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mebo1126First high point


Did this when I was 13 years old after a tour of the telescope. Never been sicker in my life from altitude sickness!
Posted Feb 17, 2013 5:35 pm

Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2013


Drove up with some buddies from work, walked to the top on my own. A little cold and windy for the shorts I was wearing.
Posted Jan 25, 2013 3:50 pm

nartrebdrove  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2012


Really convenient way to summit a mountain. Wasn't even crowded; the rangers scared away most folks who didn't have 4x4s. Road proved wide and firm, second gear was sufficient.
Had to stop and catch my breath repeatedly during my wanderings around the summit. First time over 13,000 feet.
Posted Jan 2, 2013 10:49 am

Fletchdrive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2012


mommy moon///
Posted Dec 28, 2012 5:02 pm

CzechMarkAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2012


Great hike. My girlfriend and I were the only people on the trail today. 39 degrees on the summit and splendid views in all directions.
Posted Dec 17, 2012 1:59 pm

utclimberMauna Kea  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2012
A very interesting mountain, with great views of the island and the Pacific.
Posted Dec 3, 2012 10:53 pm

wyomtnladyThe Moon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2011


Drove most of the way on our honeymoon in Hi.
Posted Nov 26, 2012 2:41 pm

MissHMade it to Mars!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2012


Ericd and I started at VIS at 6am after camping on the beach. Summited less than 5 hours later. Windy and dusty, but not as windy as the Rockies (that day anyway). Kind of how I imagine Mars, but maybe Mars in 20 years with those observatories up there! A nice couple gave us a ride back down which allowed us different views than the ascent's and to get the rental back in time so we weren't charged an extra day. Great 24 hours on the Big Island!
Posted Oct 17, 2012 2:44 pm

kevinsaMauna Kea  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2000


Decided to go cool off in the snow after laying on the beach in Kona.
Posted Sep 18, 2012 12:42 am

fastlikeatortoiseMoonscape  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2010


I can see why astronauts were considering using this area to train for the moon landing. The hike is relentless and the terrain certainly doesn't vary. Watching cars drive up and down the road off to your right is a little disheartening but a great feeling of accomplishment. Hiked from the visitor center all the way up but hitched a ride down to save my knees since I had to work the next day.
Posted Jul 21, 2012 12:22 am

AlpinistHumuula Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2012


Hiked up from the visitor's center above the clouds with Mark Z and John E. It was an enjoyable and memorable hike as this is my 50th state highpoint. Unfortunately, the winds were gusting to 70MPH on the summit. Thus, some of my family who drove up did not want to hike up the final summit ridge and I did not get the group photo that I wanted. However, the winds did put an interesting exclamation point on my final highpoint climb.
Posted Mar 6, 2012 5:04 pm

Holsti97Re: Humu'Ula Trail


Woo Hoo!! Congrats George. Now on to the Seven Summits.
Posted Mar 9, 2012 9:50 am

MattKFrom the Visitor Center  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2011


What an awesome hike from the visitor center. Except for a few people that drove to the top, we had the mountain to ourselves.
Posted Nov 29, 2011 3:14 pm

wyomtmanRally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2011


Rental to the top and ran over and touched the summit in the dark, COUNT IT!
Posted Nov 7, 2011 3:18 pm

SocorroThe easy way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2008


Been to the top but it didn´t take much effort. Definitely coming back to do the entire hike. The mountain´s shadow on the ocean is incredible.
Posted Oct 26, 2011 12:45 pm

MMclimbhighHumu'ula Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2005


Climbed the trail under full moon light. We were on the summit for an epic Pacific sunrise. Highly recommended
Posted Oct 7, 2011 2:58 am

xpdaSnow!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2008


It snowed!
Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:24 pm

dspriceEarning It  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011


After two nights of locally brewed beer in the happy little resort town of Kona, the temptation to drive to the top was hard to resist. I wanted to work for it – to feel that I had earned the summit, and I knew that if I drove to the top, I would have to return again some day to do it “right.” Voting against me were my own body, happily relaxed in the driver’s seat of the rented Jeep, and also my hiking partner, Kurt, who wanted to grab a quick picture and race back down for some more Lava Man Red (Kona Brewing Company) before our flight that evening. We settled on a compromise.

Instead of the 6-mile hike (4,600 feet gain) from the visitor’s center, we hiked from the parking area at Mile Marker 5.0 on the Summit Road, elevation 12,000 feet. This compromise option saved at least two hours, and still provided a 3-mile hike (1,976 feet gain) all at the higher elevations of Mauna Kea. We talked to a Park Ranger who agreed this was a good option, and showed us where to cut across from the Summit Road to the Mauna Kea trail. The hike was entirely uphill, and as happy sea-level dwellers, the thin air made this one of the most difficult hikes in recent memory. This is a deceptively miserable climb, especially when the azure waters of the coast are such a short drive away, mocking you for your exertion. “Why not take off the hiking shoes and put the sandals back on? The beer is pretty cold down here…”

Mauna Kea’s views and volcanic geology are intense – well worth the effort (even if you drive up). But don’t take this mountain lightly. If you can run to the top from the visitor’s center, you are one of an elite group of world-class athletes, and you should probably be professionally sponsored. If you hike to the top, you should be steely-eyed, have plenty of food and water with you, and you should be ready for a high-elevation stair-climb that sucks the wind out of you and dares you to earn the summit.

Hitched a ride down. A word of caution: don’t be so eager for a ride that you jump into the first rickety old SUV with squealing brakes that comes along. The drive down can be worse than the hike up if the kind people who pick you up have the Angel of Death in their car as an additional passenger. (Dodged another bullet in the name adventure!)

HP #4.
Posted Jul 18, 2011 5:40 pm

zoomlocorun and swim  Sucess!


run from the visitor's center; hitched down. took a swim in the lake on the way. a cold summit.
Posted Jul 16, 2011 5:28 pm

hikelasvegasdizzy at the top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2004


after we got out of out tour van, we had to climb up 200 ft. MAN, 200 ft. is a long way when there is NO AIR up there... :)
my FIRST HP, #1 for me, # 10 for hubby
Posted Jun 21, 2011 1:36 am

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