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The Best Hiking Trails in Maui, HI

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Trail adventures along the Hana Highway

Maui is one of the world’s best hiking destinations. With Haleakalā National Park in the east, the West Maui, Koolau, and Hana Forest Reserves covering much of the rest of the island, there are a number of fantastic hikes to choose from.

Below is our list of the best hikes in Maui. If you’re looking for a memorable and strenuous adventure, we recommend The Waihe’e Ridge Trail. For a more family friendly hike in Maui, the Ohai Trail is a great coastal option.

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Top 10 hiking trails in Maui, HI

1

The Waihe’e Ridge Trail

Hard
4.1 mi(1h 50m)·
1,547 ft
The Waihe’e Ridge Trail Hike will take you along a stunning ridge with views of the Waihe’e Valley. From the summit you’ll enjoy views of the ocean and the entire West Maui Forest Reserve. The trail follows an out and back route. Because of the steep grades during the second half of the trail, most consider this a hard hike. The Waihe’e Ridge Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the area with Strava members.
2

Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls

Hard
3.33 mi(1h 32m)·
729 ft
The Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls hike takes you through a lush forest to a beautiful and towering waterfall. You’ll cover interesting terrain and pass several small waterfalls before reaching the 400 foot Waimoku Falls. The trail follows an out and back route. There are a number of rolling hills and a few steep sections, so you’re sure to get a good workout on this hike. This hike is one of the most popular on Maui with Strava members. This hike falls within Haleakalā National Park, which charges a fee to enter.
3

Sliding Sands Trail

Hard
2.94 mi(1h 16m)·
950 ft
The Sliding Sands Trail (also known as the Keonehe’ehe’e Trail) takes you through a multicolored landscape from the summit of the Haleakalā Volcano towards the Haleakalā crater. This trail follows an out and back route and can be extended up to 6+ miles each way. Most Strava members take the truncated route shown here. The trail begins with a long descent, but what goes down must come back up. Because of this difficult return journey, most consider this a hard trail. This is one of the most popular hikes on Maui with Strava members. This hike falls within Haleakalā National Park, which charges a fee to enter.
4

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Easy
2.23 mi(53m)·
211 ft
The Kapalua Coastal Trail is a welcoming hiking and walking trail along the cliffs of Kapalua. This trail is popular with families, beginner hikers, and those just looking for a beautiful walk alongside the ocean. The trail follows an out and back route with a few offshoots to scenic viewpoints. Most consider this an easy trail. The Kapalua Coastal Trail is popular with local Strava members as well as those visiting Maui from elsewhere.
5

Lahaina Pali Trail

Hard
3.78 mi(1h 56m)·
1,405 ft
The Lahaina Pali Trail takes hikers from the Honoapiilani Highway to stunning south facing panoramic views of Kaho’olawe. You’ll also pass an active wind farm near the summit if you hike this trail! The Lahaina Pali Trail follows an out and back route. Because of the steep gradients, most consider this a hard hike. This hike is popular with local Strava members and those visiting the island.
6

13 Crossings Trail

Hard
1.63 mi(1h 2m)·
373 ft
The 13 Crossings Trail is a unique hike which crosses Makamakaole Stream 13 times on its way to a waterfall with a swimmable pool! The trail is not significant when it comes to length or elevation gain, but it involves lots of climbing over wet rocks. Even experienced hikers tend to take this trail at a slightly slower pace. It’s also highly likely that you get wet feet while hiking this trail, so grippy footwear with adequate drainage is strongly recommended. This beautiful hike is popular with local Strava members and those visiting the island.
7

Haleakala Crater Trail

Hard
11.1 mi(4h 40m)·
1,848 ft
The Haleakala Crater Trail is an epic day hike adventure from the summit of the Haleakalā Volcano through the Haleakalā crater. This hike follows a point to point route along the Sliding Sands trail then onto the Halemau'u Trail. Most of the hike is downhill, but because of its length, most consider this a hard hike. This is a popular and strenuous full day adventure for the passionate adventurer. This hike falls within Haleakalā National Park, which charges a fee to enter.
8

Kahakapao Loop Trail

Moderate
5.87 mi(2h 11m)·
1,010 ft
The Kahakapao Loop Trail is a beautiful wooded hiking trail in the high hillsides of Maui. This loop trail takes you through dense and lush forest and features some nice trail signs which explain the local flora and fauna. Considering its length and elevation gain, most consider this a moderate hike. This hike is popular with local Strava members. Be aware, mountain bikers are also frequently found in this area so you may have some moments where you’ll have to share the trail.
9

Twin Falls Hike

Easy
1.41 mi(38m)·
203 ft
The Twin Falls Trail is a fun hike along a local road to a set of waterfalls with a swimmable pool. The trail follows an out and back route next to the Hoolawaliilii Stream. Most consider this to be an easy trail. It’s likely that you’ll get wet when hiking here, so grippy footwear with good drainage is highly recommended. Most of the fun is in swimming under the waterfall at the end of the trail, so consider bringing a swimsuit!
10

Ohai trail

Easy
1.15 mi(32m)·
166 ft
The Ohai Trail is a hiking and walking trail with incredible views of the sea on the northern tip of Maui. This trail follows a loop route and is suitable for families, beginner hikers, and those just looking for a beautiful walk alongside the ocean. The trail is popular with local Strava members as well as visitors to the island!