Hawaii Highpoint Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kamuela, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Mauna Kea Summit Trail is a 15 mile loop trail located near Kamuela, Hawaii. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for hiking.
Great view, amazing sunset
This was a major highlight of our trip to the Big Island. We went in February and wouldn't you know it snowed at the summit and had white out conditions in the drive down. Very exciting for a couple from Alaska to see it snow on such a beautiful tropical paradise! The altitude was not as big of a deal as previously thought but time spent at the visitors center certainly helped to acclimate a bit. Can't wait to return to hopefully some better weather where I expect the views will be amazing. A must see and bucket list check!
Undoubtedly the most amazing spectacle I've ever had the fortune of experiencing. Sunrise/sunset from the summit is, in my opinion, one of the things everyone should experience before they die. As far as hiking goes this is a very strenuous venture which, coupled with the high altitude (14,200ft?) at the summit, can prove impossible for some. Caution must be observed when hiking to spot the rapid onset of altitude sickness & hypoxia if one is not acclimated to higher altitudes (very deep, slow, conscious breathing throughout the hike will help prevent this). Also the temperature varies throughout the hike from freezing at night to blazing hot during the day, so one must account for this. Despite these factors, the hike is a must for everyone who is physically capable of completing it & somewhat adept at hiking difficult trails. Watching the sun rise above the cloud cover casting a silhouetted shadow of mauna kea against the clouds behind you; maybe even looking down (that's right, looking down) at airliners making their approach through the cloud ceiling into the islands; truly a sight to behold and one you shall never forget.