|Standing on the summit, 13,796ft, with the telescopes in the background|
It's no joke that on April 1, 2016 we summited Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawai'i and #37 of 49 on our list! It is a dormant volcano which last erupted around 4,500 years ago.
We started at 6:30am at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 9,200ft and 5 hours and 6 miles later were standing on top at 13,796ft. Although you can drive to the top that would be cheating on our endeavor of bagging the state high points. It was a long day but a very beautiful hike. On top of Mauna Kea is a little observatory "town" with many telescopes run by different facilities.
|our 6:30am start|
|Mauna Loa in the background - almost as tall as Mauna Kea|
|Lake Wai'au - a sacred lake near the top.|
They used to take their newborn umbilical cords here and place them in the lake to give them "the strength of the mountain"
|looking down over the trail around one of the cinder cones|
|our first view of the telescopes - only another mile to go!|
|listing of all the telescopes on top|
|panoramic view from the top|
|I just love hiking above the clouds!|
|Tom's a happy boy - we're on our way down with another high point checked off!|
Til next time...Happy Trails!