Tom’s experience at Chutes and Ladders:
You start hiking through some over growth on a dirt road. This will lead to a fork, take the left fork and it will lead directly to the ocean.
The coast is very steep and rocky. You will need to carefully climb down to a small trail along the ocean. When we went there were some worn ropes that were put up to assist people down.
Be careful and test the ropes before putting your body weight on the ropes. The climb is not overly difficult but a fall will lead to a serious injury and most likely death.
Once you reach the bottom of the climb there is a trail that is narrow in one spot but pretty easily followed. I would recommend good shoes for this adventure. The lava rock is sharp and the trail can be slippery.
Follow the trail around the cliffs and it will lead to a small pool that you can swim in. Be careful if the ocean is high enough to spill into the pool if you do swim in it that you don’t get carried away out to the ocean.
Also there is a sign near the beginning of the trailhead saying the trail is dangerous and not to go down. Use your own judgement.
Trail Info: The trailhead is difficult to find. It is along highway 30 in between Lahaina and the Nakalele Blowhole. There is a small pullout along the street just after mile marker 37.5 on the coast side. Park here and there are a few signs warning you to not trespass and to be careful along the dangerous cliffs.
Parking Lot: 21.029228, -156.600672
Chutes and Ladders Pool: 21.030358,-156.604067
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Tom’s experience at the Nakalele Blowhole:
You can see the blowhole from the road but there are numerous dirt trails that lead down to the blowhole and allows you to be right next to it.
You can stand close to the blowhole and have your picture taken just be careful you don’t fall in.
There are also a dozen crabs that walk around the blowhole that are fun to watch.
It is recommended that you wear decent shoes since the dirt trails can get a little slippery and the lava rocks are sharp.
There is also a heart shaped hole in one of the lava rocks near the ocean.
If you are looking for the best photo of the blowhole, go during sunrise to catch it in the background.
Trail Info: The trailhead is easy to find, it is directly across the highway from mile marker 38.5 along highway 30. If you’d like to hike a little further, you can park at 38.0 and make your way to the blowhole and hike through some neat rock formations. This is also known as the acid war zone.
Main Parking Lot: 21.024519,-156.590364
Nakalele Blowhole: 21.027078, -156.588579
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