WAIHEE VALLEY'S SWINGING BRIDGES
One of Maui's hidden little treasures is Waihee Valley and its
most notable man made feature, "the Swinging Bridges". To access this
land, which is owned by Wailuku Agribusiness, you're supposed to have a
permit. 244-9750 is the number and you have to visit their Kahului
office for the permit. (I'll betcha not many who go up to Waihee Valley
have a permit.) Waihee Road, located just past the little town of Waihee
on route 340, brings you there. Head up the road about a mile til you
see the "no trespassing signs". Go right , (left dead ends at a gate)
for about 1/4 mile more and park here or if you like me you'll arrive
by bike. (These is a 4" to 5" exposed pipe in the road in this parking
kind of area.
(Don't leave valuables in your car cause, sometimes, da boyz might
help themselves to them....a precaution that should be followed anywhere.)
From the parking area, take a sharp right, you cross
another pipe, a ways further, go around a gate and your on the way through an area
of irrigation canals built by Chinese labor about a century ago, that is
a marvel of engineering, even to this date.
From the "parking' area it is only a mile to the swinging bridges and
another mile to the end of the line. It is in some of Hawaii's most
scenic tropical settings.
In this picture, Matt works his way up the steep leaf covered rocky road.
Crossing a little stream just before the first of the two swinging bridges.
Here I'm crossing the first bridge.
A short rocky section between the two bridges.
The second bridge is a little scary. Its a little higher up and it tends to
live up to its name while being crossed.
Through the mangrove forest.
There are two stream crossings and a couple of sections on the trail that
are "hike-a-bike" parts. Its rooty, rocky and when wet...slippery. Not an
easy ride for beginners. This dry stream area is one of those parts.
The further up the trail (old road) one goes, the narrower the trail gets. After
the second hike-a-bike stream crossing, its single trail to the end
of the line.
At the end of the line, a nice swimming hole awaits the hot hiker/biker.
The summer water temperature here is in the mid 60's (vs. ocean temp..80's)
Don't drink the water!
The view up river from this dam reviews waterfalls descending
cloud shrouded mountain peaks.