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.

GPS:

Parking Lot: 21.029228, -156.600672

Chutes and Ladders Pool: 21.030358,-156.604067

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Check out one of the rare blowholes at Nakalele Blowhole

Tom’s experience at the Nakalele Blowhole:

Maui’s Nakalele blowhole is one of a few blowholes in the world.
Nakalele Blow Hole Maui

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.

Nakalele Blow Hole Hike

You can stand close to the blowhole and have your picture taken just be careful you don’t fall in.

Maui Nakalele Blow Hole

There are also a dozen crabs that walk around the blowhole that are fun to watch.

Hike Nakalele Blow Hole

It is recommended that you wear decent shoes since the dirt trails can get a little slippery and the lava rocks are sharp.

Trail Nakalele Blow Hole

There is also a heart shaped hole in one of the lava rocks near the ocean.

Nakalele Blow Hole Trail

If you are looking for the best photo of the blowhole, go during sunrise to catch it in the background.

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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.

GPS:

Main Parking Lot: 21.024519,-156.590364

Nakalele Blowhole: 21.027078, -156.588579

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