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Bob BurdObservatory Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2014

Bob Burd

Standard route up the Observatory Trail, then visited 1949 Cone and 1940 Cone, then across the crater. Trip Report.
Posted Jun 13, 2014 12:50 am

Fletchobservatory trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012


pretty good little hike when you're hungover...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 5:03 pm

utclimberObservatory Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2012
Very unique place, with an unbelievably large crater. Round trip time was 5 hours, 10 minutes from the car.
Posted Dec 3, 2012 10:57 pm

MikeyBObservatory Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011


Very cool hike over lots of old lava flows. Getting above the clouds was a sureal experience. Had the mountain and route to my self.
Posted Aug 17, 2011 11:21 pm

Dennis PoulinObservatory Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2010

Dennis Poulin

Nice hike. I was alone on the mountain today. It took longer than I thought it would. Lots of rock hopping. Beautiful day.
Posted Dec 18, 2010 8:01 pm

LakesideHikerObservatory Trail
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 1979


Left Kona on a Friday night and camped at the Observation Trailhead. Went to the top the next day. Altitude sickness was the order of the day and night. Great view and hike.
Posted Jan 31, 2010 4:46 pm

Jesus MalverdeObservatory Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2009

Jesus Malverde

An ono pupu for the the peak bagging g-spot of your soul. Recommend sleeping higher up to acclimatize for this one. I slept at the radio transmitter towers at 8900 feet (more privacy and off the road). Taking 4 liters of water is recommended as well. 7 hours 20 minutes round trip in a bizarre and very interesting place. Enjoy!
Posted Dec 17, 2009 11:07 am

boisedocobservatory trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2009


hiked up the lava fields from the Observatory. Pretty barren. Hiked on snow for the last 2.5 miles about 13000 feet, resulting in a sunburn on the back of the knees that I had not expected. Coming up from sea level in one day, this is a good way to see if you are prone to mountain sickness
Posted Mar 31, 2009 10:58 pm

farrisglCamped just below the summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1992


Took the observation trail, camping just below the summit. What a spectacular night view of the star. Appeared so close you could almost touch them. Received light snow in the middle of the night as well. I need to go back some day in the near future and climb via the Mauna Loa Trail and again camp out on or near the summit.
I highly recommend this mountain.
Posted Mar 21, 2009 2:46 pm

Bob BoltonMauna Loa Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2008

Bob Bolton

During a week of unsettled weather on the Big Island, my buddy Duane and I felt rather lucky to attempt this one when the mountain was bathed in sunshine while Mauna Kea was covered with clouds. The snow line was just below the weather observatory, but we were able to drive all the way to the parking lot. The "trail" lived up to its reputation of being difficult due to the lava, but the snow seemed to make it even more difficult. The GPS guided us to the summit, although it was impossible to tell from the view. It got dark about 30 minutes before we were able to get back to the car, so we had to find it in the dark. Thank goodness for GPS! Tough day!
Posted Jan 2, 2009 1:47 am

NiederbayerApril 2000 - Mauna Loa Trail


made it to rim of caldera - feels like walking on Mars - no vegetation, no birds or insects, just rocks and no other sound except the wind - unfortunately clouds blocked views
Posted Feb 23, 2007 7:53 pm

Dan the JonesNever made it
Date Climbed: Jan 23, 2005

Dan the Jones

What a geologic feast. Had to turn back due to time restrictions, but want to go again.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 3:41 am

NanitaDTrail from the weather observatory  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 22, 1998


Amazing, spectacular and unusual peak. My new tennis shoes were shredded on the sides from the sharp volcanic rocks.

Posted Apr 1, 2006 1:44 pm

fieldbioSimple and Sweet


nice hike, amazing landscape
Posted Mar 24, 2006 10:56 pm

Mountain JimVery interesting mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 1998

Mountain Jim

Via Observatory Trail. From a geology standpoint this is one of the most interesting mountains anywhere ... a raw, unfettered volcanic landscape.
Posted Mar 11, 2006 4:22 am

KalamaRed Hill and Observatory January 26th, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 26, 2006


First went solo Red Hill route. Raining horizontally + 30 mph wind. Retreated and drove to Observatory route. TONS of snow starting at 12,000 ft. 23 degrees inside summit cabin. Nalgenes frozen in morning. FUN!!!

Paul Kaye
Posted Feb 14, 2006 9:15 am

SkydiveKenRoute Climbed: Observatory trail Date Climbed: December 5,2005  Sucess!


Sunday morning to the cabin, low water at the hole but clear water in the tank. Awesome sun rise on Monday. Very cold hike to the summit. Gloves and a hat the whole way. This is a very big and lonely place to have all to oneself for two days. I will come back some day to explore the crater and maybe hike all the way arround it.
Posted Dec 7, 2005 2:13 am

shknbkeRoute Climbed: Observatory trail Date Climbed: July 26, 2005  Sucess!


Took the easy dayhike from the weather observatory at 11K. Distance can be covered quickly, but it takes quite awhile to gain elevation as it is very gradual. A 2.8 mile hike still remains after you reach the rim at ~13K'. The crater is awesome.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 9:36 pm

nvllifiedRoute Climbed: The traditional route Date Climbed: October 2003 and 2004  Sucess!
I've hiked Mouna Loa twice with my father. The first time was our second backpacking trip. It was freezing in the early morning (well, freezing for a person who lives in hawaii) I climbed up read hill the first day in 2003 to take sunrise pictures (it was windy and cold!) perfect weather that trip. The second time we wanted to descend via the Ainapo trail... but at the summit we experiance hail and thunder so we decided to decend a more familiar route. Mouna Loa will always remain my favorite mountain, and my time spent there charished. Mouna Loa has always captivated me as a child... the start of my obsesion of gaining altitude! If you go to hawaii do Mouna Loa and call me! because I want to come too!

p.s. For those of you who've done the Mouna Loa aren't those 20 miles from the caldera lip to the cabin the longest twenty miles of your life! (well... 2 miles actually.. for those who've not yet experianced the distortion in time and space)
Posted Jul 8, 2005 8:29 pm

SkydiveKenRoute Climbed: Observatory Trail Date Climbed: August 2 2004


Only went to the cabin. Rained from 3pm til late the next day. Truly an erie expierence in the rain and fog. Shared the cabinthat night with an altitude sick hiker who came in late and soaked to the bone. Talked him into returning with us and gave him a ride around the island to his car.
Posted Jul 4, 2005 1:30 am

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