Waihe'e Ridge Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wailuku, Hawaii 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Trail is CLOSED temporarily for repairs through 2/27/17 a sign said today when we went. It had just closed at the beginning of the year a few days ago.
So disappointed not to get to hike this one while here on Maui.
So, for now, I can only give it 1 star. Sad.
Awesome and muddy the way a trail should be
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.
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.
Great views, extremely muddy. Please grab a walking stick at the beginning of the trail. Take your time and have fun.
Beautiful hike with spectacular views! The trail is VERY muddy!!
Very muddy! Bring boots and not sneakers! Use a walking stick to make it much easier
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!