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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.

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Best to go with organized tour

Because you'll be traveling quickly from sea level to almost 14,000 feet, high altitude sickness is probable. If you go with a tour company they are equipped to assist. Rentals... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Because you'll be traveling quickly from sea level to almost 14,000 feet, high altitude sickness is probable. If you go with a tour company they are equipped to assist. Rentals vehicles are not allowed on the gravel road to the summit. Even if you have a 4x4 you are asking for trouble any time of the year, not just in... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went up with tour. We saw a lot of people driving up by themselves. The road is unpaved, you need a all wheel drive car. It was cold around 20 something degree. After sunset you must leave right away. After sunset, we went to visitor center to see the stars.

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Kodiak Island, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We all got together to have some fun in the snow atop of Mauna Kea! You can only go to the visitors center without 4-W Drive...lucky for us, all our friends and family have 4WD! We went to the top and boogie boarded down the slopes. There were some people skiing too! We took a truck load of snow down... More 

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Ottawa, ON
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Driving up Mauna Kea is a worthwhile day trip. The landscape in very interesting to look at. While we did not make it to the summit, as past the base camp a 4x4 is required and AWD are not allowed, we still enjoyed hiking at some 10,000+ feet above sea level. Interesting plants, rock formations and sights. I would recommend... More 

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Westport, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely worth the trip and upgrading to the 4x4, make sure to listen to the advice about adjusting to the oxygen levels etc

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a Summit and Stars trip with Hawaii Forest & Trail, and were treated to spectacular views of the sun sinking into the western horizon, and snow-covered volcanic peaks above the clouds. Several smoking, broken-down 4WD vehicles were seen along the way. Hawaii Forest & Trails provides a comfortable van to ride up in, a quite decent picnic dinner... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you either take a tour or drive your own vehicle to the top of the road to the obsevatories near rge Mauna Kea summit and you are in reasonably good physical condition, it is worth some extra time to take the trail to the actual summit (if you're on a tour, make sure they will allow time for it).... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a really special place to visit! I would definitely recommend a four wheel drive if you are not using a tour service. Also would recommend having lunch at the half way visitor center to acclimate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The road up was absolutely terrifying but arriving at the summit was priceless. It was like a different world existing above the clouds. Truly a unique experience well worth the adventure getting up there. There is also a visitor center around 9,000 ft elevation where you can grab hot cocoa or tea to prepare for drive up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Having a degree in physics and being an amateur astronomer, this was on my very small bucket list. You can take a tour have them drive you up, but being the rugged individual type we drove ourselves up to the top. The visitor center is smallish but a good starting point. Defiantly stop and get acclimated like they recommend. We... More 

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