Mauna Loa Trail to the Summit

HARD 3 reviews

Mauna Loa Trail to the Summit is a 30.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hawaii National Park, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
30.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6768 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Thursday, March 24, 2016

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2011

hiking
Friday, February 11, 2011

Please see our entry under Mauna Loa Observatory Trail. Although this is a very difficult trail, we will give it all five stars, because the views and exhilaration being at the top of this geologically unique volcanic 'shield' dome (is this the world's most massive?) is well worth the endurance, discipline, and some advanced preperation required to complete it. Unlike Mauna Kea and Haleakala, you cannot drive all the way up to the summit. We see its (snow speckled in winter) summit regularly from Kailua-Kona's Old Airport Park