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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
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I agree with Vlas's comments below. The 'Iao Valley is beautiful and worth seeing but this trail up the ridge is not worth it. I would recommend going up a short distance beyond the concrete path to get a view of the stream, but turn back when you get to the dense forest. Beyond this point, the trail turns into a sloppy, muddy mess. My husband and I are experienced hikers and it took us 1 and 1/2 hours (from the parking lot) to get to the view at the top (we're not even sure we were at the very top) and it's just an OK view. Then we had to go back down through the same muddy mess. By the end, our shoes and legs were covered with mud and our legs scratched by sticker bushes when we tried to go around the worst muddy spots. If you do go, wear hiking boots, and bring a change of shoes and some old towels. There was no easy access to the stream to rinse off.

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Waihe'e Ridge Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

A really nice hike with great views of the valley and Kahalui at the top. Start early or it will be cloudy and wear good hiking shoes. We found it quite slippery on the way down.

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

It was really muddy. Nice views of the valley at the end. Not overally challenging other trying to avoid falling in the mud. Be you can clean off in the stream at the end but bring an extra pair of shoes for the ride home.

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Lahaina Pali Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Good hike with nice mountain views on the Maalea side and beautiful ocean views on the Lahaina side. It's hot and dessert conditions but the wind cools you down. If there's no wind it would be really hot! Bring lots of water. I did the full 11miles and ran out on the last couple miles. Most people just do an out and back to the windmills or park a second car at the other end to just do a point to point hike. It took me about 4hrs to do. Footing is pretty good. Some loose rock so be careful especially going down.

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Lahaina Pali Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great view of Haleakala, Molokini, Kahalui. If you only have one car I suggest starting at the trail near the aquarium side. The turn around if you are coming from Lahaina is at the coconut stand. The hike is steep at first but all camera worthy. We hiked it in chacos. I would not recommend hiking it in the middle of the day but late afternoon or early morning.

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great great views of the needle. We followed the muddy path..Would be very difficult if it would be rainy.

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
by Corinne O'Neill

5 Completed 2 Reviews

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Waihe'e Ridge Trail
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22 Completed 7 Reviews

Love this hike - and it's never the same. If the trail is dry, it's an easy hike. If it's wet and muddy - the trail can be quite the challenge. In the fog its mystical , if it's clear - the views are awesome.

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

DO NOT GO ON THIS HIKE if it rained 3 days prior and given it rains almost everyday -- the hike does not worth it.
First of all, it is not a maintained hike rather a tourist trail, thus it gets really muddy. By really i mean ankle deep with very thick mud and it gets really dangerous with broken branches and sharp rocks.
Second, it goes through the jungle and best views are in the beginning of the hike and at the very end, so it is definitely not worth to go through all the mud to see the view that it is not that much different than one in the beginning. Just go up to where deep jungle begins( after an ascent along the ridge with red rocks ) and turn back.

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Lahaina Pali Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a legitimate trail run. Technical trail with some good steep climbs.

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