Waihe'e Ridge Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews

Waihe'e Ridge Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wailuku, HI that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles 1802 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Hiking the Waihee ridgeline up in the Maui mountains is dramatic and always scenic. This 4 mile round-trip hike in West Maui Forest Reserve promises lush scenery, great valley views and some dramatic ridge-line hiking. A well groomed ridge trail suitable for trail runners and hikers of all skill levels. Elevation gains by clean switch-backs and stairs spaced apart by spots of flat terrain. Good views available if hiking on a clear day but expect moderate sun exposure. As on the windward side of all Hawaiian islands, you're more likely to be in for wet weather and muddy conditions. But it's not all that bad, since this means waterfalls are plentiful, the vegetation is greener and the cooler conditions make for a nice comfortable hike.

hiking
6 days ago

The trek through mud is so worth the amazing views along the way. Stunning to say the least. Extremely sloppy at the beginning where trail is in the shade and towards the summit - but that is right now, I've hiked it before in October and the trail was relatively dry. Walking sticks make it a lot easier to navigate through the mud. People without sticks were more often the ones who were covered in mud from falling. Good hiking shoes/boots required right now because of muddy trail condition in a places. People in hiking sandals were turning around.

22 days ago

Trail was very muddy most of the way up to the top. Views were absolutely breathtaking and made the trip worthwhile. Wear proper hiking books for traction and grab a walking stick.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great views, extremely muddy. Please grab a walking stick at the beginning of the trail. Take your time and have fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with spectacular views! The trail is VERY muddy!!

hiking
1 month ago

Very muddy! Bring boots and not sneakers! Use a walking stick to make it much easier

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, well marked, amazing views. This trail is definitely "moderate" so don't be intimidated by other reviews that say differently. If it has rained, yes there will be some mud in the first half mile and then some again before the summit. Bring your camera!

1 month ago

This trail had awesome views. There was only one waterfall with a small amount of water running but the mountains were beautiful. The trail is a calf burner with a steep incline the first half mile and between mile marker 1 and 1.5. It gets pretty muddy between the first quarter mile and the 1 mile marker. I recommend going past the mile marker to see some spectacular views of the island and ocean. I would rate this trail slightly harder then moderate.

2 months ago

Great trail. Maybe it's the time of year, but I wouldn't rate it as moderate. It was wet, muddy, and slippery. At one point the mud was so deep, it stole my shoe. It wasn't insanely hard, I'd call it challenging.
A lot of elevation gain in a short distance, combined with outstanding views, makes this one of my favorite hikes in Hawaii.

hiking
2 months ago

Honestly, once you reach the middle and you can see the waterfalls off in the distance - it's worth it. There really is no need to go further. Maybe if you were going in the AM for sunrise, it would certainly be worth the view.
The hike is very muddy - so there are walking sticks at the second gate. Return them on your way back.
We hiked it with our son (21lbs 7 month old) in a carrier. You can take a baby, but unless your kid is over 5 - I wouldn't suggest letting them walk that, as it is slightly challenging.
The decent is hard on your knees if you have knee issues -so be mindful of that.
Other than that, it was pretty! Hot, but pretty. As I said though, going up the entire way isn't worth it unless your going for sunrise.

2 months ago

Awesome hike, great views although cloud cover was thick closer to the top. Very muddy so wear shoes you don't care about! But worth the mud!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

Muddy, muddy, muddy. Do not hike without a walking stick-- very hard.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a fun and exciting trail. It would be a good idea to start early it took us an hour each way. Be aware it's all up hill. You will need waterproof hiking boots and a hiking stick would help. At the second gate there were a pile of sticks that people left behind and it will help you during the trek. Very slippery most of the way so be careful. Going down hill was actually the scariest part, almost slipped a couple times

3 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike in the fog and when it lifted we could see waterfalls and a loud river below the valley.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail. We started a little after 8 and had some clouds at the top. Barely got a glimpse of Molokai on the other side from the top. All views all the way up were fantastic. One of my favorite parts (besides the views) was when we hit the part where we could hear what I assume is the Waihe'e River raging far below in the Waihe'e Valley. Awesome. It was muddy and slippery. Also, my tracker ended at 4.3 miles. Not sure how, when we were at 2.6 at top and followed same path back. Loved this hike!