Waihee Ridge Trail

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Waihee Ridge Trail
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Braer
Milwaukee, WI47 contributions
Family
This hike was amazing. We had a beautiful day today in Maui, and the hiking was perfect. You MUST get to the trail head early (we arrived at 8 am) because by the time we were done (10 ish) there were cars waiting to park (very limited). The views are outstanding. The hike is definitely “moderate”. While people say it is “muddy” - we didn’t find that to be true. Though there are plenty of spots where the ground is slippery so make sure you have tennis shoes, or hiking shoes, or closed toed Keens (or something similar) - something with a grip. The Temperature was perfect, so shorts and t-shirts are all that are needed. Bring plenty of water (mostly for the hike up) and I highly recommend some sort of back pack (I dont understand how people hike holding water bottles). You do want your hands free. The hike took us 2 1/2 hours (we are pretty decent hikers in good shape). I highly recommend.
Written January 9, 2022
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Maddieb92
Williamsburg, VA133 contributions
This is a beautiful hike that is well worth it. As the title suggests, an early wake-up is absolutely necessary for this hike. By 9 or 10am-ish, thick clouds rolls over the top third of the hike, completely (and I mean completely!) obscuring the views. Thus, a 7am start is mandatory to make this fairly strenuous hike worthwhile.

Views are absolutely breathtaking, as this trials gains serious altitude very rapidly. Muddy conditions warrant solid hiking boots or poles. Parking at the trail-head can be limited, so again, arrive early. Overall, this is an absolutely stunning hike for those that are not bothered by a challenging (but very doable) hike.
Written January 18, 2020
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Wayfaring4life
Makawao, HI81 contributions
As you hike along the ridge, you are treated to the greenest green as you look down into a lush valley and on the other side, the bluest blue as you look out at the ocean. At one point, we even saw whales! We got to the parking lot at 8:15 on a Sunday morning and got one of the last available spots. There is an adjacent parking area on private property that sometimes allows cars to park there for a fee. On this particular weekend, the Boy Scouts were given the opportunity to fundraise by charging people $10 to park on the lot owned by Camp Maluhia. There are porta-potties in the main parking area. Many people have commented on how slippery the trail is - even on a dry day. This is true. In many areas, the trail consists of hard-packed mud similar to a slick clay. One really should have shoes with good tread. I saw people fall and I fell once myself even though I had good sturdy hiking shoes and a walking stick! My partner and I are fit individuals although we fall into an older age bracket. We did the hike in 3 hours, stopping frequently to take photos and we had a leisurely snack at the top while we enjoyed the 360 degree view. This hike is truly worthwhile especially on a sunny day!
Written March 7, 2022
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Veronica Hunter
Medford, NJ5,880 contributions
The fence is opened at 7:00 am for the hikers to drive up to the upper parking lot with portable restrooms.
The 45 minute hike to the top is manageable ... an excellent cardiovascular and strength training workout ... the trail is steep and wide.
After completing the workout, I drove to the nearest beach ( Waihee Beach Park ) to walk in the water and rinse off the mud from my hiking pants.
Written May 30, 2022
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newhampshire411
Chicago, IL283 contributions
This is an absolutely gorgeous trail. We went right when it opened. There are beautiful views of the ocean from afar, rolling hills, waterfalls, and cliffs. It is a good five miles round trip are a bit narrow with some steep drops so I wouldn't recommend it for young kids. Th change in scenery throughout the trail is breathtaking, and you literally move from what looks like a miniature redwood forrest to a breathtaking landscape of green rolling hills and waterfalls. It gets very muddy towards to top, especially if it has rained recently, so I would recommend bringing a separate pair of shoes to hike in.
Written July 30, 2022
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Piero C
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina484 contributions
Solo
The first time I came here, in August, the clouds rolled in and obscured the views by 11:00. This time I got an Uber to the trailhead and got started at 7:45, which, to be frank, was almost too late. You should make a point of getting here at seven, when the trail opens and it will still be a little cool when you start, particularly up the brutally steep concrete ramp that starts you off. From there, it’s two miles of steady uphill, with rewarding views beginning about a mile up. The pleasant shade ends there, and the last mile offers little shade in spite of all the waterlogged greenery surrounding you. This is a beautiful area, and a rare chance to see the interior of West Maui, but the view at the very top is not much different from the view 1.5 miles up, so don’t be afraid of missing out if you get hot or tired. Turn yourself around and head down: this is supposed to be fun.
Written September 13, 2020
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BCofOC
Orange County, CA359 contributions
Limited parking but there is overflow parking. Initial hike is long and steep. Stop often to catch your breath as needed. Bring water. Views are terrific. As you get higher, the temperature cools down a bit. Best to go early in the day, especially during summer.
Written July 3, 2021
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Shelly T
Minnesota12 contributions
A strenuous-but-worth-it hike with amazing views. Be aware there are upper and lower, parking lots, which are a mile apart. If you're not up for adding an extra mile of incline to your workout, try to park in the upper lot if space is available. The difference in elevation from upper parking to the top is supposedly 1500 feet and it does this over the course of a couple of miles, so, pretty much all uphill. To give you an idea, we started at the lower parking lot, walked 2.2 miles (so we didn't quite reach the top), and had an elevation change of nearly 1500 feet (my Apple Watch also called it 45 flights of stairs). If the ground is wet or muddy, this could be a LOT more difficult, and the trip down could be treacherous if wet, so think about trail conditions when planning. Know your limitations as you go. I found hiking poles helpful.
Written March 15, 2022
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NC traveler
Asheville, NC117 contributions
Excellent hike with amazing views. 4.5 miles out and back hike, with MANY stops for photos. About 1600 ft of elevation gain. We arrived at 10 am on a day with PERFECT weather, and were able to get a parking spot, as many hikers were returning from early morning hikes. We are a 70 yo active couple, and brought hiking poles, which many were eyeing with envy!
Written February 3, 2022
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Angela M
Baltimore, MD18 contributions
Couples
I hiked this trail in June with my husband. The views along the whole trail were spectacular and there is a variety of different micro ecosystems as you go along so the view is always changing. The trail was dry when we went, maybe it was the season or maybe it was luck. There are stairs and wood boards along some parts of the path presumably to get people through the worst of the mud.

We arrived at the trail around 9:30 a.m and kept driving past the first parking lot to the lot closer to the trail head. (Otherwise you hike about a mile up along the road) The lot was full but there was a steady stream of people coming down as others went up, so we just pulled to the side and waited a couple minutes for someone to leave. There were two porta-johns at the upper lot. On the day we went they were out of toilet paper and had no hand sanitizer.

My husband and I are both fairly fit. It took us two hours and 20 minutes to complete the full out and back from the trail head. With plenty of stops for photos. The first 1/8 to 1/4 mile is a steep paved cement ramp. It was the most difficult part of the whole hike just because of the persistent grade uphill. Once you get past that, the hills are more rolling and there are plenty of overlooks to take a break and check out the scenery.
Written June 4, 2021
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