Ascent of Mauna Kea on 2013-02-10

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Others in Party:Laura Friedrich
Date:Sunday, February 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mauna Kea
    Elevation:13796 ft / 4205 m

Ascent Trip Report

Well acclimatized from the Mauna Loa ascent of 2 days before, we hiked up from the Mauna Kea Visitor Centre starting at 7.30AM. One other party of two set off at the same time. I shadowed the other group as Laura went at "her own" speed :) The hiking trail is easy to follow and most of it is somewhat sandy, but straight-forward to walk on - much easier than the route on Mauna Loa (not that it was "difficult", but just less even).

Enjoyable, expansive views along the way, and then joining the driving road at right near the top. I passed the other two hikers on the paved road at the top and then waited a couple of hours for Laura to join me. She was enjoying the sights and taking it easy - I did the same on the summit, staying out of the wind by dipping just below the crest.

We then headed down together and went to Cronies in Hilo to feast on some ribs...mmm...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4797 ft / 1462 m
    Extra Gain:102 ft / 31 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.3 mi / 19.8 km
    Route:Humu'ula Trail
    Trailhead:MK Visitor Centre  9203 ft / 2805 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 49 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Brian Friedrich
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