Ascent of Mauna Kea on 2018-06-24

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Stacey Samuels
Date:Sunday, June 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mauna Kea
    Elevation:13796 ft / 4205 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike with great views, but the elevation is challenging, especially when sleeping at sea level.

You need to make a very slight diversion at about 13,100 in order to see Lake Waiau, but I highly recommend it.

We were fortunate in that we were able to catch a ride down for most of the way. The road has some good different views, but if there is much traffic the dirt part could get very unpleasant for hikers, and it's a bit longer, so unless you plan to try to catch a ride, I'd suggest hiking the trail back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4726 ft / 1440 m
    Total Elevation Loss:916 ft / 278 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4726 ft / 1440 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4646 ft / 1417 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Visitor Center lower parking lot  9150 ft / 2788 m
    Time:8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:836 ft / 254 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    End Trailhead:Road @ 12,960'  12960 ft / 3950 m
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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