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Waihee Ridge

Makawao, Hawaii

Waihee Ridge

Waihee Ridge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"To gain views deep into the West Maui Mountains, this trail makes a steady ascent through a lowland forest where rare native plants thrive. Save this hike for sunny days, as the summit is often shrouded by clouds and mist."

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Santa Rosa, CA
Trailblazer | 1822 pts
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11/20/2018
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Parkland, WA
Explorer | 52 pts
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3/19/2018
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Kihei, HI
Pathfinder | 140 pts
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8/21/2010
This is a heart pumping trail that has quite a few pleasing views. You get some of Halekala, Kahului, Waihe'e Valley (gorgeous), and a couple of waterfalls. It's worth the hike if you want to see a part of Maui you've never seen before. Beautiful views, pleasing ending.

No 'spookiness' to it that I realized. Going on a sunny and dry day is a must, or your views will be little or none.

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DOYLESTOWN, PA
Trailblazer | 833 pts
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6/29/2010
Scary place. Drive up a lonesome single lane road for a while, above the drug gang infested 'west Maui' area to a gravel parking lot that has the tell tale signs of numerous car break-ins [broken auto glass everywhere]. The start of the trail looks like everything is open [see pictures], but a wooden post has been installed across the entrance of the trail. Without the wooden post, everything would seem just fine. But I got a bad vibe about the whole place. I'll bet that there is either a meth lab or pot farm up that trail that is being protected by armed bandits. No way I'm taking my family on this hike. Everything about the place screams STAY AWAY even though all signage points to the trail being open. It it were officially closed, I would expect that all signs would be removed from the main road and at the start of the trail.
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Blossom Valley, CA
Pathfinder | 90 pts
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6/25/2010
Nice hike, with great views of the ocean, mountains and helicopters flying the Waihee River canyon. When we were there, there were several families hiking the trail, lots of cars in the parking lot and there was no "scary" vibe. Nothing spectacular about the hike, but it's a perfect trail to get out for 2 or 3 hours of hiking. It's hard to believe the other reviews are about the same trail.
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Lake Ridge, VA
Adventurer | 201 pts
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5/26/2010
This trail is closed to the public.

I inquired about getting the necessary hiking permit this morning and I was informed that this trail is closed.
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East Highland, CA
Pathfinder | 70 pts
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3/17/2010
good heart pumper going up, nice veiws, well maintained trail.
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Calgary, AB
Explorer | 55 pts
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12/22/2008
This is a great hike with spectacular views. The trail was well marked and easy to follow with a couple of benches on the way and a picnic table at the end. It is steep and slippery in some places – so appropriate footwear is a must. Take water and something to eat as you will work up a sweat on your way up. Looks like a popular hike; we ran into a number of other groups on the trail. Go early before the clouds settle in.
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Boston, MA
Pathfinder | 103 pts
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4/18/2003
Excellent hike. You have to keep in mind that it's an intermediate to advanced one. You go up from around 500 feet to 3000 feet, it's quite steep.
First finding it is easy: There is a sign on the road saying: Wailea Ridge..
You park the car at the bottom of the hill and it is not at Sea level like they say.. the Hike starts at 300-500 feet of altitude at least. The parking is full with broken car windows.. Spooky.. don't leave any valuables in the car...

The hike itself is breathtaking, beautiful sceneries of the ocean and the town of Wailukulu (or something like that)...
They emphasize on the fact that you should not leave the trail..some dangerous pot holes exist and you don't want to be trapped down there.. at the end of the trail there is a table picnic..
Don't forget the Water.. i suggest 1L per person...

Bottomline: one of the best hikes i've done. I retrieve a point because there is no pond to swim in , unlike the Valley Hike (wailea valley) or the 7 ponds hike on the road to Hana.. .
Naim
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hikes on Maui (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
"The Waihee Ridge Trail begins in the rolling pasturelands of the West Maui Mountains. The trail climbs the windward slopes along the crest of Kanoa Ridge overlooking the Waihee Canyon. The path leads through the heavily foliated rainforest to Lanilili Peak. There are incredible views along the way of the canyons, mountain ridges and coastline. The trail is well maintained but portions are wet and muddy."
Suzanne Swedo
"This is a good steady workout, conveniently close to Kahului. There is a surprising variety of scenery for such a short hike, and the views out over the coast are wonderful if the weather is clear, as it is more likely to be early in the morning. Hunting is permitted here on weekends and holidays, so wear bright clothing, but you don’t need to be unduly nervous. Leave nothing in your car at the trailhead. From the parking area at the clearly marked trailhead, go around a gate and start climbing up an old road. It’s dirt for the first few feet, then becomes cement. At 0.2 miles a yellow arrow on a rock directs you to the left (south), leaving the road. Walk alongside a wire fence through open pastureland where weedy, but pretty, bright blue Jamaica vervain blooms in spring."

Trail Information

Makawao
Nearby City
5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5-3 hours
Duration
Year-Round
Season

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