Waihe'e Ridge Trail, Maui ...

This trail is located in West Maui Forest Reserve along the State Highway (340). The parking lot is adjacent to the Mendes Ranch and about one mile or so DOWNHILL from the actual trailhead.

The route is 2,563 feet (780m) high and 2.5 miles (5.6km) long and is uphill for the most part. Each new twist and turn offers spectacular panoramic views of the ocean, rugged peaks and verdant valleys.

Waihe'e means 'slippery water' and this part of the island can get up to 400 inches of rain each year. Dark clouds soared over the ridges during the hike, some offering welcome sprinkles of rain but hiding the beauty below. There are many parts of the path that don't see much sunlight so it is quite muddy and slippery in parts. Although I was wearing proper footwear, I still managed one perfect fall.

Today's goal complete by 10:45am