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xDoogiexHigh point #25  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2014

xDoogiex

After going snorkeling and watching the sunset on kahalu'u beach I drove up and slept in my rented mustang at the visitor center. The stars were amazing!! Tarted at 4:55. Took 4.5hrs up 2hrs down. When coming down from the summit a worker told me the summit is now off limits. There was a sign but since I didn't see it online I went for it and paid respect to the wonderful mountain and the island gods. Apparently the rock group on the summit is an altar and I didn't know and I thought it was like any other mountain and stood on it for pics and sat on it. I apologized to the person and let him know I didn't know and didn't mean any disrespect. The hike also looks like you are traveling on mars.
Posted Aug 19, 2014 10:16 am

Bob BurdDrive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2014

Bob Burd

Drove up to the telescopes, then went around and tagged all the named 13ers/cinder cones in the area. Great fun. Trip Report.
Posted Jun 13, 2014 12:49 am

pirinxJust a drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2011

pirinx

We did not climb the mountain so it does not count, probably :) We just drove up in our trusty Jeep. It was spectacular, though. One of the weirdest places we have ever been to.
Posted May 2, 2014 4:42 pm

larryNEasy Drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2014

larryN

One hour from Mauni Lani (30 min North of Kona airport) to the visitor center. Then another 15 min in a Ford Fusion rental car. I've only been this high a few times, and expected at least a mild headache. I felt totally normal, except for my heart pounding during the last bit to the true summit. (Perhaps the elevation gain was so rapid my body didn't have time to respond?)

There was some snow on the final short hike, and the wind was blowing at about 0-1 mph in relatively frigid 15 deg C temps (60 deg F :-) After enduring these conditions for over one hour, it was time to return to the tropical beach.

From the Hwy 19 along the West coast North of Kona, head East on the road to Waikoloa Village. When this T's into Mamalahoa Hwy, turn right (SW), and go a couple of miles before turning left (SE)onto the new Saddle Rd, Hwy 200. This road is built to freeway specs, and is new enough to not show up on most maps and GPS's. It is correctly shown on Google Maps.
Posted Apr 19, 2014 10:46 am

David MortensenMauna Kea  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2014

David Mortensen

I drove up with my wife and two daughters. We did the small hike to the summit. It was fun to see some snow in Hawaii.
Posted Mar 29, 2014 4:46 am

vancouver islanderSlow plod  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014

vancouver islander

Tiring plod for unacclimatised flatlanders. Terrific views though and a perfect weather day. Plenty of snow from the lake onwards after 2 days of storms earlier in the week. Dozens of locals taking flatbeds of the stuff down. About 6.5 hours up. Two other groups were hiking at the same time and all took about the same.
Posted Feb 9, 2014 3:25 pm

Paul McClellanNice January Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2014

Paul McClellan

Hiked to the summit from the Visitor Information Station on the Humu'ula Trail. Sunny sky above, clouds below. Windy and cool on the summit. Saw only a dusting of snow behind rocks near the summit.
Posted Jan 18, 2014 2:36 pm

michaelblodgettMauna Kea 13,808

michaelblodgett

Drove up, did't really hike. One of my favorites because my wife came along.
Posted Dec 29, 2013 12:35 am

NickyPHP #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2013

NickyP

Went up with son and brother-in-law.
Posted Sep 27, 2013 7:12 pm

bleakleyyes it does look like the moon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008
Hiked up but hitched a ride down with some astronomers hauling a telescope. Great view, and I was basically alone the whole time- even though it was a 3 day weekend.
Posted Sep 19, 2013 4:24 pm

CharlieRussellSHP #6  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013

CharlieRussell

Went to the big island for our anniversary and to hike Mauna Kea. My wife was not up to the altitude but my 14 yr old son wanted to go up it with me. We drove to the VIC and stopped for an hour to look around. I have never felt altitude the way I did on that mountain! My son never being about 5500 ft, his lack of cold weather gear, and the way we were both feeling at this point convinced me to drive to the top rather than hike it. Boy am I glad I did! The short hike to the true summit after being at sea level for a week was strenuous but well worth the effort! Summit at 12:35pm. clouds below at 5-8000 ft, 40-60 MPH winds, 42 degrees, BRIGHT sunny sky. Took pics, enjoyed the view and headed back down. Aspirin and descent solved the HA and dizziness. Very glad we drove to the top though I did feel like a slacker. Highly recommend camping at altitude prior to this as 13000 of elev gain in one day was way too much for me.
Posted Aug 22, 2013 5:06 am

pingzingrTrail "closed"  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2013

pingzingr

Was planning to hike this but the trail was "closed" for maintenance or some type of conservation study. No worries, took my Mazda rental car straight up the superhighway of hard pack. Good condition road, and took a few pictures of the "4wd only" and "rough conditions" signs at the bottom for kicks.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 6:37 pm

PeakbugMittens in Hawaii  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007

Peakbug

With rkymtn- it was pretty cold for Hawaii.
Posted Jul 7, 2013 5:03 pm

e-docAcclimatize  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2013

e-doc

Planned to summit with my 16yo son. He has never been to altitude but was a strong hiker and young. We made ascent rate of 1000'/hour (hike 50' and rest 10') and he felt well but I noticed him dragging about 12,000'. By the time we got back to the road at 13,200 he felt poorly. i spoke with a ranger driving down from the top, he mentioned another ranger up there who could drive my son if he felt worse. He drove off and then my son then puked. I walked up toward the summit, met the other ranger as he drove down and he offered to take him. I summited and resigned myself to walking/jogging down the road. Fortunately I was picked up by a Chinese family that spoke almost no English. Great mountain. State HP #24. In retrospect we should have driven up and slept at the museum the night before.
Posted Jun 11, 2013 12:35 pm

Paul BurkholderWhat a place!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2013

Paul Burkholder

Hiked up from the visitor center. Saw only 3 other people on the trail. The summit area looks like it could be on another planet. A couple of the buildings are HUGE!
Posted May 2, 2013 12:06 pm

highlandvillagerEnjoyed the night sky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2013

highlandvillager

Started at 3 am with abundant moonlight. Never used the headlamp. Saw a few shooting stars. Only saw one other person (in a car heading down) before summiting under a clear morning sky with clouds beneath. Great way to spend a night on Hawaii Island. HP45.
Posted May 2, 2013 3:10 am

imikeIt be snowin!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2013

imike

odd bit of hike/drive... getting to the top. Supporting a friend on her first big hike since knee surgery in 2012. She ended up not needing the aid... but, I came down with an acute case of the flu, so having the car on top proved useful! Hiked up to 11,600'... back down... drove to top, then drove down close to the 12,000' mark, hiked up to lake. Drove back to peak to enjoy the storm. Odd day... need to go back to experience it without the fever!
Posted Apr 8, 2013 1:05 pm

LinejudgeHP #12  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009
15th Anniversary
Posted Feb 27, 2013 11:37 am

mebo1126First high point

mebo1126

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

bennovakDrive
Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2013

bennovak

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

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