Waiheʻe Ridge Trail
Waiheʻe Ridge Trail
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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ihaveabrowndog
Carmel, IN18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Fantastic hike that I'd highly recommend. As a 50 yr old in 'ok' shape, hiking with his two daughters, I'd rate this more as strenuous than moderate. Certainly doable and I wouldn't discourage anyone, but I was pretty whipped and needed a number of breaks. Unrelenting uphill all the way, although as others have stated, the first paved section is the worst. I used, and would definitely recommend trekking poles for the downhill, as well as the slippery and uneven terrain. I had one slip going down, as did one of my daughters...definitely need to pay attention and take care in some sections. Bring lots of water and go early to get the main lot. We arrived between 7 and 7:30 and there were maybe a half dozen cars. To be honest, if we had been stuck with overflow parking, I would have bailed. The hike from overflow to trailhead definitely is not what I would have wanted to sign-up for. Absolutely incredible views though - not to be missed!
Written 18 May 2024
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laclif
Portland, OR4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenic trail, go early to avoid traffic and snag a close nearby parking spot. Overflow parking can add an extra half hour each way to your hike. Go all the way to the top and you will be rewarded. Heights sometime make me nervous but I was able to do this hike without feeling queasy.
Written 20 April 2024
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EliHodges
Mansfield, TX22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Concrete incline from parking lot is daunting and probably the hardest part of the hike. May be intentional to dissuade hikers that can't handle it. Go SLOW. Take many BREAKS. Takes several hours. No restrooms at top or on the hike so plan accordingly. A walking stick is helpful!!! I got a pinched nerve in my lower back from the hike, and I went the full way on first try. My leg turned numb for several weeks until it went away. Know your body's limits. At the top you will find a platform and picnic table. Nice views. No shade at the top. Don't be the jerk playing music while you hike and interrupt the experience for others... Beautiful scenery. Hike is definitely an intermediate ability at the least. Listen to your body. Don't get overheated. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
Written 10 December 2023
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Anthony
United States21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The hardest part of the hike was the beginning climb from the parking lot. After that, not too bad. I'm in average shape in my 30s, so I highly recommend if you're able. Definitely enjoyed the views!
Written 21 August 2023
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DayTrip16075342879
New York City, NY7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We really enjoyed this off-the-beaten path hike through the forest. Finding it was part of the adventure--you have to drive up a very winding, narrow road with stunning views. It's about 1.5 hours to get to the waterfall at the end of the hike but worth it.
Written 7 August 2023
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ron c
Finksburg, MD936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We loved our hike up the trail and return. It started warm and sunny and we went through a cloud and rain at the top only to find beautiful sunny views at the bottom again.
Written 17 June 2023
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Mintchip586
United States92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
On the day we went there were a couple of rainy showers, couple of people turned back due to rain but our group stayed huddled under trees until the rain lightened up after about 15 minutes. Even on a somewhat foggy and overcast day, the view at the viewpoint was spectacular. Steep strenuous start, and after than moderate uphill, however our group turned back after the viewpoint and didn't get to the top. It was amazing to be at the top of the west maui mountains. As others noted, limited parking at the top parking lot, need to arrive before 9am on a Sunday to secure parking. Looked like there was an overflow dirt lot further down, which may add 40 mins to the initial uphill trek. Grazing cows at the beginning (fenced). 2 portable toilets at parking lot (no tissue).
Written 23 May 2023
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Dan S
Kingston, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We arrived in the morning - which I recommend both to secure a parking spot as well as to start before it gets too hot.

This is a beautiful hike in the medium difficulty category. It’s strenuous but not overly difficult for those in relatively fit condition. I’m in my late 50’s, my wife is four years younger, and our 14 year old daughter was with us. We were tired by the time we reached the little observation platform at the end but after a 15 to 20 minute rest easily handled the return descent.

I strongly advise that you bring one water bottle per person- you will need to stay hydrated- as well as a pair of good hiking boots or at least walking shoes with ankle support.

Mind you I saw some people in bikinis and flip flops, but I put that down to the folly of youth.

This hike affords spectacular views and it’s worth going the full two miles to the end.
Written 26 March 2023
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Nic merrill
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Oh dear lord my butt!!! Ya’ll, this was my husbands “one must do” while on this trip so I wore my big girl panties and did it but I should have worn padded panties. My husband is 6’5” and I’m of the Lizzo Fabulous variety. We are not in great hiking form but we figured we would just take it slow and be fine. Sure, we did it…. In 5 hours…. And yea we got great pictures but it’s 6 days later and ouch. Going up, no problem. Beautiful!!! 9/10. Would recommend. (Clouds took away that one point). We made it to the top and the clouds cleared for about 10 seconds for a picture to the right. Going down, dear lord have mercy. People warned us as they were coming down but we just thought our “take it slow” motto would prevail. I saw others slipping and several handprints in the trail. Every single time one of us went to say, “ this part is ok” the mud would take one of our feet and make a liar out of us. So humbling. Now, there were people RUNNING past us. There were people doing it in flip flops. Children doing it. It was clearly an “us problem” but we were not prepared. Poles are a must(we did not have poles but wish we did). If it’s raining…. Just no. In fact, it wasn’t raining…. Just constantly wet from clouds rolling in. My favorite part… the cows at the entrance.
Written 2 March 2023
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MeT1nT2
Battle Creek, MI210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I don't have a ton to add from other reviews. We went early and walked a mile and a half of it in then turned back. At that point we were in a cloud and didn't have great visibility, otherwise we would have kept going. We are in good shape and didn't find the hike to be technically difficult but the surface is clay and it gets wet and slick, we both slipped once on the way down.

There are a few narrow gates you have to go through (I think to keep cattle off the path... but they could be challenging for larger people I think.

The views were fantastic, and the path is well maintained, even just hiking a mile of it I think would be worth it and you'd minimize risk of falling.
Written 14 February 2023
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