Waihee Ridge Trail
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This hike consists of some very steep inclines. It is approximately three miles long, one way. If you’re looking for a nice easy stroll, probably not looking for this hike. That being said, it’s a great hike and worth any amount of difficulty you may encounter.
This hike takes you along the ridge going into a portion of the west Maui mountains from the northern side of the island. From the hike, you get scenic views down into Waihee Valley. The moment you set your sights on this side of Maui, all else will melt away. The trail leads you to the top of one of the ridges where you can rest at the peak and have a snack (if you pack one) at the picnic table at the top, before you turn around and make your way back down.
Also, since this an official hike, it is maintained by Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources and, for the most part, the trails are fairly well kept. That being said, this is a rainy area, so it still tends to be muddy.
Things We Recommend to Have to be Prepared
These make such a huge difference on this hike. Using these, it’s like you have four legs instead of two and whether or not you thought these are weird, you’ll be happy you brought these.
It’s not uncommon to rain up here and at the end, you might even find yourself in the clouds. A waterproof phone case is a good idea in general down here.
You always want to have a water stash when you’re hiking around. This a great one and it’s not nearly as expensive as these can get.
Clothes you can get dirty
From the parking lot, you’ll head toward the entrance where you will have to slide through a little fence. It’s angled in a way that you will have to side step through it because it’s probably partly there to keep animals (like cows, which you may come across) from going into and leaving the area.
You will come to the very beginning of the hike. The concrete hill is probably one of the more difficult aspects of the hike. Getting to the top, especially if you’re carrying gear, will likely get your heart beating but this little section is not a foresight into the future; this is one of the steepest climbs of the hike. Don’t let it deter you from going on this hike.
After making it to the top of the hill, you’ll start to enter the forested area of this hike.
There are several lookouts along the way to the top of this hike and you’ll reach one overlooking part of the Waihee Valley. This is the first real glimpse into what this hike offers and you’ll be happy you decided to keep going on the trail.
You may find yourself out of breath a couple times here and there along this trail. On the way to the summit, it’s pretty much a constant incline. You can keep in mind the way back is going to be much easier, since you’ll be going downhill for the majority of the way back. There aren’t too many dedicated places to stop and relax on the way up, but there are parts where you probably don’t want to fall, so take the time you need to take a breather.
Once you make it to the end, there’s a picnic table, ready for you to celebrate your job well done. The air feels cleaner up here and you’ll get an amazing overview of the Waihee Valley and the ocean. Relax, have a snack and take in the beauty that is Maui.
Northern side of Maui
Time restricted access; closed at night
Your Brain (as always when hiking)
Clothes you can get wet
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