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Postby Dave Dinnell » Fri May 14, 2010 3:10 am

brochill wrote:I'd go with Mauna Loa. I didn't hit Mauna Kea but the with the road to the top I'd imagine it's a lot more crowded. In 3.5 days on Loa I only saw 3 or 4 people.


There is a trail that you can use to avoid the road (which is dirt and sorta blends in from a distance.) I didn't encounter anyone on the trail on M.K. and only noticed a few vehicles on the road. I left so early in the morning that the Keck Observatory still had it's bay doors open when I summited.
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Postby RayMondo » Fri May 14, 2010 10:25 am

Visiting the great Keck Observatory or even just being at the Site would be an awesome experience. Visitor info:

<a href=http://keckobservatory.org/education/visiting>Visitor Info - Keck</a>
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Postby Andinistaloco » Thu May 27, 2010 11:34 pm

Thanks for all the advice, folks. We decided on Mauna Loa and it was a damned cool hike. I suppose the lava did get a little monotonous but with so many kinds and so much different terrain it was fairly interesting the whole way. Though it's odd going up a mountain that's so gradual and flat that it's hard to tell where the summit might be. Still, the caldera up top was nothing short of spectacular. I'd definitely recommend it.
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Postby lcarreau » Fri May 28, 2010 1:56 am

Who the hell can find time to go to Hawaii ??? 8)


I just made it back from my wife's island in the "Ring of Fire."





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