Hiking To A Waterfall
Hiking is another one of the best things to do in Maui. It is always part of a top ten wherever we go in the world. There is so much to see and do that you need to hike to that you should always enjoy the journey to it.
Some of our favorite hikes on Maui can be quite long but we will go through some of the shorter ones as that is what appeals to most people. Those looking to go on longer hikes they already know quite a bit about the area and have been planning it for a long time. A long hike on Maui is one that takes you down from the summit of Haleakala and can take up to 2 days at least.
The short hikes we like to feature include a tramp up Oheo Gulch to the 400 foot waterfalls at the end of the trail. The rock hopping good time up Iao Valley stream, lots of nude sunbathing happening here on nice days so be mindful of that. The walks up to see the Hawaiian petroglyphs are always a nice challenge. A walk through the bamboo forest is kind of boring after a while. Going up to Polipoli hot springs takes a long time to get to and is often very foggy as it sits in the clouds most afternoons. Going above Kula to the frisbee golf course is always a nice afternoon. A trip along the coast following the kings trail through the lava fields is also nice when you have already hit the other places.
Hiking up a gulch to a waterfall is one of the most spiritual things you can do. The sound of falling water gives the listener a bit of the energy that is generated by that falling water. Some of the water is falling from heights over 400′ so it’s generating a bit of speed and force. Even a little bit of water can sting from that height. Be careful when standing under a waterfall because it’s not just water but stones and wood as well, especially if it’s raining further up the gulch.
Some of our most favorite hikes to waterfalls are around Maui’s backside. This is the Kipahulu area and Oheo Gulch. Way out there where there is a lot fewer people, you can enjoy a moment at a waterfall in peace and tranquility. There are many waterfalls along Oheo Gulch to hike to depending on your time. If you have plenty of time then I suggest going all the way up to the end but before you reach the end, there is a side stream. Follow the path less travelled to the Queen’s bath which is a bit nicer I think.
Also along the backside of Maui a few miles down the road from Oheo Gulch are a number of unmarked gulches with steady streams. Go up any of these and you will find some great spots to kick back and relax by a pool in a beautiful setting.