Hiking in Maui: Some Places and Things to Consider
If you’re planning on hiking in Maui there are some great places to explore! We’re sure you’ve done some research and are excited to finally hit the trails. Before you head out, consider the following:
- If you’re planning on hiking in the East Maui area, check weather reports before you leave. If there are heavy rains in the forecast, the commute to your destination might just be compromised. Landslides can occur and roads can shut down. Google search “Maui Road Closures” and you’ll be directed to the County site that lists all current road closures. Depending on the weather, it might be better to change your plans to hiking West Maui that day. We want your vacation to be amazing! East Maui and upcountry have some great hiking spots. Pipiwai Trail at Oheo Gulch, Polipoli Trail in Kula, and Waihou Spring Trail up from Makawao (even though it’s a pretty short excursion) are just a few. We do not recommend the Commando Trail on the Road to Hana. Crossing private property and potentially injuring yourself is not good for anyone. (Helicopter rescues at this location are frequent)
- The opposite of heavy rains can occur as well; clear open skies and hot sun. The Lahaina Pali trail is amazing, with stunning views and a great cardio workout. Bring lots of sunscreen and water because on this hike, you’re exposed to the sun a lot. Good closed hiking shoes will help you maneuver the rocky trail and prevent loose sand and rocks from creeping into an open hiking sandal. The same applies to the King’s Highway, Hoapili Trail in La Perouse. It can be a scorcher and there are lots of tiny rocks to creep into an open toed shoe.
- If you’re planning on checking out the Waihee Ridge Trail past Wailuku, be prepared to hike in the clouds. This often present cloud cover can bring moisture, which makes the trail muddy and slippery. A good hiking stick is helpful for the less adventurous hiker, and a hat can help keep your hair dry, if that’s important to you. If you’re looking to add a bit more mileage to your hike, park in the lower lot and trek up the winding road that leads to the upper parking lot/trailhead. Open pasture and friendly cows greet you along the way.
- REPEAT from number 1: We do NOT recommend the Commando Trail on the Road to Hana. Crossing Private property and potentially injuring yourself is not good for anyone. (Helicopter rescues at this location are frequent)
- That’s the short of it. Check the weather, bring plenty of water and sunscreen, know your limits, and have fun! Most importantly, don’t forget your camera!