Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail in Maui, Hawaii

Waihee Ridge Trail

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful hikes in the country.  The Waihee Ridge Trail does not disappoint. It is a 5-mile moderate trail (round trip) that ascends 1,500 feet through Jurassic-like terrain. One important tip: start your hike earlier in the day; you'll have a better chance of missing the heavy clouds that roll through as the day goes on.

 The entrance does not look like much of a hiking trail. However, once you get past this steep road, you'll find refuge in a canopy of trees.

The entrance does not look like much of a hiking trail. However, once you get past this steep road, you'll find refuge in a canopy of trees.

 The start of the Waihee Ridge Trail. Because of the 1,500 ascent, you will be going uphill for the majority of the hike (until you make your way back down).

The start of the Waihee Ridge Trail. Because of the 1,500 ascent, you will be going uphill for the majority of the hike (until you make your way back down).

 This breathtaking view of the valley is about one mile into your hike. A nice place to stop and catch your breath.

This breathtaking view of the valley is about one mile into your hike. A nice place to stop and catch your breath.

 Another view of the valley

Another view of the valley

 As you can see, the clouds are starting to catch up to us.

As you can see, the clouds are starting to catch up to us.

maui hawaii waihee ridge trail
 The higher you climb, the more likely you'll be walking in the clouds (literally). A fun adventure, nonetheless.

The higher you climb, the more likely you'll be walking in the clouds (literally). A fun adventure, nonetheless.

maui hawaii waihee ridge trail
 A great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy true peace and quiet. Most of the time, it felt as if we had the trail to ourselves. 

A great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy true peace and quiet. Most of the time, it felt as if we had the trail to ourselves. 

 Unfortunately, the clouds beat us to the top! We did not make it in time to see what spectacular view was waiting for us, but we did stop and sit at this picnic table before we made our descent.

Unfortunately, the clouds beat us to the top! We did not make it in time to see what spectacular view was waiting for us, but we did stop and sit at this picnic table before we made our descent.

maui hawaii waihee ridge trail
maui hawaii waihee ridge trail
 If the beach doesn't do it for you, head to the mountains. You'll be sure to find your sense of wonder somewhere in between where the sky meets the sea.

If the beach doesn't do it for you, head to the mountains. You'll be sure to find your sense of wonder somewhere in between where the sky meets the sea.