Lahaina Pali Trail is one of the best hikes on Maui. It takes you between the south side of West Maui and the central valley, as you pass over the West Maui Mountains.
This is a strenuous hike. You are walking on rough and rocky terrain, with lots of uphill climbing. The hike is about 5 miles long, and it rises from sea level at each end, to 1600 feet elevation in the middle. Allow about three hours if you are in good physical condition, or five hours if you are slower or plan on taking several rest breaks along the way.
Most people do this hike in only one direction, as the round trip would be twice as long (10 miles instead of 5) and twice as strenuous. You can walk one way from the south to the central valley end of the hike, or you can walk one way in the other direction. Either way, you will need to leave a car at the far end, or arrange for somebody to pick you up at the far end, if you don’t want to do the hike in both directions.
If you are starting your hike on the Maalaea side (central Maui near the aquarium), drive through the gates to the trail parking lot. If you are starting on the south end of the trail, there is a small dirt parking lot in Ukumehame, adjacent to the mountain side of the Honoapiilani Highway, near Mile Marker 11.
It’s very dry and hot in this entire area, so bring plenty of water to drink along your hike. Sunscreen and a hat are also highly recommended. Do not smoke or build a fire along th Lahaina Pali Trail, as the dry brush here is prone to wildfires.
In the middle of the hike, near the highest elevation, you will walk beside the giant white windmills on Kealaloloa Ridge.
Be sure to take along the Lahaina Pali Trail guidebook, which you can download free at Tales from the Trail. This booklet explains the 16 historic markers that you will see along the trail.
My friend Guy hiked the Lahaina Pali Trail in 2018 and kindly allowed me to show you some of his beatiful photos. See photos below.
Lahaina Pali Trail Hike Photos
The above photos are courtesy of Guy.
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