Hiking at Iao Valley State Park
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About Hiking at Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley State Park is a great place to get acclimated to Maui vegetation, landforms, and ecosystems. In the heart of Iao Valley, Iao Valley State Park is a hot spot for casual tourists interested in taking in some beautiful landforms while learning a bit of Hawaiian history.
For the more adventurous, make your way down to the lower cement paths, and divert past the ‘do not enter’ sign. The path is easy to spot as it’s worn from frequent use. In-fact, when I was there, there were plenty of other ‘trespassers’ making their way through the more rugged area. I was warned by the attendant that the ‘right’ path is treacherous, as it leads straight up the mountain over wet muddy terrain (I was later advised that barefoot is the best way to tackle the climb). The ‘left’ path weaves around dense vegetation parallel to the river / stream. After you’ve spent some time in the heat and humidity of the rainforest, take a second to cool off in the sparkling clear water before heading back to the designated cement trail.