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    Waihee Valley

    Wailuku, Hawaii

    Waihee Valley

    Waihee Valley Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "On this family-friendly path, traipse alongside some historic water-irrigation works and cross two swinging cable bridges en route to hidden waterfall pools. This forested hike feels like a real jungle adventure— don’t forget to bring insect repellent!"

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    Pathfinder | 176 pts
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    Wow what a nice ridge trail !!! The view is beautiful!
    Kihei, HI
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    The swinging bridges trail is closed. They built a huge gate so there is no getting thru.
    Delta, BC
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    Excellent trail for families which winds its way through the forest and has added adventure with the swing bridges and stream crossings. Be prepared to get your feet wet!
    Kihei, HI
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    Great fun! An excellent family day. Everyone from my 7-yr-old daughter to my 73-yr-old father-in-law was able to complete the hike (though papa was kinda feeling it at the end). Beautiful and interesting scenery along a shady trail that ends in a crystal clear pool that you can jump into from the top of the dam (I'd say about a 8-10ft drop). A small fee is required to enter the property, and porta-potties are provided at the start, as are snacks and drinks available for purchase. A really great day.
    Boston, MA
    Pathfinder | 103 pts
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    First let me specify that reaching the trail is much easier than the guide books or even let you think.. the map will only confuse you... AFTER YOU REACH THE ABANDONNED CAR, KEEP FOLLOWING THE DIRT ROAD, THE GATE WITH NO ENTRANCE WILL BE ON YOUR LEFT, YOU GO RIGHT AND KEEP GOING.. Very easy, it took us 30 minutes of wandering and wondering to figure it out, since we were following the map of the e-trail.

    The trail is beautiful, with great sceneries, you are walking basically along the stream all the time, and you will have to cross it 4 times, twice on the SWINGING Bridges (ugly themselves, the crossing is fun) and twice through the stream ( shallow).. At the end you can swim in the small pond created by the dam and an affluent river, the water is clean and fresh (do NOT DRINK TROPICAL FRESH WATER, (Giardia and Cryptosporidium). The way back is much faster.. The hike is EASY, no uphill.. I will rate it as beginner.
    YOU WILL LOVE IT... But if you are fitter and really in good shape go for the Wailea Ridge... (read my review over there)..

    Laguna Hills, CA
    Pathfinder | 61 pts
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    A great adventure! This is definitely not your normal tourist-heavy activity. In fact, it's just scary enough to get your senses aroused. Starting with the drive up a dirt road with "No Trespassing" signs and the sight of a poor, native family bathing in the creek at the trailhead, I was wondering if it was a smart idea to have brought my young (7- and 9-year-old) children, and glad that there was nothing valuable in the rental car that I was parking. Hiking up the road was a little spooky also, but beautiful plants and man-made canals made it very interesting. The long, hanging bridges were cool, if not a little scary, especially when my 7-year-old thought it would be fun to make them bounce by jumping up and down. Finally, after seeing a couple of haoles on their way down, we were greeted by a very friendly Hawaiian (extended) family. Fathers and their teenage children were swinging on a rope over a waterfall into the pool below! Of course we joined in, learning from them how to retrieve the rope with a bamboo pole. The water was cold, but worth the dives. To top it off, we got it on videotape! Very cool.

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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    Suzanne Swedo
    "The trail’s informal name comes from the two suspension bridges across the stream. The route is on private property belonging to the company that owns the irrigation ditch that in earlier days supplied water to sugarcane fields. You used to have to contact the company in Wailuku to get a permit to enter (a rule that was often ignored), but now entrance is controlled at a kiosk where you can buy sodas and snacks and sample macadamia nuts. This has been a very popular hike for many years. The swinging bridges are fun to cross and there is a perfect little pool to swim in at the end. It’s on the rainy side of the island, so the earlier in the day you go the better, but expect to get wet anyway. Park in a wide spot just beyond the kiosk and hike up the road to a Y junction with chains across both forks. Step over the chain on the left (south) fork, indicated by a sign. Soon you will begin to hear the water flowing through the ditch on the left. Shortly thereafter you’ll reach a second fork and turn left (south) again, stepping over or around another gate. The road levels out for awhile and you stroll alongside sugarcane and laua’e (maile-scented ferns) to the first swinging bridge. It looks pretty rickety, but it’s firm." Read more
    Day Hikes on Maui (Day Hike Books)
    Robert Stone
    "Waihee Valley is a narrow, stream-fed canyon with steep vertical walls. The trail winds gently through the lush, tropical rain forest and crosses two long swinging bridges over the Waihee River. The hike winds up the canyon past bamboo forests, huge banyan trees and views of narrow waterfalls cascading over the steep canyon walls. Be aware that flash flooding is possible. If it is raining, do not hike in this area." Read more

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