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Bob BoltonWhiteout conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2009

Bob Bolton

We called the information line in the morning and found that the road had been cleared to the summit. Amazing! So we headed up and found that we were not the only ones wishing to use their holiday to drive up to Mauna Kea. Huge numbers of vehicles, many of them big 4WD pickups being used to haul snow back down the mountain. We finally got to the top where we found fog, high winds, and whiteout conditions. We bundled up, talked to a couple of guys who seemed interested in going with us, invited them to come along even though they weren't prepared. They did want to come along, so we led them over there. Without GPS we wouldn't have been able to find the summit, but with it we found it easily after struggling through the deep snow. Never saw a view, unfortunately.
Posted Jan 2, 2009 1:59 am

Boriss AndeanMauna Kea Summit.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2002

Boriss Andean

Actually Kelly and I drove up to the observatory (4,198 m/13,796 ft), then we started hiking and summiting all of the small peaks of this huge volcano.

We had an awesome time and weather. We didn't know we could find snow in Hawaii, we didn't use eye protection, so Kelly got snow blindness. We drove down to Hilo Hospital were she got medical attention.
Posted Dec 29, 2008 11:58 am

Smithman123Shorts and Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2008

Smithman123

Didn't do the hike, but scrambled through two feet of fresh snow from the observatories just to make a point of actually being at the top. A ranger was watching my friend and I with concern as we had just driven up from Hilo and hadn't bothered to change out of our shorts and sandals!
Posted Dec 4, 2008 4:15 pm

KadeeDrive Up  Sucess!

Kadee

Drove up with my dad. Nice daddy-daughter peak. Plan to return and do the hike.
Posted Nov 10, 2008 9:08 pm

crnhlioGood workout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2003

crnhlio

Great day with family
Posted Sep 2, 2008 10:35 am

TLPGot it done  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2008

TLP

Hiked the Mauna Kea trail, which was great! It was a tough hike mentally, but I made it through. When I was going up the final part of the road, the ranger drove up to check how I was doing. I appreciated that. I was thinking of hitching a ride back down, but I hiked back down as well. All right, 39 State highpoints. There was still a bit of snow left on the final ridge, so I can say I touched snow in HI in June. How cool is that?
Posted Jun 11, 2008 5:08 pm

LeviGreat Sunset!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2008

Levi

While I did reach the summit I cant say I climbed it. My brother, my mom and I drove up from Hilo just in time for the sunset. Going from sea level to the summit in about 2 hours I really felt the altitude. Went down to visitor center and star gazed. Not so much of a climb but it was an amazing trip.
Posted Apr 22, 2008 5:32 pm

I like it on topSand to Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2008

I like it on top

Beautiful day. Interesting to be playing on the beach in 80 degrees, then be playing in the snow in 37 degrees. Due to time contstraints had to drive up instead of hiking but hopefully return again for the hike. Wonderful views.
Posted Apr 5, 2008 5:44 am

SpiceManNo stopping  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2008

SpiceMan

We had to get past the visitor center by 5:30 before they closed the road so we drove up Saddle Road from Kona at about 70 MPH. They told us to acclimate for 30 minutes there!...pah!...we flew through and went straight to the summit. Saw the sunset, it was awesome...look at my pictures.
Posted Feb 24, 2008 4:37 pm

jimeganMAUNA KEA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

jimegan

CLIMBED ON RETURN LEG OF CRUISE TO MIDWAY WITH WIFE AND RAY HARRINGTON
Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:09 am

MountainHikerCOMauna Kea  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2004

MountainHikerCO

We slept in the back of an SUV at the Visitor Center the night before. The visitor center bathrooms (with hot water) were left open overnight. That's high end trailhead camping! The observatories were an awesome sight.
Posted Dec 30, 2007 10:47 pm

SFMountaineerMade it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2007

SFMountaineer

After 3 failed attempts during my lifetime (family members getting altitude sickness, dense clouds) I finally drove up on a clear day with nothing to impede the short walk to the summit. The view was nice...not too much different from where you drive to, but nice to actually bag the summit.
Posted Nov 24, 2007 8:06 pm

dobsonianNo Luck Try Another Time
Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2006

dobsonian

See trip report, a little light altitude sickness did me in so turned around at ~11,700' or so.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 5:40 pm

StarManDecember 2003

StarMan

The Most awesome sunset!
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:33 pm

cdogalone on the trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2007

cdog

hiked up the Mauna Kea trail with my girlfriend, breaking her elevation record in the process. We really enjoyed this hike and how we got a nice workout midway through our ocean-focused vacation. Did not see any other hikers on the trail, but did see plenty of tourists and grad-student-types at the observatories near the summit. Pretty cool! Check out the Kona brewery if you're on the island.
Posted Jul 23, 2007 11:35 pm

rkymtnLast minute decision  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007

rkymtn

My wife and I debated allocating the time to do this. On the last full day of our trip we woke to an unusually clear day and decided to head up. After the summit, we checked out a few observatories - cool. Both the University of Hawaii and the W. M. Keck Observatories allowed minimal entry and had informational posters (W. M. Keck also had a video). Glad we did it.
Posted Jul 20, 2007 9:56 pm

SFMountaineerDrove to the top
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2006

SFMountaineer

Alas, my sister got altitude sickness so I didn't have a chance to walk over to the actual summit. However it doesn't really matter, it is one of the most serene and beautiful places in the world.
Posted Apr 17, 2007 12:17 pm

JPFINN81Mauna Kea Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2007

JPFINN81

This was unreal! The views were amazing and the landscape was out of this world. I felt like I was on the moon, not on a tropical island! The air was thin and the final push was tough, but it was all worth it.
Posted Apr 3, 2007 8:32 pm

atavistams in paradise  Sucess!

atavist

I actually felt some altitude sickness. It doesn't help to go from sea level to the summit in <6 hours.
Posted Apr 2, 2007 11:23 am

Jerry SWelcomed the ride down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2007

Jerry S

Left Kona around 6:30am, arrived at visitor center at 8:00. It doesn't open until 9, but there was a ranger there to provide instructions to the trail head.
After that, it was a pretty straight forward hike to the summit. I took the detour to the lake at 13,000ft, and it was well worth it. Hung out there for 20 min to eat, then made my push to the summit. I was huffing after 12,500, but made it to the summit after a total of about 4:45. Left the summit at 1:00pm, at about 12,500ft, the ranger drove by and offered a ride down, I took it.
Nice hike - the ranger said they get about 5-7 hikers a week, so if you want solitude in HI, this is the one.
Saw two patches of snow covering a total area of about 2ft.
GW
Posted Mar 26, 2007 7:55 am

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