LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – May 2017
Aloha Maui Hikers-
We hope you will be able to join us on May 13th as we hike:
Waihe’e Ridge Trail
We will meet at 8:30am in the parking lot in front of Starbucks at the Queen Kaahumanu Mall. We will carpool from there and leave the parking lot by 8:45 am.
Trail length: 4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate = 3.5/4 of 5
Elevation: 1563 foot gain (1000 to 2563)
Bring: Water and a snack!
We’ll rest at the top before returning back down the path.
Rain jacket — just in case!
ACCESS: From Kahekili Highway (34), turn up the Maluhia Road leading 0.9 mile Mauka to just before Camp Maluhia. A sign on a fence marks the beginning of the trail, which follows a series of right-of-way markers through the pasture before entering the forest.
This trail climbs the windward slope of West Maui 2.5 miles to a peak overlooking Wailuku. It begins just below the Boy Scout’s Camp Maluhia in the pasture and climbs through a brushy guava thicket, a young planted stand of trees and finally into wet native scrub forest. As one progresses up the ridge the view continually changes. First one looks down on the Boy Scout Camp, then into Waihe’e gorge with its dark verdant cliffs, then north into Makamakaole Gulch, and finally at the top one can see Wailuku and central Maui, to the north the Kahakuloa slopes and directly inland Mount Eke can be seen high in the clouds.
The trail is well marked and in good condition although somewhat steep at times. It climbs from 1,000 feet to 2,563 feet in elevation. Boots or good sneakers are recommended for protection and traction. The weather while sometimes beautifully clear is usually overcast at the summit with frequent passing showers. Trade winds blowing inland usually keep the area cool. Although the area is damp there is no drinking water along the trail. Be sure to bring your own supply. There are no facilities along this trail as it was designed for natural environment day use.
Our 2017 Hiking Schedule
(This calendar may change as we find new adventures!):
June 10 Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream Hike
July 8 Poli Poli Forest Trails
August 12 Iao Table Lands Trail (if reopened by then)
September 9 Kapalua Coastal Trail
October 7 Special Pride Hike: tba
October 14 Waihou Springs
November 11 Kahakuloa Ridge Hike
December 9 Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike
This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike.
We hope to see you Hiking!