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Iao Valley day hike, Maui

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:02pm

The easiest walk you might call a “hike” on Maui I would still recommend for everyone.

It’s very pretty.


The Needle

… The highlight of the park of course is Iao Needle, a 2,250 foot tall pinnacle. Due to its height, the Needle is often shrouded in clouds of fog, making for interesting photo opportunities.

There is a short paved trail that goes to a viewpoint, but better photos are from the bridge near the start of the trail. An additional short trails loop down along Iao Stream, which I believe offers the best photos.

Also to be discovered, is an inviting trail that leads farther into the lush rainforest. Unfortunately the trail is accompanied by a “No Trespassing” sign. Proceed at your own risk. …

Iao Needle – A 2,250 Foot Tall Pinnacle

The main hiking trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.

There are a number of gardens and historical markers to visit, as well.


It was here that I saw more feral cats than anywhere else on Maui.

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