8 Best Hikes in Maui for Stunning Views and Spectacular Wildlife
We've rounded up the best Maui hikes for every skill level.
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If you’re not out in nature, you’re not doing Maui right.
The island of Maui has more than 700 square miles of rainforests, volcanic landscapes, and coastline with some of the most beautiful vistas on Earth. There are hundreds of miles of Maui hiking trails, all particular to the environment. Some trails will showcase the island’s broad biodiversity, some will take you into sacred sites for local Hawaiian culture, and some even end in a boardwalk — hiking shoes optional.
Whether you’re looking for multi-day Maui hikes to immerse yourself in the island's flora or an easy hour-long stroll along the coast, we’ve gathered some of the best hikes in Maui for everyone to enjoy.
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1. For Beginners: Hosmer Grove Nature Trail
This half-mile hike is an easy way for those who are new to hiking to immerse themselves in Maui’s greenery. It’s located in Haleakala National Park, a 33,000-acre park centered around a dormant volcano. The trail loops around itself and presents some of Hawaii’s trees, both native and endemic.
2. Easy Outing: Kapalua Coastal Trail
Get fantastic oceanside views without a difficult climb. This 3.5-mile hike (out and back) remains mostly flat. You’ll be walking on half boardwalk, half lava-rock. It wraps around the western coast of Maui, featuring views of beaches, rugged coast, and some of the island’s most jaw-dropping resorts and homes.
3. Chasing Waterfalls: Pipiwai Trail
This hike is consistently reviewed as one of the best in eastern Maui. As you wind your way through 3.6 miles of trail, you’ll climb up (an elevation of about 800 feet) through greenery and along flowing water. The trail ends near Waimoku Falls where water gushes down about 200 feet. When you’re done hiking, cool off with a swim in the natural Pools of Oheo. This area is currently closed — check the Haleakala National Park website for updates.
4. Swim and Hike: Twin Falls
If you like switching things up with multiple activities, trek to Twin Falls, where you’ll be swimming and hiking. The hike itself is only one mile, but along the way you’ll be able to swim in natural pools and even underneath waterfalls. Twin Falls is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic — check the website for updates.
5. For the Culture: Hoapili Trail
Learn about Hawaiian culture and history along the Hoapili Trail. The oceanside trail cuts through Maui’s most recent lava flow. While walking along La Perouse Bay, you’ll pass several sacred archaeological sites. The trail is 10 miles long, but most people will just walk a section of it.
6. The Endurance Test: Waihe'e Ridge Trail
This hike may only be 2.5 miles, but you’ll have to climb an elevation change of more than 1,500 feet. But any frustration over your rising heart rate should instantly disappear as soon as you reach the top of the trail. After climbing through gulches and guava trees, you’ll get a jaw-dropping view of the verdant West Maui Mountains.
7. Hit the Road: Kapalua Village Walking Trails
The Kapalua Village Walking Trails are the remains of an old golf course that was left abandoned to the natural vegetation. Now, hikers can opt for a range of difficulties on the old golf cart paths, following the sounds and sights of the Pacific Ocean.
8. Heart-racing Climb: Sliding Sands Trail
If you’re of the mindset that nothing ventured, nothing gained, Sliding Sands is probably your ultimate Maui hike. Otherwise known as the Keoneheehee Trail at Haleakala National Park, this 17.5-mile trail covers about 1,400 feet of elevation up the side of a dormant volcano. You’ll need at least two days to complete the hike, so plan on staying overnight in one of the trailside cabins. This trail is currently closed — check the national park website for updates.