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Ascent of Puu Keonehehee on 2010-08-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, August 22, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Puu Keonehehee
    Location:USA-Hawaii
    Elevation:11560 ft / 3523 m

Ascent Trip Report

My favorite Pu'u of the day (not in the PB library, I will add it for Greg's approval), a shorty easy climb ......... 1 mile, 40 min RT.

Pu'u Keonehehe'e, a perfect round crater cone with an obvious blowhole in the center, is located on the westside of Mauna Kea Road at MM 4.0 above the Mauna Kea Visitor's Information Center. After climbing Pu'u Poli'ahu we drove down Mauna Kea Road to MM 4.0 ..... for the full details of today's activities see my Mauna Kea TR of this day.

We parked on the side of the road .2 miles above MM 4.0, elev 11440', while Rose waited in the car. There was a nice breeze so the wait was confortable. I hiked cross country southwest to the crater rim. The whole area is a surface of fine/dusty cinder with hardly any vegetation, you sink/slide with every step, something like walking on sand but worse.
Once on the rim I walked counterclockwise to what I believe is the highpoint (elev 11560'), a small cairn at the northwest side. The lowest point of the rim is at the southeast side. I should note however that the highest point of this area is actually outside the crater rim, about 200 yards further northwest ...... two rough slag spires/crags with resemblance of a blowhole between them (the highest at elev 11680').
While I was climbing a Ranger (not the same one) stopped/asked Rose if there was a problem, of course all was ok. He once again told her of the forest fire, advising her to descend if the smoke came our way. Apparently there is a secondary evacuation road that they could use if the Saddle Road to Hilo is still closed when we get down.

From this Pu'u we descended to the Visitor's Information Center where we had a snack and used the Center as the TH for our next 2 climbs on the list, Kilohana and Pu'u Kalepeamona.

"WHEN YOU COME TO A FORK ON THE TRAIL ..... TAKE IT." ........ berraism
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:120 ft / 37 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:cross country from the northeast side mauna kea rd
    Trailhead:above visitors inf center, at mile 4.2  11440 ft / 3486 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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