Rarely do people visit Hawaii to embark on several hikes throughout their trip. However, Hawaii is home to a number of picturesque hikes that will leave you stunned by the overgrowth of native foliage and abundance of wildlife. If you are a hiker that also enjoys a fair share of rest and relaxation, Kapalua is the perfect tropical destination for you. That’s why, in today’s post, we will be looking at a few of Maui’s top hiking spots so that you will have a better understanding of the many trailheads available to outdoor enthusiasts. While these hiking locations are not within the regions of Kapalua, they can be traveled to easily by car or shuttle.
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Waihee Ridge Trail
If you are in the mood for a moderately difficult hike that rewards travelers with views of an incredible waterfall, Waihee Ridge Trail is the hike for you. While the initial uphill climb can be difficult for many hikers, Waihee Ridge Trail eventually tapers off where hikers can witness breathtaking views of Maui. Since Waihee Ridge Trail is a four-mile out and back hike, you should consider bringing plenty of water, snacks, and a jacket if you are expecting rainy weather. You should also be prepared to get your feet wet, as frequent rains can cause the trail to become muddy, which could be a potential hazard if you are not equipped with a proper pair of hiking shoes.
Iao Valley State Park
Those who love the feeling of being surrounded by towering mountains and an overgrowth of vegetation will find comfort in hiking throughout Iao Valley State Park. With several hiking trails, visitors can choose their own adventure while experiencing the tropical climate of Hawaii. If you decide to hike through Iao Valley State Park, consider trekking through the park’s Ethnobotanical Loop that showcases some of Hawaii’s native plant life. With more than 4,000 acres of territory, and nearly 10-miles of hiking trails, there is plenty to see at Iao Valley State Park. Most notably, hikers come to Iao State Park to get a glimpse of the Iao Needle, a 1,200-foot peak with an incredibly steep mountainside. Parking starts at five dollars per car, so be sure to bring extra cash if you plan on hiking through the Iao Valley wilderness.
West Maui Forest Reserve
While Iao Valley State Park is located within the West Maui Forest Reserve, there are a number of trails within the reserve worth discovering. For example, located in the Southern region of West Maui Forest Reserve lies Lahaina Pali Trail, a strenuous 10-mile hike that offers the most stunning views of Maui as well as its surrounding islands. Lahaina Pali Trail may not be suitable for everyone, however, its travelers will gain nearly 1,600 feet of elevation in less than three miles of hiking. To make your hike as enjoyable as possible, consider bringing an excess of water and food, as the Lahaina Pali Trail hike can take several hours to traverse.
If you would like to learn more about the many different hiking trails located throughout Maui, we suggest using one of the several hiking websites found online when planning which trailheads you would like to hike most. However, if you are looking for the leading vacation rental company in Kapalua, visit Aloha Vacation Villas’ website today. We make it easy for customers to locate their dream villa rental, and are always available to assist you if you require more information before booking your reservation. We look forward to speaking with you, and can’t wait for you to experience all that Kapalua has to offer!