off road driving
2 months ago

We used a tour guide/service which was great and allowed us to have time to enjoy the scenery instead of the drive. Altitude wasn't an issue we spent 40 minutes at the VIS. Go for a sunset/stargazing - it adds so much to the experience. Do not take the highpoint trail, while technically not closed it is a place of Hawaiian heritage and should be respected. Instead just go to the University of Hawaii Hilo observatory and that's within a foot or two of the highest elevation. We went in January and it had snowed the day before quite a wild feeling body numbing temps hours after being on the beach! HP#14 for us!