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Maui’s hiking trails allow you to experience the beauty of the Magic Isle. For an easy hike, visit historic ʻĪao Valley State Park. This paved trail offers fantastic valley views.
As of August 1, 2022 ʻĪao Valley State Monument will be closed until January 15, 2023 for the final phase of the slope stabilization project and parking lot improvements. Hawaiʻi.gov/dsp/parks/maui/iao-valley-state-monument/" target="_blank">Click here for more information.
Or you can hike atop the scenic summit of Haleakalā, Maui’s highest peak. Take the Halemauʻu Trail or the Keoneheʻeheʻe (sliding sands) Trail down from the crater and see volcanic landscapes, mountainous wilderness and rare endemic plants like the ʻāhinahina (silversword). Visit the Haleakalā Visitors Center for more information on guided and self-guided hikes.
More information: (808) 572-4400; http://www.nps.gov/hale
There are a variety of ways to explore Maui's highest peak on foot, from quick, drive-in hikes atop the summit to multi-day backpacking trips.More
When hiking on Maui, be sure to be prepared with these essentials:
- Good hiking shoes with tread
- Light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware that you may get scratches from branches)
- Light shirt to keep cool
- Light rain jacket and mosquito repellent (especially if you are going into rainforests or valleys)
- Backpack with enough water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
- Cell phone
For longer, tougher hikes you may want to also include:
- Work gloves
- First Aid Kit
- Additional water and food
For safety reasons, DO NOT hike alone if at all possible, but if you must, make sure to tell someone where you are going. DO NOT drink water from freshwater ponds or streams you may encounter during your hike. Avoid entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and follow trail head markers to avoid getting lost. With a little preparation, your Maui hike will reap unforgettable rewards.
Learn more about the State of Hawaiʻi Trail and Access Program, Hawaiʻi.gov/trails/#/" target="_blank">Nā Ala Hele.
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