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Waihee Ridge Trail, Maui

Dramatic and always scenic. Hiking the Waihee ridgeline up in the Maui mountains.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  This 4.5 mile round-trip hike in West Maui Forest Reserve promises lush scenery, great valley views and some dramatic ridge-line... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Camp Maluhia BSA

You might find the trail for this hike a little difficult to find, but that's what guides like this one are for.

Don't stop driving yet. You'll find the hike at the end of a paved road off the Kahekili Highway around 7 miles outside (North) of Wailuku. If you need a little more reassurance that you're at the right place, keep a lookout for the... More

2. Trailhead

Pick up the start of the well signed Waihee Ridge Trail and head through the kissing gate and up the hill.

The first part of this hill will be across farm territory before heading into forest. And remember to take a look over your shoulder to admire the many blues of the Pacific Ocean.

3. Forest Cover

Although this hike is located in the West Maui Forest Reserve, you'll only spending it under cover of this mixed patch of trees for a short distance.

4. Valley Views

Leaving the forest behind, the deep valleys of the old eroded volcano of Puu Kukui provide incredible views.

5. Milepost 1

A mile into this hike and you should already be making the most of the great views, and soon you'll be climbing steps and tracing a route along the Waihee ridge, with deep valley drops on either side.

6. End

Just a little further uphill of the second milepost you'll finally reach the end of our trail and the summit of Lanilili Mountain 2,563ft above sea level.

A picnic table crowns this summit, where you can enjoy a rest and maybe a snack whilst enjoying the scenery.