Maui’s Best Hikes
Some of the island’s best views can be found on foot.
The lush island of Maui may be renown for its powdery white sands and shimmering turquoise waters, but some of the best views on the area can be found on foot, while hiking. Here, a handy guide to three of Maui’s most scenic and rewarding hikes.
Iao Valley State Park
This lush tropical forest is mentioned in practically every guide book, and for good reason. It’s easily accessible, and has trails suitable for children and seasons hikers alike. Don’t miss the park’s main attraction, the 1200 foot ‘Iao needle.
Don’t be put off by the crowded parking lots, because there’s plenty of pristine terrain for everyone to explore. Of course, the main draw is the postcard-perfect waterfalls, which are perfect for splashing around in after a long hike – so don’t forget to pack your bathing suit.
The dramatic, 400-foot horsetail waterfall is incredible to behold, like something straight plucked from the set of Jurassic Park. The Pīpīwai Trail, which leads up to the falls, is impeccably maintained, and suitable for all levels of hikers.