Relax at the hidden Red Sand Beach

Tom’s experience relaxing at Red Sand Beach:

Red Sand Beach in Hana, Hawaii is one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever been to.
Beautiful Red Sand Beach

There isn’t much parking so hopefully you can find a spot. Walk through the field to the small trail through the pine trees.

Red Sand Beach Maui

The ocean should be on your right as you walk along the trail. There is a small red sand beach below which we found a ton of sea glass but this isn’t the real Red Sand Beach.

Red Sand Beach Hana

Continue along the trail and eventually it will turn along the sea cliffs towards the real Red Sand Beach.

Maui Red Sand Beach

The blue color of the water contrasted with the beautiful Red Sand and cool rock formations is just spectacular.

Hana Red Sand Beach

When we were there, there was a painter trying to capture the moment and one other couple.

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Trail Info: The trailhead begins at the Uakea Road, Hana, HI. If you type that into your GPS you should be able to find the parking area. It is just a dead end road that only allows parking on one side of the road. There are no signs indicating the trail. Just walk through the grass perpendicular to the road and towards the trees with the ocean on your right. Eventually you should see the trail and just follow the trail until you can’t any more. There are a few steep drop-offs towards the ocean but nothing too dangerous so long as you are careful but keep a close eye on younger children.


Parking Lot: 20.752347,-155.984069

Red Sand Beach:  20.752823,-155.981666

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Climbing the exotic Chutes and Ladders trail

Tom’s experience at Chutes and Ladders:

Chutes and Ladders is a really fun but very dangerous adventure along the coast of Maui. The trailhead is a little difficult to find but the hike is not very long.
Chutes and Ladders Trail

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.

Chutes and Ladders Hike

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.

Chutes and Ladders Climb

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.

Chutes and Ladders Maui

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.

Maui Chutes and Ladders

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.

Chutes and Ladders Pool

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.

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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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