A bit hazy that day, but otherwise everything I imagined...thin air and all. Drove to the top and walked the last few feet.
Went to the big island to explore the lava flows. Hiked out to currently active caldera, which was in a pause between surface lava flows. Day hike turned into overnite, slept on ground warmed by subsurface active flows. Hiked from west side road access east then south to destroyed visitor center near the coast. The hike really tore up the vibram soles on my boots:)
Side trip drive to Mauna Kea. Summit hike with sandals.
Came on my honeymoon, took a jeep all the way to the top, very cold, but great views where there wasn't fog. Looked a bit like another planet in places.
I hiked up from the visitor's center at 9300'. Poor planning on my part. I was headed to Waipio Valley and planned to buy sunscreen in Hilo, but realized I didn't bring my good camera, so I figured I'd do Mauna Kea instead and just use my iPhone camera. Because of that, I didn't buy the sunscreen, then proceeded to climb 4500' up the southern face of the mountain in the late morning. My ears suffered badly; please let me serve as a warning, not to climb without sunscreen.
Hiked up to watch the sunset and took the offered ride down by a ranger
Beautiful... hiked down in the dark
Hiked from Visitor's Center. Sunny, warm, deathly quiet on the hike up through the Mars-like landscape. Great views, slightly windy and cooler on top!
Gorgeous hike up Mauna Kea. Reached the observatories at sunset--best star gazing of life!
Drove to about 10,000 feet but rental car would not go higher. Got on the trail and hiked through fogged in morning to the lake, as clouds cleared, then on to summit. Could see all of Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe. Too exhausted after descent to camp at state park in the saddle so retreated to a motel in Waimea.
did not realize it was 5 hours going up?
Almost 14,000' and on top of the Pacific. Would have stayed on top longer but my wife was ready to head down.
Super pretty up there. The drive is not bad on the gravel as long as you don't go wild driving down. We kept it really short to avoid adverse affects on the 10 years old.
Pleasant blue skies at the top, great weather--gave a ride to a family who hiked from vistors center, don't bother, it's too hot and exposed--rented a Jeep and drove to top--no problem, nicely maintained road and short hike to summit from there
Great highpoint. And it’s a lot easier if you drive the road. Lake Waiau was an interesting side trip; Yax Trax were really helpful getting to the lake.
Hiked up and back from visitor center at 9200 ft level. 3h56m up. 2h45m down. Nice weather until descended into the cloud deck and drizzle at about 11K feet. I'm grateful the deluge waited to start until I was in the rental car! Saw no one on the way up and only five people on the way down. HP #46!
Walked up from the observatory road. Was yelled at by a ranger for cutting cross-country to get on the trail (didn't see the TH at first... it was dark!), but I don't blame him.
Alpenglow on Pu'u Wekiu (the summit cone) was incredible.
Insane views. One of the best
Not only was this my 49th State HP, it was also my 200th CoHP, my 1000th unique ascent on Peakbagger, and my 700th ascent of peaks with at least 300' of clean prominence. And I got to share the experience with my wife, which was awesome.
I just happened to be in Hawaii, so... I started at the Visitor Center, so it counts.
Went up to the summit area three times on our trip to HI last week - once via car on 4/13/17, then went for one of the sunset/stargazing tours on 4/15/17 and then did the hike from the Visitor Center 4/16/17. We had the entire trail to ourselves that day. Very well marked and easy to follow to the summit.