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A Guide To Beginner Hikes On Maui

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Hiking gives you a chance to experience Maui directly without a filter. During a hike, you can rediscover nature's rhythm during its days and seasons. Hiking is a spontaneous and unscripted experience. Even a trail hiked many times over can feel fresh and bring unexpected surprises.

Maui’s hiking trails allow you to experience the beauty of the Valley Isle. There are a variety of hikes available via difficulty and types of views. I will go over hiking tips and various types of Maui hikes that sit atop mountains, are near the shoreline, lie in rain forests and etc. 


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Hiking Safety


When hiking on Maui, be sure to be prepared with the following items:

Good hiking shoes with tread
Light pants to keep cool or shorts (watch out for hanging branches)
Light shirt to keep cool
Light rain jacket

Mosquito repellent (essential for rainforests valleys)
Backpack with water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
Cell phone

For more difficult hikes:
Work gloves
Sweater
First Aid Kit
Additional water and food
Flashlight
Compass
Map

DO NOT hike alone for obvious safety reasons. If you do hike alone, notify someone of your intentions to go hiking. AVOID drinking water from ponds or streams. AVOID entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and trail head markers to avoid getting lost. Be prepared before the hike to avoid any mishaps.

Easy Hikes In Paradise

Maui is world famous for it’s beautiful waterfalls, gigantic rainforests, and amazing coastline views.
There are many Maui hikes that are easy to find and safe to explore that cost next to nothing. Here are four awesome hikes to check out.

1. Kapalua Coastal Trail

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The Kapalua Coastal trail is a 3.5-mile paved walkway near by four beautiful bays. This trail is flat and easy to walk through as the pathways are made up of alternates wooden walkways, and volcanic rock walkways.

There are views of the islands of Lana’i, and Molokai, million-dollar mansions, golf courses, and volcanic features. There are many visual treats for you on this hike which is a few minutes away from Kaanapali.

Driving Distance: 10 minutes from Kaanapali
Hiking Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
Location: Access is available from Kapalua Bay Beach, The Bay Villas, Oneloa Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, or D.T. Fleming Beach Park
Parking: Free at Kapalua Bay and other locations
Difficulty Level: Easy, great for kids
Precautions: The hike can be very windy.  Make sure to bring a jacket or sweater with you. The pathways are not completely flat so be wary if you are using flip flops.  


2. Haleakala Summit

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Mount Haleakala is the largest dormant volcano in The United States. Visiting Haleakala during the sunrise is a must do on Maui! You should definitely make the 2-hour drive to Mount Haleakala.

If you’re not a morning person and not willing to wake up before sunrise, grab a good breakfast, and head to the volcano later in the morning. Haleakala has easy, well-marked hikes that will allow you to explore its Mars-like terrain.

Driving Distance: 2 hours from Kaanapali
Hiking Distance: Varies from 1/4 mile to several
Location: Summit access from Mount Haleakala State Park
Fees and Passes: $25 per car. $12 per person if you’re not in a car. $20 per motorcycle.
Difficulty Level: Moderate because of elevation
Precautions: The air is thin at the summit of Mt. Haleakala, so breathing will be difficult to the high elevation. This being said, the short hikes are quite easy in terms of distance. Morning hikes will assure comfortable temperatures.

3. 7 Sacred Pools (Pools of Ohe’o), and The Pipiwai Trail

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Seven Sacred Pools and the Pipiwai Trail offers beautiful bamboo forests, cliffside waterfalls, and tropical lagoons. This hiking trail is located right off of The Road To Hana and has more than a dozen waterfalls that are fit for jumping, and swimming.

The Pipiwai Trail could be the best hike in Maui. The bamboo jungle and tall waterfalls (200-400 ft) make this trail a compelling hike. The trail is 3.6 miles long and is a must-do for visitors.

The $25 pass from Mount Haleakala can be applied to this trail as well. The pass is good for three days and applies to both locations.
Driving Distance: 3 hours from Kaanapali
Hiking Distance: 7 Pools is right off the road; Pipiwai Trail is 3.6 miles long
Location: Mile Marker #42 along Hwy. 31
Parking: Free if you keep your $10 pass from Mount Haleakala State Park
Check status of this trail at the government website before heading out. Conditions can affect whether parts of this destination are open or closed.
Difficulty Level: Moderate due to 800 ft. elevation and mud
Precautions: This popular destination is often crowded during the daytime. Visit before noon to avoid crowds.

4. Kapalua Village Walking Trails

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The old Kapalua golf course has been overtaken with tropical wildlife and has taken on a life of its own. This walking trail offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and The West Maui Mountains.

There are six pathways between 1 and 4 miles long, and a large pond filled with ducks. This trail has some elevation and offers great exercise for a hike that's close to town.

Ask the Kapalua Visitor’s Center shuttle service for day hikers looking to hike to the arboretum.
Driving Distance: 10 minutes from Kaanapali
Hiking Distance: Between 1 and 4 miles
Location: Kapalua Visitor’s Center – Sign in required
Parking: Free
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate based on distance
Precautions: None

So there you are, four of the best hikes available on Maui. Maui has a good variety of types of hikes and this list covers a good amount of that variety.

What is your favorite hike on Maui? What do you think of this list of Maui hikes?

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