The hardest thing about running or hiking on Maui is deciding where to go. Here are some of the island’s most scenic and superlative trails.
The Best Hikes On Maui
Located at 10,000 feet within Haleakalā National Park, the crater sits among a network of trails that are mainly “out and backs,” allowing runners and hikers to pick their distance. With no shade, high altitude and variable temperatures, don’t forget sunscreen, layers, and water.
Info: nps.gov.hale; for general park information, call (808) 572-4400.
PIPIWAI TRAIL TO WAIMOKU FALLS
A 4-mile round-trip route, the Pipiwai Trail forges through a lush bamboo forest, climbs a total of 600 feet and leads to the 400-foot Waimoku Falls, which plunge through verdant cliffs to a pool.
Info: Located within Haleakalā National Park, the trailhead is on Highway 31 South from Hana, just past mile marker #42.
KAHAKAPAO TRAIL SYSTEM
This extensive trail system located in the Makawao Forest, a state preserve near the town of Haiku, offers miles of single track through thick evergreen forests. It’s also a popular mountain biking area.
Info: The Makawao Forest Reserve is at the end of Kahakapao Road, Makawao, Hawaii, and is managed by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
KAPALUA COASTAL TRAIL
This northwest Maui beach run offers beautiful, picturesque views of the coastline. “Think Big Sur with warm water,” says Ben Auerbach, who leads guided runs and hikes on the trail. An added bonus: The trail, which is about 3 miles, also leads to a traditional Hawaiian burial ground and labyrinth.
Info: The trail runs through the Montage at Kapalua Bay.
Looking for a burning hill workout? Look no further than the Village Trails, remnants of an old golf course now abandoned and overtaken with native vegetation. These steep trails range from 15 to 30 degrees in incline and were part of the 2019 XTerra World Championships.
Info: Located in the West Maui Mountains, the trails are accessible from the Kapalua Village Center.
Thompson Road – Oprah lives here. Great rolling hills on a single-lane road.
Waihee Ridge Trail – A 5-mile round-trip through lush forest.
Sugar Beach – Run on the sand.
Skyline Trail at Polipoli State Park – An 8-mile downhill with great views.