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Ascent of Mauna Kea on 2017-12-05

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Kelley Laxamana
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mauna Kea
    Location:USA-Hawaii
    Elevation:13796 ft / 4205 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Mauna Kea access road was closed last Saturday and Sunday morning due to ice on the road. The Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center announced on their website about 11 a.m. on Sunday that the road was now open, but only to 4x vehicles. I started to worry about the rental mini-van that I reserved for our 5 days on the island. I asked the guy at the rental car company about upgrading my vehicle to a 4x and is it possible to drive the rental car to the summit. He said that they do not allow their vehicles to be driven above the visitor information center, and then added that he could upgrade my vehicle to a 4x at no extra charge - of course, I said yes!

The actual road is in great shape, and is probably passable to non-4x vehicles; however, the road is pretty steep and you also need to drive past the sign that says 4 wheel drive required.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:205 ft / 62 m
    Extra Gain:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Mauna Kea summit trail
    Trailhead:Mauna Kea Access road  13661 ft / 4163 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1



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