hike past cultural sites and rugged coastline.
  • Wai’anapanapa Coastal Trail: (2 miles) This isolated coastal trail near Hana makes its way past tide pools, hidden coves, lava tubes, blowholes, black sand beaches, and cultural sites. 
  • Pu'u Ola'i / Red Hill: (1 mile) Pu'u Ola'i is a short, un-marked trail from Mākena Beach up a volcanic cinder cone. Panoramic views are stunning from the top of the hill, but be cautious of potentially unstable ocean-side cliffs.
  • Kahakai Trail: (1 mile) The Kahakai Trail to Kuloa Point is a beautiful shoreline trail near Hana that is perfect for hikers of all ages. This short trail features tide pools and a spectacular view of Big Island on clear days.

For a mountainous adventure

  • Sliding Sands Trail: (8 miles) Located in the Haleakalā National Park, the busy Sliding Sands Trail offers some high-elevation hiking through Maui's highest volcanic peak. This is a more advanced hike due to the elevation, weather, and steepness, so be sure to come prepared!
  • Ku lu'u o ka O'o Spur Trail: (5.5 miles) Also located in the Haleakalā National Park, the Ku lu'u o ka O'o Spur Trail is a loop via the Sliding Sands Trail that circles a dormant cinder cone with amazing views of the surrounding crater.
  • Waihe'e Ridge Trail: (5 miles) This dramatic ridgeline hike is definitely more typical as far as tropical Hawai'i trails go. Oftentimes muddy and slick, the Waihe'e Ridge Trail is a challenging hike with breathtaking views on clear days.

For a unique stroll

  • Pipiwai Trail: (4 miles) This rather remote section of the Haleakalā National Park has some hiking through tropical forest and bamboo groves that culminates in marvelous waterfall views.
  • Waihou Spring Forest Reserve: (2 miles) Waihou Spring Forest Reserve is a quiet and accessible loop trail through pine forest that culminates in a scenic overlook. Steep switchbacks take the more adventurous hikers down the gulch to the spring itself. 
  • Twin Falls: (1.5 miles) This family-friendly hike near Hana makes its way along a quiet stream to a series of picturesque waterfalls and swimming holes. Stop by the Wailele Farm for some local goodies!
  • Ka'eleku Cave / Hana Lava Tube: (0.5 miles) This 1,000-year-old lava tube is a definite change of pace from the surrounding adventures on the Road to Hana. Venture deep into the massive remains of a dried lava river on this hike that is great for all ages!
  • Hosmer Grove: (0.5 miles) Looking for a less intense hike in Haleakalā National Park? Hosmer Grove is a short interpretive loop trail through introduced and native forest. Here the trees are highly aromatic and the birds are sure to be singing!

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