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Waihe'e Ridge Trail

MODERATE 288 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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1745 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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Spectacular views and a good workout! A must do for outdoors lovers when visiting Maui. 180 degree views of ocean, plus neighboring island, mountains and a few waterfalls (from a distance). We went on a drier day, so there were only a few slippery spots. We wore our Chacos and did fine with these. I would call this a moderate difficulty hike. It took us 2:15 of hiking time to complete the entire ~4 mile round trip, 2:40 if you count the break we took at the summit. NOTE: Trailhead open 7a-7p. Recommend going in the morning as we did to avoid clouds and rain. No restroom facilities.

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12 days ago

Tough elevation climb but worth every step. Beautiful views.

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12 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Maui. Be prepared for a muddy trail & it's slippery on the way down. The views are amazing but eventually get obstructed by fog at higher elevation. Mountains covered with trees and foliage are lush & green. The weather gets chilly towards the end of the trail. Must do hike.

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This is a wonderful hike to detach from day to day work and life stressors. I went when it was quite foggy yet it was cool to hike in an ominous atmosphere while taking in the sounds, smells and trail sights. It was like being wrapped up in an embrace by the fog and feeling like I owned the trail. It wasn't foggy until I got3/4 to the top though. It is slick and so wear shoes with good traction. Starting up the trail it is paved and the steepest part of the trail. Once you get to the dirt trail it is a lesser grade.
I am in good shape for 52 y/o and it took me 50 min to get to the top yet I didn't make more than 2 stops. There are very meaningful places to stop and enjoy the view for almost all fitness levels and if you aren't at your best fitness level, just take your time and don't be in a hurry. Take a few hrs and enjoy this incredible hike. You will be giving yourself a gift to do it.
If you are set on complete view, make sure you know when to go. I just spontaneously decided to go but I knew I would love it even with some fog.
Highly recommend.

21 days ago

Such a beautiful scenic hike! Lots of elevation gain. The trail is very smooth but can be slick if wet. A MUST DO!!

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24 days ago

Beautiful views of the mountains and coast. Completed by two able-bodied (but by no means super fit or experienced hiker type) 35 year olds and our 8 yo son. Was strenuous for son but he did it with breaks. Bring water, wear shoes with good grip (not flip flops) as can be a bit slick/muddy. Moderate sun exposure so wear sunscreen. Consider doing earlier in the day (not peak sun hours) when it's cooler. Just note that this is NOT the same as the Waihee VALLEY hike (which has waterfalls, swinging bridges and is allegedly a little easier for kids/elderly). Would definitely do again.