Mauna Kea Climber's Log

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mtncorg - Jan 14, 2010 11:32 pm

It is only a few steps from the road  Sucess!

Drove up and the instant altitude still makes those last couple steps hard. Great views over the Big Island, Mauna Loa and over to Maui. Nice stars - as you'd expect at an observatory - but awfully cold!


strudolyubov - Oct 20, 2009 11:13 pm Date Climbed: May 6, 2004

Mauna Kea  Sucess!

Hiked the trail to the summit from the Visitor Center. Walked the road on the way back. Awesome summit views!


seeksit - Sep 12, 2009 3:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

Second time on the summit  Sucess!

Drove the road both times. Awesome sunset views. Watching the mountain's shadow creep off the clouds below and up into the sky as the sun set was the best part of the show.


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 - 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.


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

Good workout  Sucess!

Great day with family


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

MAUNA KEA  Sucess!



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 - 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 - 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.

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