Waihe’e Ridge Trail

Hike into the clouds, with spectacular views.

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Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Hike into the clouds, with spectacular views.
Minuses: Fairly steep 2.5 miles, can be slippery back down.
Sound-bite: [Birds singing]

This is a nice hike with spectacular views. The photos here don’t do the views full justice. Every direction you look, you’re treated with a different view – lush rainforest valley, Makamakaole Falls in the distance, and many spectacular views of the ocean, isthmus and Haleakala side of Maui.

One of the many spectacular views into Waihee Valley

One of the many spectacular views into Waihee Valley

If you’re a birder you’ll be in heaven as you’ll encounter plenty of birds, several you’ll see nowhere else in the world.

More ferns than you can shake a stick at, along with Ohia (both yellow and red) and many other endemic flora species.

The trail is well maintained, with a couple of benches at choice overlooks along the way. There is even a picnic table at the pinnacle of the trail.

Waihee Ridge Trail starts out easy!

Waihee Ridge Trail starts out easy!

A few notes in getting here. The road to the parking lot is across the road from Mendes Ranch – if you aren’t paying attention you might miss it. At the start of the road there is a parking lot – don’t park here! Continue uphill on the road 9/10 mile until you come to another fairly large parking lot. Park here. When you walk to the trailhead you’ll first be confronted with a choice of two gates, take the gate and path that go uphill.

Key Info:
Mile Marker: #6.9 (Kahekili Hwy aka Hwy 340)
GPS Coordinates: 20.953104,-156.532334
Facilities: None.
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