View towards Kahului from the Waihee ridge trail, Maui, Hawaii

Maui is one of the most beautiful places in the world to hike, and the trails listed here are among the most scenic options on the island. You’ll find that most Maui trails tend to run close to the ocean, but the Haleakala hikes will have you trekking inland and upward.

Kapalua Coastal Trail

This trail at Maui’s western edge stretches for about two miles. It’s fairly flat and easy along the entire length, making it better for a sunset stroll than a physical challenge. The trail connects to both Oneloa Beach and Kapelua Beach, two of the most popular in Maui. This is a beautiful place to get your hiking feet under you before you take on the longer and more challenging trails.

Pipiwai Trail

This is a four-mile, low-difficulty hike that winds through a bamboo forest and makes a stop at the scenic Waimoku Falls en route. There are multiple smaller waterfalls, and the first is discovered before the first mile of the trail is even complete. You’ll encounter three additional miles of amazing foliage past it with the truly stunning Waimoku located near the end of the trail. Just be aware that since this is in a state park, there is a $15 fee per car to enter.

‘Iao Valley State Monument

As with the Pipiwai Trail, this is a state park, so be prepared for a $5 parking fee per car. True hikers will think nothing of this minimal cost once they get a glimpse of the ‘lao Needle, however. Other attractions to see here are the farming garden and the wide variety of exotic plant life.

Most coastal hikes in Maui are more about the beautiful scenery than physical exertion. If you want to sweat it out as you climb to the highest possible elevations, look inland to Haleakala.

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