Mauna Kea Climber's Log

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Arogainer - Apr 30, 2015 9:27 am Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2015

Sea to summit  Sucess!

Started Hilo Bay 3.40am. Jogged up Saddle road to junction at 10.30am. Left mist and rain behind, got to Visitor centre 12.30pm, took a 30min break. Headed up the trail reaching summit at 5.40pm. My wife drove up and met me there, we stuck around for a beautiful sunset then my chauffeur drove me back down. Had a shower and slept very well that night!


asaking11 - Apr 29, 2015 6:25 pm Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2015

Ran to the top  Sucess!

I was lucky to get nice weather to the top. I made the run in 2:48 up. Awesome views at the summit after being in the clouds for most of the way up. I made it just before sunset, then ran down in the dark, it took me 1:56 to get down.


Holsti97 - Apr 2, 2015 11:11 am Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2015

HP #49  Sucess!

Beautiful at the summit. Many native Hawaiians were there protesting the plans to build another observatory near the summit.


Moogie737 - Mar 5, 2015 4:36 pm Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2015

It does snow in Hawaii  Sucess!

Believe it or not this was one of the most challenging state high points I have yet done. Sleet and heavy snow accompanied by often driving winds obliterated the Humuula Trail and made route finding with limited viz , shall we say, interesting. Snow total on the true summit was 8 inches when I hurriedly departed. :)


kevinhansen - Jan 7, 2015 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2014

Sun Rise was perfect  Sucess!

Much like the post below, we were lucky to hit the top between the heavy winds. Two days before the winds was clocked at 80MPH. We left our condo at 4:30am to be at the summit about 20 minutes before the sun rise. Temps were just below freezing and a slight breeze, maybe 15MPH at the most. We were joined by a few locals and other from the main land. YOU DO NOT NEED A 4WD TO GET TO THE SUMMIT!!! My Geo Metro would have been just fine. Hawaii you should be ashamed calling that road 4WD. It is always open too.


Tonka - Jan 5, 2015 1:30 am Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014

Lucky day between snow and wind.  Sucess!

Did the full hike on a blue-bird day but the wind was steady with cool temps up high. We were surprised at how well we went from sea-level to almost 14k and back with such little issues. With the new Saddle road you can get here (TH) in an hour or so from almost anywhere.


xDoogiex - Aug 19, 2014 10:16 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2014

High point #25  Sucess!

After going snorkeling and watching the sunset on kahalu'u beach I drove up and slept in my rented mustang at the visitor center. The stars were amazing!! Tarted at 4:55. Took 4.5hrs up 2hrs down. When coming down from the summit a worker told me the summit is now off limits. There was a sign but since I didn't see it online I went for it and paid respect to the wonderful mountain and the island gods. Apparently the rock group on the summit is an altar and I didn't know and I thought it was like any other mountain and stood on it for pics and sat on it. I apologized to the person and let him know I didn't know and didn't mean any disrespect. The hike also looks like you are traveling on mars.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Jun 13, 2014 12:49 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2014

Drive up  Sucess!

Drove up to the telescopes, then went around and tagged all the named 13ers/cinder cones in the area. Great fun. Trip Report.


pirinx - May 2, 2014 4:42 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2011

Just a drive  Sucess!

We did not climb the mountain so it does not count, probably :) We just drove up in our trusty Jeep. It was spectacular, though. One of the weirdest places we have ever been to.


larryN - Apr 19, 2014 10:46 am Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2014

Easy Drive  Sucess!

One hour from Mauni Lani (30 min North of Kona airport) to the visitor center. Then another 15 min in a Ford Fusion rental car. I've only been this high a few times, and expected at least a mild headache. I felt totally normal, except for my heart pounding during the last bit to the true summit. (Perhaps the elevation gain was so rapid my body didn't have time to respond?)

There was some snow on the final short hike, and the wind was blowing at about 0-1 mph in relatively frigid 15 deg C temps (60 deg F :-) After enduring these conditions for over one hour, it was time to return to the tropical beach.

From the Hwy 19 along the West coast North of Kona, head East on the road to Waikoloa Village. When this T's into Mamalahoa Hwy, turn right (SW), and go a couple of miles before turning left (SE)onto the new Saddle Rd, Hwy 200. This road is built to freeway specs, and is new enough to not show up on most maps and GPS's. It is correctly shown on Google Maps.

David Mortensen

David Mortensen - Mar 29, 2014 4:46 am Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2014

Mauna Kea  Sucess!

I drove up with my wife and two daughters. We did the small hike to the summit. It was fun to see some snow in Hawaii.

vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Feb 9, 2014 3:25 pm Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014

Slow plod  Sucess!

Tiring plod for unacclimatised flatlanders. Terrific views though and a perfect weather day. Plenty of snow from the lake onwards after 2 days of storms earlier in the week. Dozens of locals taking flatbeds of the stuff down. About 6.5 hours up. Two other groups were hiking at the same time and all took about the same.

Paul McClellan

Paul McClellan - Jan 18, 2014 2:36 pm Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2014

Nice January Hike  Sucess!

Hiked to the summit from the Visitor Information Station on the Humu'ula Trail. Sunny sky above, clouds below. Windy and cool on the summit. Saw only a dusting of snow behind rocks near the summit.


michaelblodgett - Dec 29, 2013 12:35 am

Mauna Kea 13,808

Drove up, did't really hike. One of my favorites because my wife came along.

NickyP - Sep 27, 2013 7:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2013

HP #4  Sucess!

Went up with son and brother-in-law.

bleakley - Sep 19, 2013 4:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

yes it does look like the moon  Sucess!

Hiked up but hitched a ride down with some astronomers hauling a telescope. Great view, and I was basically alone the whole time- even though it was a 3 day weekend.


CharlieRussell - Aug 22, 2013 5:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013

SHP #6  Sucess!

Went to the big island for our anniversary and to hike Mauna Kea. My wife was not up to the altitude but my 14 yr old son wanted to go up it with me. We drove to the VIC and stopped for an hour to look around. I have never felt altitude the way I did on that mountain! My son never being about 5500 ft, his lack of cold weather gear, and the way we were both feeling at this point convinced me to drive to the top rather than hike it. Boy am I glad I did! The short hike to the true summit after being at sea level for a week was strenuous but well worth the effort! Summit at 12:35pm. clouds below at 5-8000 ft, 40-60 MPH winds, 42 degrees, BRIGHT sunny sky. Took pics, enjoyed the view and headed back down. Aspirin and descent solved the HA and dizziness. Very glad we drove to the top though I did feel like a slacker. Highly recommend camping at altitude prior to this as 13000 of elev gain in one day was way too much for me.


pingzingr - Jul 26, 2013 6:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2013

Trail "closed"  Sucess!

Was planning to hike this but the trail was "closed" for maintenance or some type of conservation study. No worries, took my Mazda rental car straight up the superhighway of hard pack. Good condition road, and took a few pictures of the "4wd only" and "rough conditions" signs at the bottom for kicks.


Peakbug - Jul 7, 2013 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007

Mittens in Hawaii  Sucess!

With rkymtn- it was pretty cold for Hawaii.


e-doc - Jun 11, 2013 12:35 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2013

Acclimatize  Sucess!

Planned to summit with my 16 yo son. He has never been to altitude but was a strong hiker and young. We made ascent rate of 1000'/hour (hike 50 min and rest 10 min) and he felt well but I noticed him dragging about 12,000'. By the time we got back to the road at 13,200 he felt poorly. I spoke with a ranger driving down from the top. He mentioned that another ranger up near the summit who could drive my son if he felt worse. He drove off and then my son coughed once then puked. I walked up the road toward the summit and met the other ranger as he drove down and he offered to take him. I summited and resigned myself to walking/jogging down the road. Fortunately I was picked up by a Chinese family that spoke almost no English. Great mountain. State HP #24. In retrospect we should have driven up and slept at the museum the night before.

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