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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.
Blaine K. on Waihe'e Ridge Trail
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!
Rocky. Steep. Great views! See tiny whales down in water if you are lucky during rest stops, otherwise you are watching trail to decide best path. Hike early, little to no shade & bring plenty of H2O. Started at West entrance where entry signage was poor. No gate.
We only did a bit more than half and we started at the "end" side. It's steep in places and very rocky but extremely satisfying as a hike. We hiked to the wind mills at the top and turned back (to our car). Be sure to bring an emergency poncho or rain coat as we got caught in a HUGE downpour on the way down. Needless to say, this isn't a tourist flip flop hike, wear boots or hiking shoes.
A bucket list hike & what a view! Trail is steep starting out, but not as bad as anticipated. Others advice to start inland was much appreciated, as the wind was to my back. Took a little over 3 hours with time to take pics and take in the views. Only mistake was parking at the turnout on the highway. No signage at all, but there is a parking lot 1/4 mile in, but close the gate behind you.
The pools are beautiful, and the hike is a lot of fun. I'm 6.5 months pregnant and was able to get all the way down, and back up with no issues.
Be aware of the rough waves. At the trailhead is a headstone for someone who tried to swim in the pools and misjudged the tidal activity; he was swept away last month (Jan. 217).
A very hard trail but worth the effort. Breathtaking views and a real sense of accomplishment when you finish. A must for all serious hikers.
Bring snacks, plenty of water and walking sticks!
This was a great hike. I started on the west side and headed northeast to the other trail head.
Please note that there is a gate to get in the other trail head off of southbound highway 30. This gate is unlocked but you do have to open it.