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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.

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Definitely worth the trip and upgrading to the 4x4, make sure to listen to the advice about adjusting to the oxygen levels etc

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Westport, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely worth the trip and upgrading to the 4x4, make sure to listen to the advice about adjusting to the oxygen levels etc

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed a Summit and Stars trip with Hawaii Forest & Trail, and were treated to spectacular views of the sun sinking into the western horizon, and snow-covered volcanic peaks above the clouds. Several smoking, broken-down 4WD vehicles were seen along the way. Hawaii Forest & Trails provides a comfortable van to ride up in, a quite decent picnic dinner... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you either take a tour or drive your own vehicle to the top of the road to the obsevatories near rge Mauna Kea summit and you are in reasonably good physical condition, it is worth some extra time to take the trail to the actual summit (if you're on a tour, make sure they will allow time for it).... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a really special place to visit! I would definitely recommend a four wheel drive if you are not using a tour service. Also would recommend having lunch at the half way visitor center to acclimate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The road up was absolutely terrifying but arriving at the summit was priceless. It was like a different world existing above the clouds. Truly a unique experience well worth the adventure getting up there. There is also a visitor center around 9,000 ft elevation where you can grab hot cocoa or tea to prepare for drive up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Having a degree in physics and being an amateur astronomer, this was on my very small bucket list. You can take a tour have them drive you up, but being the rugged individual type we drove ourselves up to the top. The visitor center is smallish but a good starting point. Defiantly stop and get acclimated like they recommend. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent attraction in mid island of Hawaii. Stopped at the visitor centre, closed the top portion due to 70 mph winds. Recommend to everyone...air a little thin...good brakes a must.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We drove a rental car up that only had two wheel drive and it made the trip just fine. Definitely be careful with the brakes on your way down. Don't ride the brakes or you'll have a definite issue on your way down. Stop at the visitor center on your way up for at least 30 mins to acclimate before... More 

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Shelton, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The view from the top of the mountian was beautiful. You head up the mountian in a nice tour van. It's not recommended to take a rental car up the mountain. It requires 4 wheel drive and knowledge of mountain driving. The tour provided parkas, which were very much appreciated. We stopped at the visitor center to eat dinner and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

after a 30 min stop to acclimatise, a bumpy jeep ride up to the summit to see snow capped peaks and the telescopes. Snowball fight in shorts and flip flops. All the group felt strange after a brief stop due to altitude.

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