Waihe'e Ridge Trail

MODERATE 472 reviews

Waihe'e Ridge Trail is a 3.8 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1512 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Hiking the Waihee ridgeline up in the Maui mountains is dramatic and always scenic. This 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.

16 days ago

One of my favorite views and environments

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome hike, trail was sunny and clear today until the top. Not much mud but well worth the hike for the views. We would have had a much different experience if it was muddy and the sun wasn’t out. Be prepared for the knee jarring start and steep climb halfway through.

29 days ago

great views every step of the trail, beware that they close the gate at 7 pm
a fact that I did not know, I have arrived there at 4pm just on time.
totally recommend this trial

hiking
1 month ago

The trek itself is definitely one to take while visiting Maui. Today however was one of the muddiest days the trail has ever had. Be prepared to trek through a bit of mud; it makes the climb down just as challenging as the climb to the summit. Start your day either early morning before the fog settles in or a little later in the afternoon once the fog burns off. The views are well worth the hike.

1 month ago

Awesome

hiking
1 month ago

Might have given this a five star except it was so cloudy when we did this hike so didn’t get any views at the top, also poured on the way down making the trail muddy and a bit treacherous. Definitely recommend hiking shoes in any weather given the grade. Good workout but doable for moderately fit novice hikers.

1 month ago

This trail is a great hike and the views are breathtaking the whole way up. I was glad I was wearing hiking shoes as it definitely helps to have some extra traction. We started up the trail at 7:45 am, stopping a lot to take pictures. Just after we left the top the clouds and a light rain came in making the trail very slippery and muddy. Total time on the trail was 3 1/2 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Our hike was a bit of a bummer. We started at 9:30 am. The cloud cover was so thick that you couldn't see any of the beautiful views that you read about in other reviews. The trail was also very muddy due to recent rains, so it was difficult for small children to navigate. I have no doubt that it is a beautiful hike on a clear, dry day. But we didn't have that. I would start this hike early in the morning so that you beat the cloud cover, and pay attention to the weather before heading out. if you go on a day like we had, it's just a moderately difficult up and back hike with nothing much to see.

1 month ago

Awesome views! Quick to the top! 1-2 hours, depending on pace.

hiking
1 month ago

It was the best part of Maui for us, well this and snorkeling. The lookouts were absolutely stunning. Try to beat the fog rolling in or you won’t have much views from the top. Also this is rated moderate, but it’s basically 2 miles up hill and then 2 miles down hill. (I did just have a baby 4 months ago, but I would rate it hard for the fact that it’s ALL uphill, then your poor knees going down) but totally worth it, if you need to stop, wait until the wooden built lookout past 1 mile, it’s a gorgeous view even if you can’t make it farther :)

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was absolutely beautiful! It was like no other hike I have ever been on. My family and I went right after it had rained so the trail was very muddy and slippery, making it hard to hike up and even harder to hike down, but it was totally worth it! It took us just over two hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views. Steep at times. Don't be discouraged when seeing a full parking lot. Doesn't feel crowded once you start the hike.

1 month ago

like other reviews stated, the most difficult part was the initial cement walk up from the parking lot. it was a beautiful hike otherwise even when visibility dropped to 20 feet from being in the clouds.

hiking
1 month ago

4.1 mile round trip hike that was absolutely breathtaking! This is a must for the in shape person. If your slightly out of shape you can also tackle this hike just enjoy the multiple resting points along the way. Honestly the hardest part of the hike is the initial cement walk way from the parking lot to the start of the train. The rest of the trail was on an incline but wasn’t that hard. Make sure not to wear sandals unless they are made for hiking the dirt that you walk on can become very slick if it becomes wet. The dirt is actually more like a clay. The views along the way are stellar including the two water falls and the fact that your in the clouds on the top.

hiking
1 month ago

We are in our 60’s in decent condition and found this to be a challenging but enjoyable hike, great views on hike up unfortunately cloudy at the top that day, we would definitely do this hike again!!!

1 month ago

A comfortable four miles round trip trail with spectacular views. The trail snakes through a very lush valley. Hiked on a windy an partially cloudy day in February and the temperature was perfect.

hiking
1 month ago

I consider myself to be in pretty good shape and I still had to stop a few times to catch my breath. Trail itself is easy but it's steep and can be slippery coming down. The view at the top is worth it! We got there just before the clouds started to roll in but I imagine there wouldn't be much to see on a cloudy day. Would be beautiful for sunset, but you would need flashlights for the way down. Bring lots of water and maybe a snack or two for the top! :) started at 3:40pm and was back at the car by 6pm. (spent about 15 mins or so at the top)

1 month ago

Good family work out. Fantastic views.

hiking
2 months ago

A gorgeous hike that starts in a tree covered forest, and ends with a scenic view overlooking the mountains. Had some steep climbs, but was a good workout and well worth the trek.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views the whole way up. Pretty steep climb, but the trail itself isn't particularly challenging - if you're in reasonably good shape you should be fine.

2 months ago

Bring plenty of water. Lots of vertical switch backs.

hiking
2 months ago

Somewhere between moderate and hard. But definitely well worth it. Gorgeous views and a tough workout.

2 months ago

We had dry conditions which helped
The trail is steep but not difficult. You will get a good workou!

2 months ago

Rated moderate because it's short, but the steepness is not for the faint of heart. Be sure to wear shoes with grippy soles!

2 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike with Beautiful scenery! Highly recommend it! But rained at the top and was very slippery on the way down. Hiking poles would be helpful.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a great hike but raining and really slippery so couldn’t see anything at the top .. take a walking stick ! Imagine this would be completely different when it’s clear!

2 months ago

Great views. Muddy and slick.

3 months ago

Great trail, only difficulty it can be slippery. Not technically challenging at all. If you get up there and the clouds have covered your view, just wait about 15 or 20 minutes and they should clear out.

3 months ago

Nice, yet moderately busy trail with excellent viewpoints and well maintained sections interspersed with some slick areas. Do early in day as routine clouds show up early on top.

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