Best Hikes in Maui
Maui has some of the best hikes anywhere in the world. Mau’s diverse array of trails is perfect for the advanced hiker looking for an all day trek, or a beginner who is looking for a short morning adventure with nature. Maui’s diverse eco-structure allows for a huge variety of hiking experiences. Your hiking could include a trip down inside the Haleakala volcano, or along the ridge of Waihee Valley. Or you could hike Maui’s rain forest or trek to any number of beautiful waterfalls. Whatever your hiking fancy, you will definitely find your best hikes in Maui!
Twin Falls of East Maui
Twin Falls of East Maui – For many, a Maui vacation isn’t complete without a swim in a refreshing waterfall pool. If you are one of them, Twin Falls is a great choice and is the first major series of waterfalls on your way to Hana. It is located at Mile Marker 2.1 on the Hana Highway. The parking lot is easy to spot and unlike most of the other falls this has a portable restroom facility. Twin Falls is privately owned but generously shared with all who visit.
Bamboo Forest – This unique and beautiful hike can be found on the Road to Hana. It features a string of waterfalls, pools, boulders and of course a bamboo forest. So as not to get lost stay on the path that follows the main water flow. This hike can be slippery. Flip flops are not advised. You should check the weather before you go as this area is known for it’s flash floods!
Makawao Forest Reserve
Makawao Forest Reserve Hiking & Biking – This beautiful reserve is located on the slopes of Haleakala. At 2500 feet above sea level, the air is cool and the thick tree canopy provides ample shade. If your looking for a break from the sun, surf and beach this might be just what you are looking for. It is ideal for all levels of hiking experience, from a relaxed walk through the beautiful wooded terrain to more challenging hikes.
If you prefer a mountain biking experience Krank Cycles is located in nearby Makawao Town.
Haleakala Back Side
Haleakala’s Back Side – If you’ve taken the time to drive all the way to Hana, why not keep going! If you do, you will be rewarded with an amazing variety of scenery. You will pass through several different climate zones including the lush jungle of Kipahulu, ranchland, dry grasslands, lava-scapes and finally back into the lush green forests on the “front” of Haleakala.
The road surfaces you will be driving on vary from smooth asphalt to gravel roads and are safe to travel on with all types of vehicles during normal weather. This trip is definitely for the more adventurous, but well worth the effort.