Sara Benson is an award-winning travel journalist and photographer living in coastal California. She has written more than 35 travel guides and non-fiction books. Her writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines from coast to coast, such as the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic Adventure. Her recently published books include Great Destinations: The Four Corners Region (Countryman Press), Compass Guide: Yosemite & Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks (Fodorís), and Coastal California and California Trips (Lonely Planet Publications).
She has lived on Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Oahu. Her first backpacking experience in Hawaii was at Haleakala National Park on Maui, to which she has returned countless times over the last 15 years. Sara has worked as a national park ranger and is an avid hiker everywhere she travels. For this guide, she re-hiked every trail on Maui described in this book, racking up well over 100 miles on all types of terrain, from jagged lava flows and cinder deserts to misty cloud forests and muddy waterfall paths.
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