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Ascent of Kilauea on 2015-03-22

Climber: William Musser

Date:Sunday, March 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kilauea
    Location:USA-Hawaii
    Elevation:4090 ft / 1246 m

Ascent Trip Report

This viewing point of the large caldera was my favorite viewing point of the caldera in the park. We first took the "summit trail hike" with the Rangers and leanred a lot of valuable information, but at the end of the day, that was not the true summit of the feature. The true summit is found down near the NOAA Jagger Museum not by the historic lodge where they take you on the guided hike. Along the way to the true summit, is many opportunities to hike (or drive) along the parkway and stop and see thermal vents blowing off steam.

The viewing of the newest and hottest crater in the large caldera is best seen at night from this location or the actual museum. At night the lava below provides a large warm red glow against the steam coming out of the crater.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:210 ft / 63 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
clear 60F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:160 ft / 48 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 110 ft / 33 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:park trails
    Start Trailhead:Visitor Center  3980 ft / 1213 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Kilhua

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kilauea2015-03-22 a210 ft / 64 m
2Pu'u Huluhulu2015-03-22 b290 ft / 88 m
3Mauna Ulu2015-03-22 c150 ft / 46 m
Total Trip Gain: 650 ft / 198 m    Total Trip Loss: 540 ft / 164 m



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