Waihe’e Ridge Hike

About five miles IIRC, 1,500 feet in elevation, out-and-back, all-up then all-down. It’s about as typical a Hawaii hike as there is, where “typical” means “average”. Some nice views, distant waterfalls, a lot of green stuff, but nothing that makes you gouge your eyes out when you get to the bottom in order to ensure that no future images will crowd out the unremitting wonder of the sights you just beheld.

I’m wondering if the Valley hike is prettier. I hear it’s easier. And I can’t quite figure out if the “13 crossings” hike is just the valley hike. Probably won’t do either.

(It’s not, I checked. But for some reason it’s hard to find information on “13 crossings”, only random people saying how great it is. It turns out it’s another “great Maui hike” that’s sort of inaccessible because it’s all on private land or some nonsense. And how can anyone in good conscience close off prime hiking trails, insist that you can only access them through a certain company, and then allow people to be charged $125pp just to go on a dumb hike?)

waihee ridge hike

Most of the trail looks like this. And you don't ever make it to the top of the ridge in the distance.

waihee ridge trail on maui

It also mostly looks like this.

cook pines

They have trees like this there. Think they're "cook pines".

waihee ridge waterfall

This waterfall was in the distance -- it might be where you go if you pay $125 or trespass or whatever it is you do with the 13 thing.

waihee ridge view from the ridge

The view from (near) the top.

With jade,

bkd

1 comment

  • telkontar

    So if someday you come to a family reunion with your eyes gouged out, I can assume you have seen the most wonderous sight of your life. But then didn’t Oedipus also gouge his eyes out for a very different reason?

    Mrs. Telk

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