Amazing Summer Hikes on Maui

Maui, renowned for its idyllic beaches and romantic retreats, offers an abundance of opportunities for hikers eager to explore its natural wonders. From the rugged coastal shores to the towering volcanic peaks, Maui presents a diverse range of hiking trails suitable for individuals of all ages and experience levels. After soaking up the sun on the beach, consider embarking on some of these recommended day hikes across the island:

Coastal Escapades:

  • Hoapili Trail: Spanning 5.5 miles, this moderate hike traverses a lava flow, offering a surreal experience reminiscent of another world. Hikers should come prepared with ample water and sturdy footwear as they journey past cultural landmarks and the rugged coastline.
  • Wai’anapanapa Coastal Trail: Stretching 2 miles near Hana, this secluded coastal trail unveils hidden treasures such as tide pools, lava tubes, and black sand beaches, providing a glimpse into Maui’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Pu’u Ola’i / Red Hill: Ascend the volcanic cinder cone from Mākena Beach on this brief 1-mile trail for panoramic views, but exercise caution near the potentially unstable ocean-side cliffs.
  • Kahakai Trail: Offering a scenic shoreline stroll near Hana, this 1-mile trail to Kuloa Point showcases tide pools and stunning vistas of Big Island on clear days.

Mountainous Expeditions:

  • Sliding Sands Trail: Located in Haleakalā National Park, this 8-mile trail offers high-elevation hiking through Maui’s tallest volcanic peak. Advanced preparation is essential due to the elevation, weather conditions, and steep terrain.
  • Ku lu’u o ka O’o Spur Trail: A 5.5-mile loop within Haleakalā National Park, this trail encircles a dormant cinder cone, offering mesmerizing views of the surrounding crater.
  • Waihe’e Ridge Trail: Featuring a dramatic ridgeline ascent, this 5-mile hike provides challenging terrain and breathtaking vistas, particularly on clear days.

Unique Wanderings:

  • Pipiwai Trail: Venture into the remote sections of Haleakalā National Park on this 4-mile hike through tropical forests and bamboo groves, culminating in splendid waterfall vistas.
  • Waihou Spring Forest Reserve: Explore this serene 2-mile loop trail through pine forests, leading to a scenic overlook. Adventurous hikers can descend steep switchbacks to the spring below.
  • Twin Falls: A family-friendly 1.5-mile hike near Hana, meandering alongside a tranquil stream to picturesque waterfalls and swimming spots.
  • Ka’eleku Cave / Hana Lava Tube: Delve into the ancient lava tube, dating back 1,000 years, for a unique hiking experience along the Road to Hana.
  • Hosmer Grove: Opt for a leisurely stroll on the interpretive loop trail through introduced and native forests in Haleakalā National Park, where aromatic trees and melodious birds await.

For more details on any of these trails, check out By exploring these diverse hiking trails, visitors can immerse themselves in Maui’s breathtaking landscapes and rich natural heritage.


2024-06-13T00:50:18+00:00June 12th, 2024|Entertainment, Environment, Travel, Wildlife|

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