Waihe'e Ridge Trail

MODERATE 430 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.

2 days 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)

3 days ago

Good family work out. Fantastic views.

6 days 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.

9 days 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.

17 days ago

Bring plenty of water. Lots of vertical switch backs.

19 days ago

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

19 days ago

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

22 days 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!

26 days ago

Awesome hike!

28 days 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.

28 days 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!

30 days ago

Great views. Muddy and slick.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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!

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Moderate difficulty, has some very steep areas and could definitely see where some slippery areas would be. Thankfully trails were mostly dry for us. Incredibly gorgeous views. Overall an amazing hike.

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