The popular 2.5 mile Waihe‘e Ridge Trail that climbs the windward slope of the west Maui mountains will is temporarily closed again for final stages of improvements. The closure went into effect on March 20th, and continues through April 7th.
The trail was closed earlier this year (Jan. 3 to Feb. 11, 2017) to address issues with trail stability due to wetness, erosion, and other drainage related issues.
Completion of platforms and trail tread work resumes with several retaining walls to be constructed on the switchbacks and upper sections of the trail. If all materials arrive on time, and the weather cooperates, work should be completed by April 7.
The work is being performed by contractor Trails Unlimited LLC, with some assistance from the Maui DOFAW Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program staff. Project cost is $27,000.
Managed as part of the state’s Nā Ala Hele Trails and Access Program, Waihe‘e ridge is one of Maui’s most popular hiking trails, providing hikers with panoramic views of East Maui and the Waihe‘e valley. It has been a favorite of the public as well as other community organizations since it was created in the 1960’s by state forestry staff to plant trees.