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Wear sunscreen!

Parts have little trails to start you off, but on areas without vegetation, you just have to guess... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2019
Kelsey P
Austere beauty, ancient ruins, and an escape from the crowds--but beware the rough terrain and the heat!

The King's Highway (aka Hoapili Trail) a network of sorts of hiking trails that follow a rugged... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2018
New York City, New York
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This intermediate to advanced scenic hiking trail was built over a lava flow that occurred in the late 1700s, making the trek somewhat rugged in certain sections.
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Parts have little trails to start you off, but on areas without vegetation, you just have to guess and tread carefully. You would do best to wear hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, and wear your sunscreen! Shade is not always accessible. Not too far...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kelsey P
Reviewed September 12, 2018

The King's Highway (aka Hoapili Trail) a network of sorts of hiking trails that follow a rugged, unspoiled stretch of Hawaiian coast, frequently paralleling or traversing barren lava fields, the youngest on Maui. The trail is believed to be one of the few surviving remnants...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Wayfarer909
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This a good hike. We saw a lot of people wearing sandals/tennis shoes, and we also saw parts of shoes left in the rocky/volcanic trail. One should really wear heavy shoes or hiking boots. The views are fantastic. Take the safety warning seriously.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Victor T
Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

That trail is partially on the last lava flow on the Valley Isle. La Peruse is awesome. The sandals from the ABC & A To Z stores will be shredded in minutes and then your hike is all pau. I lived on Maui from August...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank fredrickunverzagt1
Reviewed August 8, 2017

This was a great hike. About 2/3 of a mile follows the coast & there are many amazing views. Once the lava trail starts you will need very solid footer wear. We were glad we had hiking boots. Bring plenty of water... There is no...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank SaraBeth55
Reviewed May 23, 2016

This hike defies ratings. It is tough, demanding, dangerous, and ends with a real payoff - a beautiful wild secluded black sand beach. Don't bother if you are physically or mentally weak, as you are taking a real risk. Out of shape don't bother,,,fit and...More

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank coalharborvan
Reviewed January 4, 2016

Hot. Rocky. Hot. Worth it. Taking the trail off of the coast was a dicey one due to the uneven ground, but it was a unique and worthwhile hike to the next coast where there are swings and, if you're lucky, seals! Bring water!

Date of experience: July 2015
4  Thank Tim W
Reviewed December 28, 2015

Drive as far south as you can and park beside beach then walk as far as comfortable along lava rocks and past lovely bays. If it's windy it's a nice relief as it can be very hot. Take extra water. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank startwiththeendinmin
Reviewed November 7, 2015

Four stars for the interesting trail unlike anything that you probably have been on, two stars for the difficulty, heat and wind. Overall 3 stars. I thought that it would be interesting to take a hike on this old Hawaiian ‘Highway’ that once circled Maui....More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Ono O
Reviewed April 21, 2015

I haven't been on this hike very recently but last time I went it was very hot. A lot of it has no shade and so be prepared with plenty of water and sun screen. If you walk across some of the lava you can...More

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank jazz15
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