Maui Hikes

There are hundreds of miles to explore on this stunning island. From rainforests to waterfalls and coastline views, you really can’t go wrong with whichever road you choose.

Once you’ve thoroughly soaked up the crystal-clear blue water and had enough poke to last you till your next trip, we suggest checking out some of the fantastic hiking trails Maui has to offer.

To save you some time, we’ve gathered our top 7 favorite hikes in Maui. Guaranteed to give you the ultimate cultural experience that this island has to offer. So, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, craving a solo adventure day, or planning a romantic outing, we think it’s the perfect way to spend a beautiful Hawaiian day.

Pipiwai Trail

Distance and Difficulty: This hike is about 4 miles roundtrip and is rated moderate as it can get pretty slippery.

If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy waterfalls, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll also get to experience plenty of luscious greenery, orchids, and stunning views. 

The Pipiwai trail is consistently rated one of the best trails on the island. It, of course, doesn’t hurt that the majority of the hike takes place through a beautiful bamboo forest.

Tip: Haleakala National Park charges a fee of $15 to enter if you’re on foot.

Seven Sacred Pools Trail

Distance and Difficulty: One of the shorter and more manageable options on the island. This loop is only about 0.6 miles long, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the magic that is the Seven Sacred Pools. Hikers often check this trail out after Pipiawai, as they’re in the same national park.

You won’t be disappointed spending some time soaking up the view of the pools, combined with the rugged Kipahulu coastline. Unfortunately, the island does close the pools when the water gets too high, so if swimming is a priority, it’s worthwhile checking to make sure they’re open that day before making the trip. 

Sliding Sands Trail

Distance and Difficulty: If you complete the entire hike, you’re looking at about 17 miles total, which is part of the reason why this trail is rated difficult. The good news is that you can make it as long or as short as you want. 

For the adventure seekers up for a challenge, this trail is for you. Hiking down will lead you to spectacular views and a volcano eruption zone, dormant, of course. But, crazily enough, if you head down into the basin, you might be lucky enough to find plants and birds living among the desolate craters there.

Tip: Haleakala National Park charges a fee of $15 to enter if you’re on foot.

Hoapili Trail

Distance and Difficulty: The trail’s total length is 10 miles, but many people end up just doing the 3.6-mile portion, which is rated moderate. Given the rocky landscape, the trail can get scorching hot quickly.

Think volcano rock and coral reefs, complete with hiking over lava fields. This ocean-side hike will give you all the Maui vibes. Walking along the La Perouse Bay, this trail is accessible for most, and there’s an isolated beach perfect for some downtime. And bonus: you might even spot some spinner dolphins!  

Waihee Ridge Trail

Distance and Difficulty: This trail is only about 4 miles but makes up for it in the steepness of the path, earning it a difficult rating.

The beginning of this hike is the most challenging part. However, once you make it up to the top of the trail, you’ll be quickly rewarded with a very worthwhile view of the West Maui Mountain. Looking out below you, you’ll experience lush green valleys and the Pacific Ocean, a sight you truly can’t beat.

Waianapanapa Coastal trail

Distance and Difficulty: 2 miles out and back. This trail extends along the coastline in both directions and is rated moderate.

The Waianapanapa Coastal trail is accessible for all to hike, with jaw-dropping ocean views along the way. We think one of the best parts of this hike is checking out the famous black sand beach in the state park here. Because who doesn’t love a black sand beach? Make sure you make a reservation, though, because we’d hate for you to miss out, and time-slots do fill up.

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Distance and Difficulty: At 3.5 miles roundtrip, This just might be the perfect, relaxing afternoon hike to enjoy with your family. As an added plus, it’s also rated easy.

Not only will you get to explore more of the rugged Maui coastline with this trail’s incredible views. But you might even get to see some sea turtles or whales along the way. We especially enjoy that the path winds through some of the area’s most beautiful homes and beach resorts, ideal for your daydreaming pleasure. If you’re into snorkeling, you might want to bring along some gear and check out Kapalua Bay. 

At the end of the day, the island is chock-full of gorgeous hikes with each view as beautiful as the last. We know you won’t be disappointed with any Maui experience you choose.