Cattle graze in upcountry Maui at PoliPoli State Recreation Area.

Hiking Maui: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Polipoli is an out-of-the-way, rarely visited destination offering some of the best hiking on Maui. Trails vary from short out-and-back hikes, to long moderate loops and more strenuous hikes, and altitudes vary from trail to trail as well. Use this summary of the area and map to plan your best hike.

The Hoapili Trail through a rocky landscape near La Perouse Bay in South Maui.

Hiking Hoapili Trail in South Maui

Anyone who heads out on the Hoapili Trail will realize right away that this isn’t your average hike. Hot and barren and set in the middle of nowhere, the Hoapili Trail isn’t as much about hiking as it is about taking a literal step back in time.

Along the forested Waihou Springs Trail in Upcountry Maui.

Upcountry Maui Hiking: Makawao

Two of the best Maui hikes in Makawao are Kahakapao Loop Trail for hikers & bikers, and Waihou Spring Trail for hikers. Here are the highlights of both.

The Ohai Trail awards hikers with panoramic vistas of the island’s North Shore.

Best West Maui Hiking Trails

There aren’t nearly as many hiking trails on the West Side of Maui as you might expect. Much of the access in West Maui is blocked by private land or lack of proper trails. Nevertheless, the hiking options in West Maui offer their own sort of beauty, from stunning coastal treks to grueling ridgeline hikes.

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Moon Muir Trek: Day One Trail Report

Moon’s Senior Cartographer Kat Bennett, her husband Landis, and their friends Chris and Jim are on a three-week backpacking trek to explore the John Muir Trail. Kat is providing periodic trail updates so you can follow along on the journey.

The view from Sunset Point. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Planning Your Time in Bryce Canyon National Park

In Bryce Canyon, a geologic fairyland of rock spires rises beneath the high cliffs of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. This intricate maze, eroded from soft limestone, now glows with warm shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, and cream. The best things to do in the park are take in the visitors center exhibits, enjoy the viewpoints along the scenic drive, and spend time hiking.