In a nutshell: Hike into the clouds, with spectacular views.
Minuses: Fairly steep 2.5 miles, can be slippery back down.
Sound-bite: [Birds singing]
This is a nice hike with spectacular views. The photos here don’t do the views full justice. Every direction you look, you’re treated with a different view – lush rainforest valley, Makamakaole Falls in the distance, and many spectacular views of the ocean, isthmus and Haleakala side of Maui.
If you’re a birder you’ll encounter plenty of birds, several you’ll see nowhere else in the world.
More ferns than you can shake a stick at, along with Ohia (both yellow and red) and many other endemic flora species.
The trail is well maintained, with a couple of benches at choice overlooks along the way. There is even a picnic table at the pinnacle of the trail.
A few notes in getting here. The road to the parking lot is across the road from Mendes Ranch – if you aren’t paying attention you might miss it. At the start of the road there is a parking lot – don’t park here! Continue uphill on the road 9/10 mile until you come to another fairly large parking lot. Park here. When you walk to the trailhead you’ll first be confronted with a choice of two gates, take the gate and path that go uphill.