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The Ridge Hike

5-mile hike up a ridge to an incredible view

9am until 3pm

Up to 6 person groups

Door to door service

$600 for 2 people,

$100 each after that

Overview: This 5 mile round-trip hike in lush rain forest of the West Maui Forest promises lush scenery, great valley views and some dramatic ridge-line hiking. The trail ascends 1,500 feet through a lush forest of kukui, guava, ohi’a, and ferns. It goes in cycles of flat and steep areas culminating in a series of switchbacks that lead to the end, a hill called Lani-ili at 2,563 feet. There is a picnic table at the trail’s end where we can enjoy a snack or have lunch. Although this trail is not technically difficult, it does require strong legs and good stamina.

This 5-mile (8 km) round trip trail ascends 1,500 feet in 2.5 miles up Waihee Ridge in the lush tropical forest on the North Shore of the West Maui Mountains. We begin with a walk up a 200-ft cement road that is far steeper than it looks. At the top of the incline, we get our first peak over at Makamaka’ole Falls. Soon we enter a lush forest of kukui, guava, ohi’a, and ferns. Just after three quarters of a mile, we’ll again be treated to an even better view of Makamaka’ole Falls. There are a few other falls we may see on the trail but most of them are far away and buried in the green-draped valleys of the West Maui Mountains. After about a mile we’ll really start to be rewarded with amazing views of the valley. At one point we’re hiking along the very top of Waihee Ridge with steep, deep lush canyons on either side. The trail goes in cycles of flat and steep areas culminating in a series of switchbacks that lead to the end, a hill called Lani-ili. At 2,563 feet we may get a clear view of the valley or we may be treated to a sea of clouds. Either way this is certainly a priceless experience. There is a picnic table at the trail’s end if you would like to eat a snack or have our lunch. From the top we can see ocean for miles and an incredible view down to Wailuku and Kahului along with the deep erosion gorges of The Pu’u Kukui, the Candlenut Hill. We return back down the same path another 2.5 miles