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 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.
The hardest part of the hike was the paved road when you first start off. After that the incline is very bearable. Great scenic spots throughout the trip up with your waterfalls in the distance as a great back drop. Only saw a couple waterfalls with a couple more dried out ones. The track can be muddy even when it hasn't rained for a couple days so be sure to wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
Easy access right off of Kahekili Highway. Ample parking and oddly not that crowded for being a weekend trek for us. We saw shatter auto glass on the ground so be mindful of your valuables and where you place your belongings in your car for potential theft.
The first 100 yards or so is a concrete driveway that leads to a Water Tank. The part gets steep quickly so be ready for a burst in your heart rate and a burn in the quads.
Breaking left you'll get to the trailhead. Careful of the mud in the first half of the trail regardless if it's been raining. Hiking poles would improve traction and stability in this area but lots of people will also leave hiking sticks at the beginning of the trail itself.
Views are spectacular literally every step of the way.
Parking was nice and easy to find, start of trail started steep and then into muddy area for a bit .. not a rugged trail but got heart rate up enough to stop a few times .. past several people on trail going up and coming back all very nice , got to top and clouds had rolled in a bit then started clearing just as fast .. coming back down was little tough on our knees but made it fine .. charted hike with trail map and it was right on .. I recommend this hike to any one that is fit ..
Very, very muddy. The worst is at the beginning, but there are muddy patches all the way up. Other than that, this is a great trail! In my opinion, on the more difficult side of moderate. I also have a hard time believing it's only 4 miles... my pedometer said more like 5.5... The listed elevation gain also seems low to me compared to other hikes I've done, but I don't have a way to measure and prove that. Let's just say, this is a challenging hike. It was a bit cloudy, but the clouds rolled through enough to get some great pictures from the top this afternoon!
Great hike! Unfortunately it rained and it's very muddy and like all Hawaiian trails is wet and slippery. Missed out on the great views at the top due to the clouds but it was a very cool hike!
This trail is REOPENED as of 2/26/17 and better than ever :)
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.