Maui: Lower Makamakaole Stream – Part 1

We had a great time hiking “13 Crossings” a couple weekends ago, we had to come back and check out the makai side of Makamakaole Stream. There wasn’t a lot of information about this trail online so I wasn’t sure if many people knew about it. When we arrived, there were many cars parked at the start of the 13 Crossings Trail and one car parked in front of the trail path to the “lower” Makamakaole Stream. The path was mostly shady with views of the mountainside above us. There were a couple of forks in the trail as we hiked downward; we turned right both times following the sound of the water. After a short hike down, we arrived at a pool with a rope swing! Many people were jumping off the rocks into the deeper end of the pool and swinging from the rope swing.

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We continued on our way and followed the trail upward which led us to a smaller pool above. I snapped a photo and continued upward not knowing what we would see next. To my surprise, we were hiking along the steep mountainside on a very narrow path. I was overwhelmed by my fear of heights, but the view kept me distracted; it was amazing! At this point, I was very happy with our adventure so far. As we continued onward, I realized we were hiking on a ridge which eventually led us back to the roadway. From the road I took a picture of the path entrance and laughed because I would never have guessed there was a trail path from this section of the road. Anyways, we walked down the road toward the Makamakaole Stream bridge.

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We didn’t want to go home just yet, so we decided to hike down the stream from the bridge to see if we could reach the pools we encountered earlier on the hike. Hiking down was slippery to say the least! We bumped into a few people heading back up because it was a bit too much for them, but we continued onward! We eventually hiked down to another pool; this time, with no one else around. With the pool to ourselves, we dipped in and enjoyed the solitude. This was my first time swimming in one of these pools on Maui and I couldn’t have asked for a better day to experience it. After swimming we continued on our adventure down the stream.

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The stream finally led us to the pool we encountered earlier on the hike. I hope to come back and hike further down the stream to find the bayan tree I look forward to climbing. Until next time, Makamakaole Stream!

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