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So if you’ve started your research for your trip to Maui even a little bit, chances are that you’ve seen the iconic views of the Iao Valley.

Those famous views of the West Maui mountains are from hiking up the relatively short Iao Needle Lookout Trail that is a part of what’s officially called the Iao Valley State Monument.

This is one of the Hawaii state parks on Maui.

 

Iao needle hike on the iao needle lookout trail: Iao Valley hike, iao valley state park. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao needle hike on the iao needle lookout trail: Iao Valley hike, iao valley state park. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao needle hike on the iao needle lookout trail: Iao Valley hike, iao valley state park. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao needle hike on the iao needle lookout trail: Iao Valley hike, iao valley state monument park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

More below with pictures from a short trip to Iao Valley State Park to see the Iao Needle!

 

 

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IMPORTANT!!! If you wanted to see the famous Iao Valley in the West Maui Mountains, unfortunately that won't be possible from August 2022 and the rest of the year. Check the Hawaii State Parks website to confirm.

 

 

What a trip to Iao Valley State Park can be like!

I went to the Iao Valley State Monument to do the Iao Needle Lookout Trail in January 2020. So exact policies and procedures have changed since then.

Be sure to check the Hawaii state parks website for current fees so you don’t have any surprises when you get there! As of spring 2021, there is a $5 per person entry fee to go enter the state park. There is also a $10 parking fee on top of that to park at the Iao Valley State Monument parking lot.

You may be able to find free parking on the road leading up to the state park (Iao Valley Road). Parking along Iao Valley Road would mean that it will require a little bit of a walk to get to the state park entrance. Consider this a part of your “hike” to see the Iao Valley needle!

 

Iao Needle hike: How to get to Iao Needle. How to get to Iao Valley State Park. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: How to get to Iao Needle. How to get to Iao Valley State Park. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: How to get to Iao Needle. How to get to Iao Valley State Park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

How much time do you need at Iao Valley State Park?

Of course, how much time you need at Iao Valley can depend on exactly what you want to do when you’re there. You can always walk around or sit around longer to take in the nature and mountains that surround you, as well as take in the sounds of the river flowing.

But if your mission is to mostly just see the Iao Needle, then you can easily make this a simple 30 minute trip to Iao Valley State Park. If you are really ONLY going so that you can see the Iao Needle, then you can be done in less than 30 minutes since the paved hiking trail to the lookout is not that long. (Although there are stairs.)

 

iao needle hike, iao valley state park stairs. maui hawaii travel blog

 

A half an hour can give you time to do walk the Iao Needle Lookout Trail, walk the loop around the small botanical garden (called the Ethnobotanical Loop), and then then go down to the Iao Stream to watch the water flowing.

Although officially, Hawaii State Parks recommends allowing 30 minutes to walk the Iao Needle Lookout Trail. Going at a slower pace will allow you to take in your natural surroundings a little more!

 

Iao Needle hike: How much time for iao needle hike, for iao valley state park. iao valley state monument info. hawaii state parks. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: How much time for iao needle hike, for iao valley state park. iao valley state monument info. hawaii state parks. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: How much time for iao needle hike, for iao valley state park. iao valley state monument info. hawaii state parks. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: How much time for iao needle hike, for iao valley state park. iao valley state monument info. hawaii state parks. maui hawaii travel blog

cliff jumping at iao valley state park near iao needle. hawaii state parks. maui hawaii travel blog

flash flooding at iao valley state park near iao needle. hawaii state parks. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

Botanical gardens loop at Iao Valley State Park

iao valley state park botanical garden trail. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

Streams at Iao Valley State Park

iao valley state park hiking trail along stream. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

iao valley state park stream. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

iao valley state park stream. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

iao valley state park stream. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

iao valley state park stream. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

iao valley state park stream. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

iao valley state park stream. near iao needle hike. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

Iao Needle Lookout Trail

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

Iao Needle Hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail, hiking at iao valley state park, state monument. maui hawaii travel blog

 

And that’s a bit about the Iao Needle hike!

 

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HAPPY VISIT TO IAO VALLEY STATE MONUMENT!

 

Iao needle hike on the iao needle lookout trail: Iao Valley hike, iao valley state monument park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

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