Free Climb Chutes and Ladders
Hawaii › Honokohau Bay, Maui
Added by Anna Escher
Chutes and Ladders is an off-the-grid adventure on the Western coast of Maui recommended for expert free-climbers. Enjoy the challenge of a steep free-climb and the reward of a serene natural ocean pool.
The trailhead is located next to mile post 37 of the Honoapiilani Highway on the Western coast of Maui, Hawaii. Red dirt, lush green grass and impossibly blue skies mirroring the ocean call to hikers and climbers alike. Follow the red dirt path until you reach the cliffs.
You will scale down a vertical 60-foot sea cliff with help from a rope anchored to the top. I recommend doing this barefoot or with good climbing shoes. Do not attempt if it is raining, as the rocks become slippery. Once you reach the bottom of the cliff, you will maneuver around a series of red rocks which will lead you to the final destination of an enclosed ocean pool. The still water is protected from the ocean by rocks and is approximately 10 feet deep and 30 feet in diameter.
Cool off in this natural ocean pool and beware of prickly sea urchins before beginning the ascent back up to the trailhead.
Note: Hiking in coastal areas on islands can be dangerous due to slippery and unstable rocks, unpredictable weather, etc. Climb with those you trust. While Chutes and Ladders was in our comfort zone, don't hesitate to find another adventure if it is not within yours.
- Climbing shoes
- Bathing suit
- First Aid supplies
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Hiking, Rock Climbing, Swimming
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Dangerous but worth it
This is one of THE most incredible things I did on Maui. At first it doesn't seem like much, but as soon as you get to the cliff you realize that it's the real deal. And no matter how shaky your legs may be on the way down the cliff face, seeing the tide pools at the bottom are well worth it. DON'T GO DURING A NORTH SWELL!
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