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The Windmills Hike

A physically tough hike with amazing views

8am until 1pm

Up to 6 person groups

Door to door service

$600 for 2 people,

$100 each after that

 

Overview: This is rugged and challenging 5.5 mile hike through rocky scrub on the dry south shore of the West Maui Mountains. Although this hike does not require technical expertise, it does require strong thighs and good stamina. With stunning panoramas of the central valley, ocean and neighbor islands of Kahoolawe and Lanai, this one is all about the views!

The Pali Trail runs from a point near Maalaea Harbor over Kealaloloa ridge and down to a long, sandy beach at Ukumehame. Ranging in elevation from 100` to 1,600`, this trail offers excellent scenic vistas of Kahoolawe, Molokini and Lanai islands. Along the way we may get to see native birds such as Nene and Pueo. During whale season we can see Humpback Whales frolicking in the ocean below us. Scrub vegetation at the lower elevations gives way to endemic dry-land plants as the trail climbs. We gain approximately 1600 feet of elevation in 2.5 miles. The trail from either direction winds up steep rocky hills to the Kealaloloa Ridge. This is a feature you can easily spot from much of Maui because this is where the gigantic wind turbines for Kaheawa wind farm are found. The trail crosses directly through the middle of the wind farm. We get a close-up view of those giant wind turbines! This can be a hot and sunny hike, with very little natural shade along the way, so we’ll be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen. This trail is part of an historic around-the-island trail system on Maui that began life as part of King Pi’ilani’s “Ala Loa”, commonly referred to now as, ”The Kings Trail”. The more recent version of this section of the trail was hand-built in the 1800’s for horseback and foot travel between Wailuku and Lahaina. There are many historical features along the way, marked by numbered posts. We’ll share all those wonderful stories and information with you as we move from one beautiful vista to the next. This hike can be done as an out-and-back, hiking out 2.5 miles to the ridge and then returning to the start point. Or, if you’ll have a rental car, we can leave one at the ending point and go straight through the entire 5.5 miles.