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Waihee Ridge Trail, Waihee

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  • Park by t he Boy Scout Camp across from Mendez Ranch. The start is the toughest part - 75 degree uphill paved road for about 1/2 mile. from there is is a good hike with a significant elevation gain - ...  more »
  • We hiked this trail rather spontaneously as my wife is into exercise and vacation is no exception and we saw this in one of the free magazines at our hotel. It is a rather steep incline most of the wa...  more »
  • I was expecting a bumpy dirt road to get here, but it is paved..nice! Nice wide well maintained trail with views almost the whole way. We both slipped a few times coming down...if it is raining, or ha...  more »
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  • Very beautiful and scenic hike! Definitely worth the climb up. The trailhead is a parking lot in farm land just off the highway, you begin the hike on steep gravel and paved service road, which leads into the jungle, where the real trail starts. Once in the bush, you get a glimpse of the natural beauty Hawaii has to offer, the trail winds through eucalyptus trees and scenic look outs. Approximately half way up there is a large lookout platform, spectacular views from here. Depending on the cloud cover, this is where most people stop and head back ( heavy clouds move into this valley quickly and prevent any viewing from higher elevations). If you're lucky to get a clear blue sky day, continue on the trail, there is a main lookout platform on top, the trail becomes narrow and full of switch backs as you near the summit. Once at the top there are incredible views of the ocean and valley surrounding it. I'd recommend bringing a backpack with plenty of water and extra food. Proper footwear and sun protection will help also. Wonderful day trip for nature lovers.
  • Great trail. The view from the half-way platform is the best, but the rest of the hike is also nice. Get good shoes (will be partially slippery) and do the track early for good weather. 9ish is good. Plan 3-3.5 hours and there are some steep and exhausting parts. But short enough.
  • So, this trail is labeled as "moderate." But it literally just goes up and up and up! This trail has some serious elevation climbing. That being said, the trail is wide and well marked with mile markers every half mile. While it was raining cats and dogs when we hiked it, I could tell that the views and vistas would have otherwise been phenomenal!
  • A perfect length hike with gorgeous views. The trail is well maintained but slippery in areas. Bring shoes with good treads. We arrived at 1:30PM the last Sunday in January. There were several parking spots open in the top parking lot. The road from the highway to the parking lot is very narrow, but wide enough for oncoming traffic. The hike to the top is just over 2 miles one way. It starts at 1000ft elevation at the parking lot and climbs to 2563ft. My wife in I are in our late 50s and made the round trip in 2hrs, taking several 5 minute breaks for pictures. We hike rather fast compared to most people, so it may take others longer than 2hrs. The temperature was in the mid 70s, just a few degrees cooler than the beach. It was overcast with a few moving patches of fog higher up, but nothing to block the views.
  • Waihee Ridge Trail is not for the faint hearted, this trail will test you to the max but every step is absolutely worth it, with excellent stunning views and a Ascent of 1700 to 2600 feet the scenery just gets better and better. This hike will take you (depending on fitness level) around 2 to 3 hours so allow plenty of time because believe me, you don't want to rush this one. Good hiking boots are absolutely needed for this trail too especially in damp conditions as it gets very slippery and muddy, caution is absolutely needed but if you up to the challenge Waihee Ridge Trail is highly recommended. Happy trails. Aloha
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