I had no idea of where my friend Theresa was taking me. I only knew that I was going hiking and we’d be gone about 4 hours.
The day was sparkling. Really, how else would you describe a perfect day on Maui? The island was vibrant with color. And after experiencing the zipline last week, I was ready to meet the challenge. Though until we were standing at the bottom of the Waihe’e Ridge Trail, which started with a steep 200-foot cement road, I had no idea of what that challenge was going to be.
After crawling up the concrete road (well, if it had been any steeper I may have) you veer off onto the trail and you keep going up, and up, and up for 2.5 miles, until you can’t go any farther and you are standing in front of the END OF TRAIL sign.
The entire hike had incredible views of the island. Last week from the zipline I could see the West Maui Mountains; now here I was looking back towards the Piiholo Zipline and Haleakala.
On our journey we met some hikers visiting from Montreal. One claimed she wasn’t a workaholic (yes, that is one of my first questions now when I meet someone) but her friend set her straight. Apparently she was in denial. We immediately bonded, not because we are both workaholics, but for our love of Maui and France.
I know this sounds a bit banal, but it was awesome standing on top of that hill.
A hill. That’s what the guidebooks call it, but I swear it was at least a small mountain!
We started the walk in the sun and ended it with a pleasant rain. It took Theresa and me three hours to complete the 5-mile round trip hike. And I’d happily do it again.
Any suggestions of other things I might do? Don’t even bother saying I should go swimming with the sharks!
Note: Once I got home I looked up the Waihe’e Ridge Trail online. Some sites say it is 4.5 miles round trip, others state 5 miles. Obviously from my above posting I’m going with the 5