Mauna Kea Climber's Log

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radbb - Jan 21, 2019 8:09 pm

Re: Honeymoon Highpoint

did not realize it was 5 hours going up?


McCannster - Apr 18, 2016 10:46 am Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2016

State HP # 31  Sucess!

Was a balmy 55 degrees on the summit. This was way cooler than I was expecting. Weather was perfect.


gimpilator - Mar 25, 2016 3:07 pm Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2016

Hiked up from Onizuka  Sucess!

We also went to the top of the following: Kilauea, Pu'upua'i, Mauna Ulu, Puu Huluhulu, Pu'uwaiau, Puu Hau Kea, Puu Kea, Pu'uhau'oki, Puu Poliahu, Puu Kalepeamoa, Kilohana, Mauna Loa.

For pictures and videos see the full trip report.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Feb 15, 2016 9:43 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2016

Run from Onizuka visitor's center  Sucess!

Ran up the road to the summit (hiked steeper parts), and around the observatory complex. Tried the trail downhill a couple miles before rejoining the road. Beautiful morning with few people around with great views. Totally dry- no snow around. I felt so small, and grateful to be able to do this.

4hrs car to car from the Onizuka visitor's center. A little more than 18 miles and ~5,500k feet climbing in total.

Returned by car with the family from Kona that afternoon to see the sunset from the top!


patascent - Jan 24, 2016 6:48 pm Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2016

Offerings to Madam Pele  Sucess!

Gorgeous day on Mauna Kea. Started hiking at the Onizuka Visitor Center with my boyfriend Chris and his brother Randall. The elevation turned out to be too much for Randall since he now lives in Kona, but Chris and I made it to the summit in 5 hours. Our offerings to Madam Pele, 2 rocks from the Pololu Valley, my flower lei, and a double splash of Tanqueray. The valley below was a sea of clouds but it was clear and warm on the summit, probably about 45F. The crux for us was clearly hiking the mile section of pavement near the top. Chris said the road had 27 cracks in it. We saw 3 other hikers the day we climbed and caught a ride down with a hilarious couple from Texas, Ed and Dell. My first trip to Hawaii, but not my last. My 10th state highpoint of the highest 12. Still need to visit NV and NM.


Jow - Oct 28, 2015 2:15 pm Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2015

#32  Sucess!

Hiked during our 10yr anniversary vacation. Perfect weather. Slightly tougher than I thought the altitude kicked my butt just a bit. Anyways #32 state high points in the books


siekkid - Oct 28, 2015 9:49 am Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2015

Honeymoon High Point!  Sucess!

Witnessed a beautiful sunset from the top of Hawaii for my 27th state high point!


Marlin - Sep 19, 2015 1:59 pm Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2005

Highpoint #3  Sucess!

Parked at the Visitors' Center and hiked to the summit. Passed where ancient Hawaiians quarried stones for their adzes. Unfortunately, vandals thought it was acceptable to spray paint their names at this National Historic Landmark. Previous visitors to the summit left offerings to Madam Pele, the fire goddess. Unworldly landscape; that's for sure.


MJS - Aug 30, 2015 11:37 am

We Didn't Know It Was A Highpoint, The Real First!  Sucess!

Back in 1986 while on our honeymoon, my wife and I were looking for something different to do other than lay on the beach or the normal tourist stuff. Back then we had never heard of the U.S. Highpoints, much less knowing that we were standing on top of one of them. Almost 30 years later we don't remember much other than we weren't properly dressed, the temperature at sea-level was around 90-degrees, and the temperature on the summit was well below freezing with the wind-chill. Needless to say we didn't stay very long.


teddycricket83 - Aug 9, 2015 2:49 am

love the Hawiian Snow  Sucess!

shoulda brought the skis instead of the snorkel


ericd - Jul 28, 2015 3:17 pm Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2012

No lava   Sucess!

Camped at Stanley beach the night before. 5hr hike up to the observatories at the summit and across crater. Sunrise and an ocean breeze made this climb unique.

Puma concolor

Puma concolor - Jul 25, 2015 9:03 am Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2009

State Highpoint #44  Sucess!

Reached the summit via an eight-hour round trip hike from the Visitor's Center. Short stay on the Big Island of Hawaii ... I spent three days in Kona with the sole purpose of climbing Mauna Kea.


Jenniferzivic - Jul 21, 2015 12:55 am Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2014

Adventure Travel Gal  Sucess!

On vacation and decided to climb to the top! #3


chilkoot - Jul 15, 2015 1:57 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2015

HP #47  Sucess!

I'm running out of state highpoints to climb, but this sure was a beautiful one.rook my 16 year old son with me so I had someone to chase. Beautiful weather with clouds filling in the valley along the Saddle Road. Raining in Hilo, but blue skies on Mauna Kea. We were well aclimatized from climbing Mauna Loa last week, so we could really enjoy the home today.


DarrenKnezek - Jul 13, 2015 10:58 am Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2008

Snorkeling and Mountaineering  Sucess!

Went on a vacation and climbed the state highpoint as well as many days snorkeling.

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Jul 5, 2015 9:54 am Date Climbed: May 9, 2015

nice view  Sucess!

Quick visit on this peak. It's a bit unclear if access to main top is allowed, tolerated or forbidden though not "officially" sunce it's a free country.

A good place to think about big bang en so on...

bruno baaschung


Baarb - May 31, 2015 10:22 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2015

Some place  Sucess!

A magic all of its own.

mlu - Jun 15, 2015 7:11 am

Re: Some place

Dear All,

I will be on the big island for a few days, and planning to do some hiking. Do any of you know if it is possible to climb to any of the peaks during the night to catch the sunrise? I did this on Mt. Fuji a few years ago and it was unforgettable...


Musisca - May 29, 2015 5:10 am Date Climbed: May 27, 2015

Highpoint #9  Sucess!

This was a challenging, but worthwhile hike. The drive to the VIS was cloudy and misty and I wondered whether I'd be wet on my whole hike. At about 10,000 feet, I burst through the clouds on the trail to see a primal landscape filled with multicolored craters and fields of igneous rock. The altitude is the biggest challenge here, especially if you're in Hawaii for any period of time. I'd recommend acclimating a little at VIS before starting and giving yourself plenty of time to ascend. I got to the summit in about 5hr 15min while taking pictures and resting. It took me only 2:30 to get back down. This hike is worth the effort. Bring 5-6 liters of water, plenty of snacks and something warm for the summit.

jdub - May 28, 2015 2:39 am Date Climbed: May 25, 2015

Great conditions; late start  Sucess!

Celebrated Memorial Day with an earnest 1st attempt on the summit of Mars-a Kea...I mean Mauna Kea. Weather was perfect maybe even too hot but hey that's better than snow and ice. Warning: do not leave the VIS at 12:48pm with a goal of reaching the summit and making it up and back on foot in daylight - unless you're faster than me. Really didn't think I'd have time to get past Lake Waiau but when I saw the dome of the lower observatory the adrenaline kicked in and I went for the summit. It was already 5:15 when I left the lake. Hit the summit at 6:30 pm. Final tally: 5 hours and 42 minutes up with a total of 80 minutes resting time, 262 minutes hiking. But hey, I made it. Took the road back down in twilight - jogged the first 3 miles in about 45 minutes and then obliged a ride from some youngsters in a jeep as blackness fell and I was reaching for my headlamp. Some notes for future 1st timers: WATER! I went through 5.5 out of 6.5 liters. ALTITUDE! I rested every 30 minutes for water and to let my breathing adjust. TRAVEL LIGHT! My pack was about 5lbs too heavy. And dress in layers - I got that part right. FOCUS! Humu'ula Trail is monotonous, steep, the footing is not great and, yeah, it looks like Mars probably does. But the reward is worth it.

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