Waihe'e Ridge Trail

MODERATE 394 reviews

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.

4.0 miles
1519 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


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.

11 hours ago

Great climb! It’s straight up hill with only a few level spots! The views are spectacular and would highly recommend not missing out in this hike!

2 days ago

Very pretty hike with a healthy climb. Got there at 8:30 and there were just a few cars, not over crowded. The drive in is beautiful as well. When clouded over, it feels nice and cool, but you won’t get the view from the very top. Nice little platform at top for 360 views and big enough to hang out and have a snack or a lunch. If it rains, I wouldn’t want to be in gym shoes. Bring water, good shoes, a snack and enjoy! Took us two hours with breaks. We saw plenty of people of all ages and fitness levels doing this.

3 days ago

Fantastic views at the top. Went during the rainy season and trail was complete mud. Factor that in on your decision or ability. Good workout. Great views of the gorges, valleys, mountains and oceans. Really recommend.

5 days ago

Great hike with spectacular views! If you’re looking for the views, you can stop after the first mile because the last mile is very steep with just a view of the other side of the ridge for a different valley, not as great as the first stopping point. If this is for a workout going all the way to the top is strenuous for that last mile. Definitely beautiful hike, you can see a waterfall from the distance and the valley is simply breathtaking. As expected, incredibly hot and hard to find shade so be prepared!

loved it but keep an eye out for the entrance, we missed it and Google maps took us an hour out of the way through white knuckle turns. pretty nice views and a decently strenuous hike.

8 days ago

Amazing views, not too long , good for trail runners. :)

13 days ago

Beautiful scenery. It hadn’t rained recently so it wasn’t too muddy. Fairly heavily trafficked but worth it for the amazing ocean and mountain views.

14 days ago

Nice hike. Bring a pair of binos or zoom lense and you can spot tons of waterfalls not visible to the naked eye. Well worn smooth clay path requires decent shoes. Upper parking lot fills up by 1030. There is an extra lot about a 1/2 mile down at the highway so please dont double park or block people. If you don't have time for the full hike the viewing platform at the half way mark actually has a better view than the summit I think.

A beautiful trail with fantastic views.

17 days ago

Be prepared for mud, especially after rain and in the shaded/wooded areas. Several people had slipped and fallen on the trail and were covered in mud. The exposed areas get tacky as they start to dry out and that helps with traction. I preferred the views of the valleys and waterfalls prior to the summit and probably would not hike it to the top again. It is a good workout though! Note: Parking is limited and the overflow lot is ridiculously far away.

17 days ago

Amazing views all the way up and down this hike. Tropical ridge line hiking like only Hawaii can deliver. A must do on Maui for avid hikers.

18 days ago

Awesome views!

27 days ago

beautiful foilage and amazing views!

1 month ago

The views are amazing! I wanted to see Jurrasic Park like images and I wasn't disappointed. It's been raining a little lately so it's slick in a few areas, just take your time and look around.

1 month ago

It was a great hike! It was rainy and cloudy the entire time, but still beautiful even without much of a view. It can be a bit slippery on the way down, so look for a walking stick after the gate about 1/4 mile past the parking lot—there is a lot of them available.

1 month ago

It was a rainy morning so it was very muddy and very slippery. Additionally, we had to go through a herd of cows to start the trail.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Great hike. Was fogged in at the top but still a nice hike. Hit some rain so the trail was a bit muddy. Still a great hike.

2 months ago

Super rando avec des vues magnifiques sur les montagnes et l’océan.

2 months ago

If you like uphill hikes, then you’ll love this one! Take plenty of water and sturdy shoes, and maybe even a walking stick, for a good aerobic workout.

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