Underrated Hiking Trails to Discover in Maui
HONOLULU (KHON2) — Tired of doing the same hikes while living or visiting Maui? Here is a list of four underrated hikes the whole family can enjoy.
Each year, Maui welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to see the lush mountains and beautiful sunsets.
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Hiking trails are found throughout the island, with most of them available year-round due to the sunny weather.
Here is a list of hikes you should check out:
This dog-friendly trail begins at Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area at 6,200 feet and ends at the former Civilian Conservation Corps camp and a three-way junction.
This trail is 1.7 miles long and the difficulty is moderate. For more information on directions, click here.
This pedestrian-only trail begins in the former Civilian Conservation Corps area and gradually climbs through the mountains through a forest planted with ash, redwood, sugi and other species until it joins the Haleakala Ridge Trail.
Many plum trees bearing fruit during the summer are found along the trail.
You can take your dog with you on this 2.7 km hike as long as they are on a leash. For more information on directions, click here.
Haleakala Ridge Trail
This 1.6 mile long trail begins above the Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area on the Skyline Switchback at 6,500′ elevation and descends the Southwest Haleakala Rift Ridge past the junction from Plum Trail to the lower limit of the forest reserve at 5,600′ elevation.
The Department of Lands and Natural Resources say spectacular views stretch in all directions.
The trail alternates through rough cinder, native scrub, grassy swale, and forest planted with pine, eucalyptus, and other tree species.
The trail meets the end of the Polipoli trail to the park 0.3 miles from the summit. At 1.2 miles the trail joins the Plum Trail.
There are many other trails in the area, which are part of an extensive system administered by the state trail and access system, Nā Ala Hele.
Ke Ala Loa O Maui/Pilani Trail
This is a rugged 3 mile coastal path over mostly barren lava, offering views of the Hana Coast and the slopes of Haleakala, as well as stands of native hala trees and small islets at the wide.
Start at State Park and head towards the shore of Pailoa Bay and head southeast.
You are asked to respect the burial sites within the park area and to stay out of these areas, indicated by low walls and stone platforms.
Allow at least 2 hours for the hike. You can also make it a full day and continue along the beach to Hana Bay, where food is available and swimming is accessible.
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For more information on these trails, visit the Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources website. website.