This 2.5 mile hike is moderately difficult but is worth the challenge once you take in the lush valley views. The trail begins at the back of Iao Valley State Park and will lead you along the ridge to the backside of the valley to an incredible panoramic view of the historically significant Iao Valley.
Keonehe’ehe’e or Sliding Sands trail is located within Haleakala National park and is a challenging 11 mile trail located in Kula. The rugged hike will take you down into the crater through a unique landscape of barren lava fields that make you feel like you’ve stepped onto a different planet.
This 4-mile round trip hike in Southeast Maui is famously known and is a favorite for residents and visitors. You will hike through thick bamboo forests, navigate past several natural pools to waterfalls deep in the Maui forest. This hike is easy to find, as it is within Haleakala National Park 12 miles past Hana on the Road to Hana.
Twin Falls is an easy to access hike right towards the beginning of the Road to Hana. Be sure to stop at the snack stand that is located at the parking lot of this hike. When the trail splits in two shortly after you begin, take a left to get to the main waterfalls. Jump in the cold pool if you are up for it! Return to the fork in the trail and continue farther up the path. You will come to the falls that locals have deemed, “Caveman”. Again, if the water is low enough, you can get into the pool under the falls. In total this hike is about 1.5 mile round trip and is an easy to moderate hike.
Wai’hee Ridge Trail
Don’t let the short length of this hike fool you, the steep elevation climb makes this a challenging (but rewarding) hike on Maui’s west side. Many consider this 5 mile round trip hike to be the most scenic on Maui, and the further you hike up the better the views will get. You will have great green valley views and breathtaking views of Makamakaole Falls towards the beginning of ascent up the ridge!