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Iao Valley Needle Hike

Wailuku, HI

There are multiple hikes in the Ioa Valley Park - my recommendation would be to follow the concrete path up past the bridge and you will soon come to a sign that says "stay on trail" this is where you can hop the iron fence and continue on a well worn / hiked trail up the mountain ridge. Great views

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
by Melodi Bowman

1 Completed 1 Reviews

The trailhead for this hike starts at the top of the paved path. And like the description says, you have to go under the railing where there are multiple signs saying to stay on the paved path. We saw a few groups of people on the trail with us.
Be advised that the trail gets really muddy the further you go! It's an absolutely gorgeous hike with guava trees and wild strawberries lining the trail. Unfortunately we didn't make it all the way to the end. We hiked for just over an hour and ended up coming to a stream that you had to cross to continue on the trail. At that point we decided to turn back. We ran into a group heading up the trail on our way back down who said that they did the trail a few days ago and never came across a stream that you had to cross. I'm not sure how or if we ended up on a different trail. It is very well marked and as reviewers have already mentioned there are parts where it looks like the trail veers off but it always reconnects.
Despite not making it to the end with the view, I still recommend this hike and would definitely do it again the next time I'm in Maui!

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
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39 Completed 18 Reviews

Great Hike! Go on the unofficial hike which heads up following the stream. Good mix of jungle and great views of Maui.

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Waihee ridge trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail! Hardest part was finding the beginning of the trail. The parking lot is right across from Mendes Ranch going up the 340.

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Swinging Bridges
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

I wish I would of read the reviews. Drove all the way there and found it closed. Why can't hikes that are closed just be removed from the All Trails app? That would probably save people a lot of time. Especially for some of us that forget to read the reviews!

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Lahaina Pali Trail from the Ukumehame (West) Trailhead
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15 Completed 7 Reviews

Started on the West side, only went up to the windmills, but a great day hike. Lots of field mice on the trail. It's super windy so you won't feel the sun, but it's still going to burn you (I speak from experience). I concur with some reviewers below, the trailhead is a bit hard to find. I was so distracted by the views of the shore that I walked right by it. You'll start on the old highway, but pretty soon after that there will be a trail on your left that goes up the mountain. There are arrows painted on the ground, but somehow I completely missed it. If you start to see the chain link fences on the ground to prevent rock slides, you've missed the trail.

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Olivine Pools
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

great short hike right off the road. pools are full of crabs and little fish. there are many little pools. there are a couple holes deep enough to take a dip. when the wind is blowing the swells crash pretty high and you can get wet. I found a small blow hole, however it doesn't blow very high.

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Streamside Trail, Iao Valley State Park
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21 Completed 2 Reviews

There is a well worn trail that starts next to the river which you will see from the paved Iao path. It is a very easy and flat hike along the river. There are multiple trails that lead off this main trail but most of them require some bush wracking. They are not marked and it is very easy to get disoriented if you continue 'up' these trails away from the river. Ended up covered in mud but at least you can clean up in the river.

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Waihee ridge trail
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14 Completed 9 Reviews

One of the most beautiful trail I have ever done. It is definitely a work out when you start at the trailhead because it is straight up hill. After that though my dad, uncle and I thought it was much easier and the way back even better. I would recommend this trail to anyone that wants a good hike and has the ability to do it!

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
by Michelle CR

1 Completed 1 Reviews

We followed the advice on this site and found the trail at the top of the public trail, just beyond the sign. The first part of the trail skimmed close to a drop-off and had me a little worried. The views were lovely, but I'm a cautious person around drop-offs. Then it meandered into the rainforest and there were only a few times along the way where you could see out of the dense brush. The hike to the top was pretty easy until the last 25 meters or so and then you really had to climb. We ran into several people along the way, but it still felt serene and isolated. The views up top were breathtaking! We had gorgeous weather, but kept musing that the trail would turn treacherous during a downpour. This was a lovely hike! I highly recommend you give it a go.

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Waihee ridge trail
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70 Completed 43 Reviews

a beautiful well maintained trail on a beautiful island! Make sure you go early and get to the top (picnic table and end of trail sign) before the clouds move in and obscure your views.

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