Waihee Ridge Trail Tours
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Tropical jungle and gorgeous valley views await along the popular and moderate Waihe'e Ridge Trail following an elevated spine in the West Maui mountains. From the ridge you’ll enjoy 360 degree views of the valley connecting Maui’s two halves, Maui’s riotous northern coast and undulating mountains that look as though someone took a massive green satiny cloth and draped it loosely with wrinkles and folds over tall hills. Waterfalls stream between the crevices and from several vantages the trail overlooks multi-tiered Makmakaole Falls, which rains down into a small basin from some 250 feet above.
The just under five-mile round-trip hike starts north of Kahului and ascends steeply from the 1,000-foot elevation at the trailhead to its zenith at Lanailili at 2,563 feet. The well-maintained path meanders over jutting tree roots and its sides are dotted with guava trees, ohi'a and tall ferns. Keep an eye out for native forest birds like the bright red 'apapane honeycreeper. At the end a picnic table offers respite overlooking a mist-shrouded valley. The return follows the same route.
The Na Ala Hele sign-marked trailhead is 0.9 miles inland up Maluhia Road. Find Maluhia Road near mile marker 6.9 off Kahekili (Highway 340) by the Boy Scouts’ Camp Maluhia north of Waihee town. Follow the signs through a small pasture before passing through a cattle-proof gate and entering the forest. The gate is open at 7am and closes at 7pm.
Start early (before 8am) for clearer valley vistas—as the day wears on, moisture condenses into cool clouds that shield some views. Wet weather and muddy conditions are not uncommon.
Address: Kahekili Hwy., Wailuku, Hawaii 96793, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Waihee Ridge Trail
This Maui horseback riding tour is run by real 'paniolos,' the Hawaiian cowboys who make their living by ranching, roping, and riding. Canter across pastures with sweeping views looking out at the island’s north shore, and trek through the West Maui rain forest. This is real ranching and real riding out in the Maui country.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Take in the awesome sights of deadly cliffs and beautiful scenery. Travel in comfort on board air-conditioned mini-bus. Visit famous art galleries and view artwork from local artists. Professional, experienced & entertaining, the best tour guides on the island. Swim at the Fleming beach (optional & weather permitting).
There is a reason why professional photographers don't use iPhones. Maui is a photographers paradise! If you have never learned how to use a DSLR or Mirrorless high end camera, now is your opportunity to learn the island, learn how to take breathtaking photos and have lasting life-long memories. You will come away with understanding the language of photography, correct composition, stunning photographs that will make your friends back home hit the like button all week long. You will visit a few locations very few tourists ever get to see. This includes some moderate hiking. Please bring water, closed toe shoes, a towel, a light jacket and sunscreen.
Taking safety measures
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Waihee Ridge Trail?
The best ways to experience Waihee Ridge Trail are:
- Maui Horseback-Riding Tour
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- 6-Hour Photography Class and Sightseeing in Maui