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With this one day Maui itinerary, you’ll get to be surrounded by a LOT of nature and the outdoors!

It’s the West Maui mountains!

 

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West Maui Mountains hiking. One day in Maui itinerary. Best West Maui Mountains hikes. Best things to do in West Maui mountains. hawaii travel blog

 

 

You can see grand ocean views…

 

West Maui Mountains. Best hiking in West Maui Mountains for ocean views. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

 

You can see a bamboo forest…

 

West Maui Mountains. Best hiking in West Maui Mountains bamboo forest. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

West Maui Mountains. Best hiking in West Maui Mountains bamboo forest. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

 

You can see waterfalls…

 

West Maui Mountains. Best hiking in West Maui Mountains waterfalls. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

West Maui Mountains. Best hiking in West Maui Mountains waterfalls. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

 

You can get up close and personal to streams running through the mountains…

 

West Maui Mountains. Best hiking in West Maui Mountains stream. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

West Maui Mountains. Best hiking in West Maui Mountains stream. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

 

And of course you can see mountain views!

 

West Maui Mountains hiking. Best West Maui Mountains hikes. Best things to do in West Maui mountains. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

West Maui Mountains: Best hiking in West Maui Mountains forest reserve. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

 

And, you’ll even get scenic drives!

 

Scenic drives of West Maui Mountains. Driving to West Maui mountains. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

Scenic drives of West Maui Mountains. Driving to West Maui mountains. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

Scenic drives of West Maui Mountains. Driving to West Maui mountains. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

Scenic drives of West Maui Mountains. Driving to West Maui mountains. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

Scenic drives of West Maui Mountains. Driving to West Maui mountains. One day in Maui itinerary. hawaii travel blog

 

 

 

Now…

First, the quick list of the hiking trails in the West Maui Mountains to make a part of your day trip.

Then, a bit more about specifically how much time each activity may take.

 

 

Here are the highlights of one day in the West Maui Mountains!

 

1. Waihee Ridge Trail

See the ocean. See the mountains!

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail. west maui mountains forest reserve. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail. west maui mountains forest reserve. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail. west maui mountains forest reserve. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail. west maui mountains forest reserve. maui hawaii travel blog

 

See more about this West Maui mountains hike: Waihee Ridge Trail

 

 

2. 13 Crossings Trail

See the stream. (Cross the stream!) See the bamboo forest. See the waterfalls!

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the 13 crossings makamakaole stream. waterfall hike in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the 13 crossings makamakaole stream. waterfall hike in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the 13 crossings makamakaole stream. bamboo forest in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the 13 crossings makamakaole stream. waterfall hike in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the 13 crossings makamakaole stream. waterfalls in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the 13 crossings makamakaole stream. waterfalls in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

 

See more about this West Maui mountains hike: 13 crossings

 

 

3. Iao Valley Needle Lookout Trail

See the stream. See the mountains!

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the iao valley needle trail. iao valley stream in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the iao valley needle trail. iao valley stream in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the iao valley needle trail. iao valley stream in west maui mountains. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the iao valley needle trail. iao valley state park. maui hawaii travel blog

Best West Maui mountains hikes: Hiking the iao valley needle trail. iao valley state park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

See more about this West Maui mountains hike: Iao Needle Lookout Trail

 

 

Day trip to the West Maui Mountains

Since Maui is not that big, you can make this a day trip to the West Maui Mountains from really anywhere on the island. So it can make for a great day trip from the top Maui beach town areas of West Maui (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua) and South Maui (Kihei, Wailea).

The hiking trails on this list are among the places on Maui where you need a car to get to. While there is a Maui bus, it does not go near these hikes.

 

 

MAP of West Maui Mountains

West Maui Mountains Map. Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

West Maui Mountains Map. waihee ridge trail to iao valley state park. maui hawaii travel blog
The hikes that are a part of this one day Maui itinerary are on the eastern side of the West Maui mountains. Explore the map.

 

More below about how much time you may need for hiking the West Maui mountains!

 

 

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One day in Maui: The timeline

Of course, your experience may vary! But just to give you an idea of how long you might take, here is how it was for me! I generally move around at a leisurely pace. Times approximate!

  • 10:50am: Started the Waihee Ridge Trail
  • 12:05pm: Arrived at the Waihee Ridge Trail “summit”
  • 1:10pm: Arrived back at the Waihee Ridge trailhead parking
  • 1:55pm: Started the 13 Crossings hike
  • 2:20pm: Arrived at bamboo forest
  • 3:00pm: Arrived at waterfalls #1
  • 3:30pm: Arrived at waterfalls #2
  • 4:15pm: Arrived back at 13 Crossings trailhead
  • 5:00pm: Arrived at Iao Valley State Park
  • 5:30pm: Left Iao Valley State Park

And so, the Waihee Ridge Trail took me a little less than 2.5 hours to complete.

The way I did the 13 Crossings hike also took me a little less than 2.5 hours to complete. (There is a fork in the stream, and I went in both directions. Going each way takes you to separate waterfalls.)

I spent around 30 minutes at Iao Valley State Park that included a walk on the Iao Needle Lookout Trail.

 

See more about each of these hikes in the West Maui mountains! (including pictures!)

 

See more about driving to the West Maui Mountains:

 

Scenic drive to West Maui mountains hikes: Driving to waihee ridge trail parking. maui hawaii travel blog
👆 Getting to Waihee Ridge Trail parking

 

Scenic drive to West Maui mountains hikes: Driving to makamakaole stream trail parking. maui hawaii travel blog
👆 Getting to Makamakaole Stream trail parking

 

Scenic drive to West Maui mountains hikes: Driving to iao valley needle trail parking. maui hawaii travel blog
👆 Getting to Iao Valley trail parking

 

 

And those are some ideas on how to spend one day in Maui!

 

For more things to do on Maui that include mountain views and ocean views, also see:

 

You can also see the West Maui Mountains by BOAT when you take a ferry from Maui to Lanai!

 

See more of the best of Maui:

 

HAPPY ONE DAY IN THE WEST MAUI MOUNTAINS!

 

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