Maui: Waihee Ridge Trail

We revisited one our favorite hiking trails on Maui…the Waihee Ridge Trail. This is probably our fifth time hiking this trail in the past few years, but the views never get old! This time around we didn’t plan to hike the entire trail. Our intent was to play around with our mirrorless camera and practice our photography skills! It was also cloudy and gloomy out with a high chance of rain – so we didn’t want to stay too long.

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The trail begins with a 200-foot cement road that is much steeper than it looks. It will have you huffing and puffing before reaching the top – but don’t worry, the rest of the trail won’t be as steep.

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While walking up the cement road don’t forget to look back at the view of the ocean and the cattle grazing in the distance.

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At the top of the cement road, we reached the trailhead sign and a stack of walking sticks underneath it. We didn’t take any of the walking sticks – but they would’ve been useful trekking through the slippery and muddy path that lied ahead of us!

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The trail was super wet and very muddy at the beginning of the forest path. It definitely required a lot of concentration and balance to get through without falling. Did I mention it starting pouring right before we made it to the forest?

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As we continued deeper into the forest, the path became narrower and steeper.

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About three-quarters of a mile, we reached a lovely view of the Makamakaole Falls. With all the rain that morning, the falls were raging!

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This is only a sneak peak of the amazing views you will be rewarded with as you continue up higher. The trail will continue along the ridge shown on the left of the above photo.

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Beautiful view of Wailuku/Kahului and Haleakala out in the distance. You can even see a little bit of Kihei/Makena from this point too (see upper right-hand corner of the photo above)!  Everything is so lush and green.

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Admiring the view.

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Further up the path you will be rewarded with a better view of Iao Valley. You can even hear the stream from up here!

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Huge spiders dwell within the plants.

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Wild orchids can be found on the trail as well!

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We only planned to hike up the first “hill” on this trip (shown on the right). If you plan to hike the entire trail, continue on to the second “hill” covered by the clouds on the left of the above photo.

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Parts of the trail were still very muddy! So bust out your walking sticks or prepare to have wet feet if you visit on a rainy day! We wore hiking boots, so we managed to make it through without getting water in our shoes!

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Again, don’t forget to look back once in a while to admire the view!

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Can you see the people on the ridge?

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Made it to the bottom of the stairs!

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We made it to the top of the steps and snacked on some beef sticks before heading back down. The gloomy clouds were moving our way so it gave us more reason to turn around at that point.

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Obligatory shaka hiking photo.

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One last look at this view.

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Into the dark woods.

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This was the hard part of the trail…walking through the slippery and muddy path downhill without falling. We made it through the forest slipping numerous times – but not falling on our butts! Anywho, it was a nice day hike and a successful photography day for us! I hope you all enjoyed our hiking photos. Aloha!

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