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Maui Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Paddle, Surf, Drive

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ISBN13: 9780967007243
ISBN10: 0967007240
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A guide for families and outdoor adventurers alike, Maui Trailblazer for 2010 covers all of the island, and includes day trips to the neighboring islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Molokini.

Clear directions and concise descriptions lead to all of Maui's well-known attractions, as well as to hidden discoveries that Trailblazer readers have come to expect.

137 different hikes and strolls to tropical rain forests and remote valleys, coastal bluffs and lava caves, Haleakala crater and the Hana Highway, cascading waterfalls, beaches, ridgetops, towns, whale-watching perches, historic sites, and archeological ruins.

Among the 44 snorkeling spots are hike-to coves and the secret places that tour boats go.

Kayakers can pick from about 20 put-ins.

Surfers can select from 38 beaches and decide whether to boogie, board, or body surf. Onlookers will find the best places to watch the surfers, windsurfers and kite-boarders ride the big ones.

The text is complimented by 10 maps and 240 photographs. Driving tours — nine of them — take readers to all the attractions, natural wonders, and historic sites.

A Resource Links section provides numbers for free visitor information and recreational outfitters, as well as hand-picked accommodations and local restaurants to suit every budget and taste bud.

A Best Of section lets you pick the right activity to suit your mood and the day. Appendices include free hula shows, farmer's markets, what to pack, climate, history, fauna, and a Hawaiian glossary.

This new and completely revised third edition includes a Trailblazer Kids section for adventuring families and 4 pages of color photos.

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duanelevin, September 2, 2010 (view all comments by duanelevin)
For us this was the only book that made sense and had the most information for exploring Maui. Driving around we knew just where to pull off to check out what was cool to see. All the trails coincide with the mile markers on the highway (little brown signs with numbers) which made navigating the circle route real easy. We called our own shots and arranged our own itinerary everyday according to the weather. The picturesque Hana Highway is well described and took an entire day - beautiful. Knowing the driving etiquette was important here. Wainapapanap State Park a five star stop. Highly recommended if this is your first visit. We were there for ten days, wish we could have doubled that. The maps and photos inside rounded it all out. We fell in love with sunny Maui
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mauramcauliffe, October 26, 2009 (view all comments by mauramcauliffe)
Best of the Best for guiding us around Maui. Best directions, more photos than all the others and more hiking trails with degree of difficulty indicated. Where to park was most important since the roads were so narrow.

You can probably "get" that we adore the series. The authors don't go overboard with gushing puff, they tell it like it is accurately and with enough historical background to make the path interesting. Great trip.
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GregHayes, January 26, 2009 (view all comments by GregHayes)
There are four activity guidebooks in this wonderful series: Maui Trailblazer, Kauai Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, and Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer (there is also a great planning guide to all the islands called No Worries Hawaii). I have been reviewing guidebooks for many years (and, in fact, wrote several well-received guides to travel guides in the pre-Internet era) and I can say without reservation that these four books are the best available for Hawaii. The authors, Jerry and Janine Sprout, have been roaming the Hawaiian islands for decades and taking a lot of useful notes and beautiful photos along the way. All of this translates into a wonderful, informative read (I've read them all cover to cover) even if you're only an armchair traveler dreaming of a vacation in the land of aloha. You’ll learn a lot about these magical, magnificent places in addition to the activities that best meet your needs. No matter which island you pick, each book is similarly organized and equally well done. And the black-and-white photos are a joy. (If you're not sure where you're headed, their planning guide, No Worries Hawaii, can help you decide which island to head for and what part of that island makes the most sense). Important tip: Be sure to read the “How to Use This Book” section to learn how to get the most out these great resource books. And don’t miss the “Best Of” section, which is divided into lots of useful categories from waterfall walks, big views, and sunset beaches to town strolls, gardens, and perfect places with little walking—there is something here for everyone. There are also good maps to orient you. Driving and parking directions are excellent—no small trick in a place where the only sign to tell you you’ve arrived may be a small mile marker along the highway. You’ll definitely want to learn two new, directional words, which are very helpful in a land surrounded by water: makai—meaning “toward the ocean,” and mauka—meaning “inland or toward the mountains.” Read carefully, follow along and the Sprouts will get you to some places few tourists ever go. Each walk or hike provides parking instructions, round-trip distances, elevation gained, and other practical information. Hiking/walking directions are also very well done. In general, you won’t need a topographical map, but for more serious hikes some folks may feel more comfortable with one. Other activities at each location, such as surfing, biking, snorkeling, are carefully described as well. Practical information on every possible subject includes great driving tours, the best stuff for kids, climate, important resource numbers, and cryptic but very well chosen lists of the best food and lodging choices in each area. Whatever all-purpose guide you choose, don’t visit the islands without the appropriate Trailblazer guide in hand. It will make all the difference.
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Where to Hike, Snorkel, Paddle, Surf, Drive
Jerry Sprout and Janine Sprout
Sprout, Jerry
Sprout, Janine
Wilderness Press
Markleeville, Calif.
United States - General
United States - Pacific - Hawaii
Outdoor recreation
Maui (hawaii)
Outdoor recreation - Hawaii - Maui
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Edition Description:
2nd Printing
Hawaiian Hiking Guides
Series Volume:
no. 69
Publication Date:
January 2010
8.98x6.10x.60 in. .88 lbs.

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