Hawaii Highpoint Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

Hawaii Highpoint Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop 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.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

snow

no dogs

off road driving
4 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!

Friday, September 04, 2015

Great view, amazing sunset

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

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!

hiking
Saturday, August 11, 2012

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.

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Saturday, May 06, 2017

recorded lake @ Mauna Kea

hiking
Wednesday, March 06, 2013