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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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Waihe'e Ridge Trail
by Bill H.

19 Completed 16 Reviews

This is another great hike. With stops along the way it is about 3 hours round trip. I would rate this as a moderate to strenous tral to hike.. It is fairly steep in spots and you gain a good bit in elevation. Go early so that you get to the top before the clouds setttle in and you climb all the to be able to see nothing. You will need good shoes and we strongly recommend hiking sticks. If you go after a rain it will be muddy and slick.

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Waihee ridge trail
by Bill H.

19 Completed 16 Reviews

This is a great trail. With stops we did it out and back in 3 hours. The trail does have fairly steep parts and if wet can be very slippery. I strongly recommend the use of hiking stick on this trail.....it gets pretty craggy near the top.

We started the trail at around 9:30 AM and it was clear until we got to the top and just before we arrived the clouds moved in. I am guessing the view would have been awesome without the clouds

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Waihee ridge trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike, slippery in places on the downhill trip. Map directions via Google maps is incorrect, however, and will take you to a private subdivision. The trailhead is across the road from Mendes Ranch, and don't park in the lower lot - our car was broken into while we were hiking.

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Kapilau Ridge Trail to Wailuku Cross
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1 Completed 4 Reviews

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Kapilau Ridge Trail to Wailuku Cross
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Kapilau Ridge Trail to Wailuku Cross
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Kapilau Ridge Trail to Wailuku Cross
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1 Completed 4 Reviews

Park on the East side of Alu Rd. Trail begins right by the electric lines and cane grass. Bring snacks, water, knife, and wear good shoes. Trail is relatively difficult. My husband, our 6 year old, 4 year old and myself were able to make it to the top and back down within an hour and half. We had plenty of mini breaks and the boys had fun sliding down half the mountain on the dead pine needles. A light rain started and made the trail a bit more of a challenge, but my husband said that Waihe'e Ridge and Windmill trail are definetly more treacherous. So! If you're in good shape and like a fun trail with beautiful pines, this is it! Have fun, be safe, and God Bless!

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
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48 Completed 1 Reviews

One of our favorites. It can be muddy and the very end does get a little hard. I would not want to be here in the rain. Those are wild raspberries, not strawberries. You can also find bananas and coffee out here. Views are absolutely AMAZING!

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Iao Valley Needle Hike
by Melodi Bowman

2 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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