A hike along the Waihe'e Ridge Trail will take your breath away. Not only does the trail offer views from the sparkling blue ocean in one direction to the steep valley walls in the other, it climbs steeply to it's cliff-top end. If you're really lucky, you'll get a view from the top. But prepare to leave just after sunrise if you want any chance of catching blue skies.
The Waihe'e Ridge Trail climbs through several ecosystems. The route begins along a road that cuts through a bright, sunny meadow. Once you turn onto the trail, Cook Island pine, guava, and swamp mahogany dominate the forest. Tree roots sprawl across the often muddy and slick trail. As you ascend, the trees become smaller and less predominant. Ferns, dense shrubs, and flowering plants take over. All throughout, birds and insects make their home. Listen for bird calls through the fog and watch for their flashy colors as they fly from tree to tree.
Since this trail is heavily traveled and sees a lot of rainfall, there are areas that are severely eroded and slick. Heavy fog and recent rain can make the trail feel especially treacherous. Hiking poles are recommended.
At the top of this hike there is a picnic table and a warning sign near the cliff edge. There are several user paths that continue beyond the signs, but these are especially not recommended in reduced visibility. Enjoy the rare view (or clouds) from the picnic area before returning the way you came.
Note that the road to the trail is gated between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.