Mauna Kea Climber's Log

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Adam Doc Fox

Adam Doc Fox - Feb 22, 2017 1:20 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2017

Must Have Been Everest  Sucess!

The way the Asians tourists that were shuttled to the top were dressed--In full orange down jumpsuits, rated to -40F.
I parked past visitors center and hiked to the summit at dawn. Beautiful. The mountain was my valentine.


sredfern - Dec 25, 2016 11:32 am Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2016

Amazing day for a hike!  Sucess!

While it was steady rain down below in Hilo, the weather at the Visitor's Center was amazing! I realized I had forgotten sunblock and by the time we got to the snowfields, we were burning badly, so we took a detour over to a parking lot at about 3 miles and bummed some sunblock off the snowboarders and then we hiked up the road for an extra period. it added an extra 1.4 miles to the summit hike, but we took the traditional trail back down. The trail was clearly marked even in the snow. The altitude hit me harder than expected due to an illness I had for the prior 2 weeks. It was an amazing hike with my son!


jeffh25 - Oct 21, 2016 3:40 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2016

HP # 45  Sucess!

Perfect day up top. I drove and then walked. There is a sign asking you not go to the actual summit but it's just a suggestion. I had a 4wd truck, not sure if I needed it or not but I did start to fishtail on some washboard sections before I locked it in.


huskertriguy - Jun 2, 2016 6:23 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2016

Honeymoon Highpoint  Sucess!

Started at 3 a.m., from Onizuka, thinking & hoping it would be enough time to be near the summit for sunrise. My miscalculation.

Summited at 8 a.m., but this included the highly recommended side-trip to Lake Waiau. Beautiful & strange.

My lovely wife drove to the top from the visitors' center (once the road opened) with our rental Jeep Wrangler. It was a relief to not walk back down.

Beautiful day at the summit, slightly chilly, but we came well prepared with layers (perhaps even overly so).

State Highpoint #42


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

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...


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