Heading up the Waihee Ridge Trail
The Waihee Ridge Trail is located on the north short of West Maui, about a 20 minute drive from Kahului. If you are driving from Kahului the trailhead for this hike can be reached before Hwy 340 becomes a highway in name only. (Just past the trailhead to the Waihe’e Ridge Trail the two-lane highway becomes a single-lane road that snakes along the coast line.)
Waihe’e Ridge Trail
The trailhead for the Waihe e Ridge Trail is at the road for the Maluhia Boy Scout Camp, just before the mile marker along Hwy 340. There is a place to park your car just off 340 or you can drive to the trailhead, another 9/10 of a mile up this road. This trail starts at about 1,000 ft above sea level and climbs to a hill called Lani-lini at 2,563 ft. Basically, as soon as you get out of the car you are starting to walk up, more or less until you reach Lani-lini. This trail will get your heart pumping and your calves burning.
This trail is best attempted early in the morning. You’ll find it to be an easier climb before it gets too hot, particularly as you start the hike (it gets cooler as you get higher). Also, later in the morning clouds can move in, diminishing the stunning views that are to be had along this trail. Speaking of views, you’ll see Makamaka’ole Falls, the lush Waihe’e Valley, and in the distance Haleakala, whose peak was poking out of the ring of cloud around its base.