Need to Know
Check in at trail entrance stations and have an emergency plan. There are no services.
STAY ON MARKED TRAILS! Vegetation or cinders may hide deep cracks in the ground. Use caution near cliffs, cracks, and steam vents. Falling on lava may result in severe wounds.
CARRY AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Be ready for 45F at night and 70F during the day.
This road around Mauna Kea is unique. You'll have the opportunity to see owls, ground birds, volcanic calderas, silversword and multiple ecosystems including the Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve. It is extremely long at close to 40 miles, almost entirely Jeep road.
You can expect FULL sun 80% of the time, with possible high winds, mist, rain, incredible stars at night and, if you're lucky, maybe even snow. Cell service is not reliable and you must check in at one of the stations. Have a plan if an emergency occurs and let someone know where you're going so that you can be found.
Altitude is between 7,200' - 10,000'.
Shared By: Sean Yarbenet