People around the world enjoy hiking for a variety of reasons. In fact, many people choose destination vacations for the hiking opportunities afforded in that area. Maui has many stunningly beautiful trails to offer, from easy hikes for beginners to advanced trails for the more experienced hiker. Hiking provides a wide array of benefits such as peace of mind, physical activity, fun with friends and family, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Maui has many beautiful trails from which to choose. Kapalua Bay Villas offers the opportunity to rent a vacation home in close proximity to all of these stunning hiking opportunities. Read on to see four of the best hiking trails Maui has to offer and check out our vacation rentals available in Maui.
‘Iao Valley State Park
‘Iao Valley State Park is located in central Maui and boasts easy walks that are well suited for both kids and older people. It is dramatically scenic and claims the title of the second wettest place in Hawai’i. The main attraction is the ‘Iao needle which is a high peak created by the erosion of the softer rock around it. This valley is sacred and was once forbidden to all but Hawaiian royalty. After you cross the footbridge, you can choose to head up the trail to the ‘Iao Needle Observation deck, or down towards the stream for a short nature loop with many informal trails. After hiking in the second wettest place in Hawai’i, come back to your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas, dry off, relax, and enjoy a nap. Contact us today to book your vacation.
Twin Falls, North Shore
Just a 20-minute drive east of the historic town of Paia on Maui’s North Shore, Twin Falls is the perfect hike for those traveling with children. Located easily off of the Hana Highway, you can book a guided tour or easily navigate the trail on your own. Some of the attractions include different waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes. Make sure you have more than just your flip-flops with you as the trails are paved simply with gravel and dirt. Some other items to make sure you have on hand are bathing suits and towels, as well as bug spray if mosquitoes tend to find you when you are outside. Last but not least, pack some snacks and extra drinking water. You may find that you want to linger longer than you had planned.
Halemauu Trail is the perfect hike both for those looking for a comfortable yet scenic adventure, and for those visitors who are up for a challenge. Halemauu Trail is located inside of Haleakala National Park. One of the nice features of this trail system is that you can choose to do a short 2.2 mile round-trip hike to the edge of Haleakala’s rim and back, or you could use this as a jumping off point for a challenging, yet rewarding 11.2 mile hike. Make sure to take the elevation gain into account as you plan for your hike. The trail increases by 2,345 feet in elevation over the course of the hike. This path is through much of the Haleakala wilderness. One recommendation if you choose to start your hike from the summit is to make sure to catch a ride back to the visitor center with another park visitor, since you had to park your vehicle near the trailhead.
Waihou Spring Trail
Waihou Spring Trail is a lightly trafficked loop located near Makawao Hawai’i that features a waterfall and is moderate in difficulty. There is a side trail that leads down to Waihou Spring. The trail is a comfortable distance at just a 1.8 mile loop. A nice factor is that it is accessible year-round. One of the most attractive features for hikers is the lava tubes and waterfalls. Make sure to wear layers for this hike as it is upcountry and can be quite a bit chillier. While the trail is relatively easy, keep an eye on the weather as rain can cause parts of it to become slick and slippery. After your hike in this beautiful forest, you can look forward to unwinding in the comfort of your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas. Contact us today to schedule your vacation rental.