Mauna Kea Climber's Log

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miztflip

miztflip - Sep 7, 2009 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

Humu`ula Trail  Sucess!

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

davebobk47

davebobk47 - Sep 7, 2009 5:42 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

0 to 13796  Sucess!

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.

ericwillhite

ericwillhite - Jul 24, 2009 4:04 am Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2006

Cold in shorts  Sucess!

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

boisedoc

boisedoc - Mar 31, 2009 10:49 pm Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2009

still snow  Sucess!

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

TJ311

TJ311 - Jan 17, 2009 8:12 pm Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2009

Lots Of Snow  Sucess!

Couldn't have had a better day. Long hike in the deep snow left over from the storm the week before. Who knew Hawaii had snow like this? A lot of locals at the top enjoying the snowboarding and skiing.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Jan 2, 2009 1:59 am Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2009

Whiteout conditions  Sucess!

We called the information line in the morning and found that the road had been cleared to the summit. Amazing! So we headed up and found that we were not the only ones wishing to use their holiday to drive up to Mauna Kea. Huge numbers of vehicles, many of them big 4WD pickups being used to haul snow back down the mountain. We finally got to the top where we found fog, high winds, and whiteout conditions. We bundled up, talked to a couple of guys who seemed interested in going with us, invited them to come along even though they weren't prepared. They did want to come along, so we led them over there. Without GPS we wouldn't have been able to find the summit, but with it we found it easily after struggling through the deep snow. Never saw a view, unfortunately.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Dec 29, 2008 11:58 am Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2002

Mauna Kea Summit.  Sucess!

Actually Kelly and I drove up to the observatory (4,198 m/13,796 ft), then we started hiking and summiting all of the small peaks of this huge volcano.

We had an awesome time and weather. We didn't know we could find snow in Hawaii, we didn't use eye protection, so Kelly got snow blindness. We drove down to Hilo Hospital were she got medical attention.

Smithman123

Smithman123 - Dec 4, 2008 4:15 pm Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2008

Shorts and Snow  Sucess!

Didn't do the hike, but scrambled through two feet of fresh snow from the observatories just to make a point of actually being at the top. A ranger was watching my friend and I with concern as we had just driven up from Hilo and hadn't bothered to change out of our shorts and sandals!

Kadee

Kadee - Nov 10, 2008 9:08 pm

Drive Up  Sucess!

Drove up with my dad. Nice daddy-daughter peak. Plan to return and do the hike.

crnhlio

crnhlio - Sep 2, 2008 10:35 am Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2003

Good workout  Sucess!

Great day with family

TLP

TLP - Jun 11, 2008 5:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2008

Got it done  Sucess!

Hiked the Mauna Kea trail, which was great! It was a tough hike mentally, but I made it through. When I was going up the final part of the road, the ranger drove up to check how I was doing. I appreciated that. I was thinking of hitching a ride back down, but I hiked back down as well. All right, 39 State highpoints. There was still a bit of snow left on the final ridge, so I can say I touched snow in HI in June. How cool is that?

Levi

Levi - Apr 22, 2008 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2008

Great Sunset!  Sucess!

While I did reach the summit I cant say I climbed it. My brother, my mom and I drove up from Hilo just in time for the sunset. Going from sea level to the summit in about 2 hours I really felt the altitude. Went down to visitor center and star gazed. Not so much of a climb but it was an amazing trip.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Apr 5, 2008 5:44 am Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2008

Sand to Snow  Sucess!

Beautiful day. Interesting to be playing on the beach in 80 degrees, then be playing in the snow in 37 degrees. Due to time contstraints had to drive up instead of hiking but hopefully return again for the hike. Wonderful views.

SpiceMan

SpiceMan - Feb 24, 2008 4:37 pm Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2008

No stopping  Sucess!

We had to get past the visitor center by 5:30 before they closed the road so we drove up Saddle Road from Kona at about 70 MPH. They told us to acclimate for 30 minutes there!...pah!...we flew through and went straight to the summit. Saw the sunset, it was awesome...look at my pictures.

jimegan

jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 11:09 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

MAUNA KEA  Sucess!

CLIMBED ON RETURN LEG OF CRUISE TO MIDWAY WITH WIFE AND RAY HARRINGTON

MountainHikerCO

MountainHikerCO - Dec 30, 2007 10:47 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2004

Mauna Kea  Sucess!

We slept in the back of an SUV at the Visitor Center the night before. The visitor center bathrooms (with hot water) were left open overnight. That's high end trailhead camping! The observatories were an awesome sight.

SFMountaineer

SFMountaineer - Nov 24, 2007 8:06 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2007

Made it  Sucess!

After 3 failed attempts during my lifetime (family members getting altitude sickness, dense clouds) I finally drove up on a clear day with nothing to impede the short walk to the summit. The view was nice...not too much different from where you drive to, but nice to actually bag the summit.

dobsonian

dobsonian - Aug 20, 2007 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2006

No Luck Try Another Time

See trip report, a little light altitude sickness did me in so turned around at ~11,700' or so.

StarMan

StarMan - Aug 9, 2007 8:33 pm

December 2003

The Most awesome sunset!

cdog

cdog - Jul 23, 2007 11:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2007

alone on the trail  Sucess!

hiked up the Mauna Kea trail with my girlfriend, breaking her elevation record in the process. We really enjoyed this hike and how we got a nice workout midway through our ocean-focused vacation. Did not see any other hikers on the trail, but did see plenty of tourists and grad-student-types at the observatories near the summit. Pretty cool! Check out the Kona brewery if you're on the island.

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