West Maui Hiking - Our Top Picks
September 12th, 2018
Enjoy the beautiful views and weather West Maui has to offer when you go for a hike on one of the Island's many hiking and walking trails. With so much to explore in West Maui, it can be difficult to choose which items to make a priority! We've got you covered, with our guide to West Maui Hiking. Here are our top picks for trails and paths to explore during your stay.
Mahana Ridge Trail will provide beautiful scenery throughout the whole hike. This out-and-back trail is 9.9 miles one way, amounting to about 20 miles total, so many people hike just a portion. This is a great day hike for avid sportsman and hikers. Those who are up for the challenge of this West Maui hike will make their way up stone steps and into a tropical rainforest. We suggest you hit this trail early in the morning and remember to bring plenty of food and water.
Visiting West Maui with children? The Kapalua Coastal Trail is an excellent choice for families and those looking for an easier hike with great views all around. This West Maui hiking and walking trail offers many paved portions throughout its 1.9 mile journey. It's relatively flat, with an elevation gain of just 150 feet. The trail follows the water, so the views are spectacular no matter which portion of the path your choose.
The Village Walking Trails, which can be accessed from the Kapalua Village Center, offer six different trail options to choose from. Here, you can find a hike that suits your desired length, elevation gain and difficulty. The Kapalua Village Walking Trail Lake Loop is our favorite hike in this trail series. At 4.3 miles and about 780 in elevation gain, it is a moderate hike and you'll be rewarded with views of the duck-filled lake!
If you're looking to go for a jog without all the sand, or you have strollers to bring along, the Ka'anapali Trail is the perfect choice. This 4.4 mile paved out-and-back trail offers beautiful views as it follows the coast. Our favorite part about the Ka'anapali Trail is its proximity to restaurants and establishments. There are several areas throughout the path that you can stop off for lunch or a cocktail. We suggest getting up early for a sunrise walk on this path, then stopping off for a big brunch before dipping your toes in the water.
This challenging hike isn't for the faint of heart, but for those ready for a day excursion, the Lahaina Pali Trail offers beautiful views. The trail is an out-and-back hike, and many people use a drop car or transportation services so that they can hike one way only. On your way, you'll encounter wildlife, windmills and panoramic views. If you choose to do the Lahaina Pali Trail, be sure to bring boots, hiking poles and plenty of water.