Waihe’e Ridge Trail

Last updated 16. Jan, 2010 by in Adventures, Adventures & Sights | Central, Hikes

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One of the many spectacular views into Waihee Valley

One of the many spectacular views into Waihee Valley

Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

If you’re a birder 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.

Haleakala in the distance

Haleakala in the distance

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.

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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