Last weekend some friends and I hiked the Lahaina Pali trail here in Maui. If you've seen the big wind turbines on the west side of Maui when you're driving to Lahaina from Kahului or Kihei, you've seen the trail.....from a far distance. Want to get a leg workout while getting up close and personal with some big ass windmills? This hike is for you.
Six and a Half Quick Facts About Hiking the Lahaina Pali Trail
1. There are two trail heads. You can do this as a shuttle hike, by parking a car in each lot, or you can carpool and just go up and back from one of them. We parked at the lot on the Lahaina side before the tunnel and hiked up to the top (sign post 10) and then back down.
2. It's all uphill. Seriously. Even going down feels like going up (aka work) since you still have to pay attention to where you're going so that you don't slip and fall. Elevation gain is 1600 feet.
3. Bring lots of water. However much you think you should bring, bring more.
4. Start early. I like to sleep. I really do. But starting at 7am versus 9am equals two more hours in cooler temperatures.
5. You'll see shade where there isn't. Much. That scraggly tree with a few leaves? Suddenly it's your best friend. Bring your sunscreen and wear your hat.
|Finally at the top!|
6. The windmills are HUGE. The view of Maui and the ocean is beautiful from the top.
6.5. You'll justify the lunch you have a Leoda's pie shop afterwards. No guilt. Not one crumb.
Ready to hike? The Lahaina Pali Trail is part of the Na Ala Hele trail system.