Waihe’e Ridge Trail Hike

The Waihe’e Ridge Trail is an excellent hike in North Maui that is not long but incredibly rewarding. The views of the Waihe’e Valley down the Maui coastline are amazing. It is a perfect 2-3 hour hike and one of our favorites in Maui.

 

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

Waihe’e Valley

 

How to Get to the Waihe’e Ridge Trail

The trailhead is just north of Waihe’e town off Kahekili Highway. There is a small road directly across from the Mendes Ranch. Parking is available at the end of the road on the right.

 

The Waihe’e Ridge Hike

The hike starts by walking to where the road is blocked around the side of a fence. There is a short climb up the hill that leads into the forest. The beginning section of the forest can get very muddy if it rains.

 

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

Waihe’e Ridge Trailhead

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

Trail

 

Following the section through the trees, there are a few glimpses of the Maui coastline and the first views into the valley. The views continue to get more impressive the further the trail continues.

 

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

Waihe’e Ridge View down to Lahaina and the Maui Coastline

 

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

Waihe’e Valley

 

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

A Little Yoga Session!

 

The trail follows the ridgeline and has amazing views of the coast. TIP: Check the cloud level before hiking.  The best part of this hike is the views which may be obscured by clouds.

 

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

View off the Ridge

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

Getting Near the top of the Ridge

 

When we got to the summit the views were hidden behind the clouds. Luckily, they started to dissipate when we were about to descend the ridge.

 

 

Waihe'e Ridge Trail Hike, Mauai, Hawaii

Summit

 

Enjoy the hike down. TIP: Make sure to bring sunscreen, as you are exposed on more than half of this hike.

 

 

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