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bajaandyBeautiful!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011


Nice drive! Fun to "summit" this mountain only a week after one of the Cali 14ner's. Low on fuel, and cap locked on tank caused a vacuum which turned on the low fuel indicator. A bit worried until back on the road to Waimea and gauge began to show fuel again!
Posted Jun 20, 2011 2:37 am

klwagarbeautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2011


and a bit of snow too. A grueling climb :) all fifteen minutes of it
Posted Apr 21, 2011 2:09 am

kteichertHP #23  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2011


Started shortly after the visitors center at parking lot #1. Wasn't too excited about the switchbacks, so I got off the road and went up the ridge. Bad idea. Was scolded by a ranger for endangering the waima bug habitat. Apparently you learn about those at the visitors center, which I bypassed. Oops. He gave me a map and showed me the ice age trail. Summitted. Some snow. Amazing views. Absolutely ecstatic. Got some great pics. Amazing trip.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 1:13 am

Dennis PoulinNice Drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2010

Dennis Poulin

Beautiful day for a drive and short hike.
Posted Dec 18, 2010 8:00 pm

runbyu1Tough Run!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2007


Ran up the trail from the Visitors Center---great trail! Definitely taxing and the Altitude certainly gets to you on top. I always feel it a bit around 10,000, but up above 13,000 is a new level (experienced this a bit on Whitney as well). Took some awesome pics and really cruised the way down---fantastic experience.
Posted Nov 8, 2010 4:00 pm

PJ921016 mile hike (one way)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2010


The actual hiking trail is called "Humu'ula Trail" and starts a couple hundred yards up the street from the Eliison Onizuka Visitor's Center on the left side of the street. I am in decent condition (ran a marathon a couple month's before this hike) and have hiked Mt Whitney and Halfdome and this is not an easy day hike. I'd consider it moderately difficult. The hiking trail is 6 miles (while the road is 8 miles) to the top. The first 2.5 - 3 miles on the trail are the most difficult with several steep sections. The first half of the hike is also through soft sand which made it more difficult to get your footing on the steep sections. I started at 9:15 am and the temperature at the visitor center was 65 degrees. It took me just under 5 hours to reach the summit where the temperature was about 40 degrees (according to their website). According to my Garmin, there's about 4600 ft of elevation gain over 6 miles, with the steepest sections occuring in the first half of the hike. The best way to describe the terrain is a moonscape of lava rocks and sand. There are no trees, so you are exposed to the sun the entire hike. Bring sunscreen and lots of water. I had a 100 oz. camelback and used up all the water by the time I reached the summit. That's when I decided to catch a ride on the way back down to the visitor's center (rather than hike it). Why not? You're in Hawaii for rest and relaxation. Enjoy the ride down!
Posted Oct 29, 2010 2:33 pm

WinterWarlockBeautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2010


Drove to the Observatory area and walked to the summit...first time over 10,000 feet, so definitely felt it.
Posted Oct 25, 2010 2:43 pm

BrookTroutLeipharthitchhike & glissade  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 1986
In 1986, I could not rent a car with fuel injection, so my Asian rental car gave out at 9,500'. I hitched a ride to the top and walked up the snow field. It was warm on top and I glissaded down (have to bring skis next time). HP #19. Got all 50 in 2002.
Posted May 20, 2010 3:17 pm

mrchad9Great tour of the telescopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 30, 2003


Drove all the way up, only intended to spend a couple hours but the staff was so informative and friendly we stayed until after sunset touring the telescopes, learning about the work there, and enjoying the views.
Posted May 9, 2010 3:38 am

bechttFrom Visitor Center  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2010


Had the 4WD but decided to hike the 4600'. Unbelievable views and weather. Plan was a twofer but I managed to make myself car sick driving the one lane road to the Mauna Loa trailhead. Next time.
Posted Apr 1, 2010 10:13 pm

MlaskyFirst thing on the agenda  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2010


First full day on Hawaii activity. Coming from Idaho it seemed appropriate to do the hike first thing before we fully acclimatized to sea level. Hiked from the visitor center. Just a very long hike. Only 1/2 of the nine that started out that day summitted. We started at 10:30 a.m., which is a lot later than we normally do. We adjusted our start time to come down later and closer to the program start for the star gazing at the visitor center. Unfortunately the gazing was a no go because the cloud bank didn't recede lower than the center, which apparently it usually does. Trail up and road down. What a treat to summit the tallest peak in the world, counting all the underwater size of course.
Posted Apr 1, 2010 6:08 pm

NJTripperYeah.. I cheated...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007


... took the tour bus to the top of the road. But I did have to climb the side hill to get to the actual USGS marker! (so... I'll have to go back some day to 'earn it')
Posted Mar 6, 2010 11:44 pm

Misanice stars...  Sucess!


with my mom... great place to view stars...
Posted Feb 24, 2010 5:55 pm

mtncorgIt is only a few steps from the road  Sucess!


Drove up and the instant altitude still makes those last couple steps hard. Great views over the Big Island, Mauna Loa and over to Maui. Nice stars - as you'd expect at an observatory - but awfully cold!
Posted Jan 14, 2010 11:32 pm

strudolyubovMauna Kea  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2004


Hiked the trail to the summit from the Visitor Center. Walked the road on the way back. Awesome summit views!
Posted Oct 20, 2009 11:13 pm

seeksitSecond time on the summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009


Drove the road both times. Awesome sunset views. Watching the mountain's shadow creep off the clouds below and up into the sky as the sun set was the best part of the show.
Posted Sep 12, 2009 3:35 pm

miztflipHumu`ula Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009


Great, easy hike. It felt like the moon. Started at the visitor center and hiked to the summit via the Humu`ula Trail. I also stopped by the lake. 4:10 car to car
Posted Sep 7, 2009 7:14 pm

davebobk470 to 13796  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009


Even though I did 4 14ers in the 2 weeks prior I was a bit lightheaded on the short hike from the parking area to the summit. Amazing what a week at 0ft will do for the acclimatization. Oh, and I drove the road in a Dodge Caliber.
Posted Sep 7, 2009 5:42 pm

ericwillhiteCold in shorts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2006


Ok, it was a short hike up the highest point from the road so I figured I could survive in beach shorts. Boy it was cold for Hawaii! While gone, Park Ranger knocked on window to ask my wife if our infant child was ok. Pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/hawaii/mauna_kea_161.htm
Posted Jul 24, 2009 4:04 am

boisedocstill snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2009


I drove up the road after finishing my hike up Mauna Loa. Mauna Kea was still covered in snow about 13000ft. It was 35 degrees at the summit. Took about 10 minutes to walk to the summit
Posted Mar 31, 2009 10:49 pm

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