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Wear solid boots to deal with loose dirt/sand/rock trails. Altitude gain is noticeable. Actual summit is closed off but a comparable elevation can be achieved on the observatory road. Took me and my friend 5 hours from visitor center parking lot to summit and then 3 hours to get back down.

We were told the temperature at the top could be cold (even snow) but the weather was great and got away with long pants and long sleeves

Looking for fellow dayhikers who want to start at dawn sometime between June 10 and 13th.

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3 months ago

Neat views of historical structures. Cool rock wall dividers. Almost like a huge maze

10 months ago

This is by far the hardest climb I have ever done! Definitely noticed the altitude, but still very worthwhile.

Not really a hike, but still interesting if you're looking for something to do.

Hiked in April as part of preparing for Peru in May. Temps were in the upper 40s so we just wore long sleeve shirts which was just right. The initial trail has a lot of loose cinder that feels like hiking uphill in sand. Had some minor altitude symptoms the first time so we used Advil prior to the second time which helped. Wogging down in cinder leads to stops to empty shoes. Looking forward to Peru.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

SOOO WINDY, go for the sunrise or it's like what's the point?

Super windy not a whole lot better than the original look out.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, September 04, 2015

Great view, amazing sunset

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Make this a priority for your big island visit. Fantastic, rugged, remote. Acclimate first - going from hotel to 9.2K parking, then up over 13K before lunch impacted us. Come prepared - there's nothing out there but up, up, up. Worth every step, and the view to the ocean and other volcano are remarkable. My son and I did the roundtrip from the visitor center, 6:30 AM to 4 PM. As is typical, a clear morning turned to rain below us, and we stayed just ahead of the clouds which topped out at about 11K feet. We went to the observatories at about 13.5K or so, but didn't hike around to the summit access trail. This trail takes longer up than the six miles indicate - steep, unrelenting, and very loose in some areas - just hard, but not technical or risky. We took the access road back, which added a couple of miles, but we were gassed and felt this was a safer option as we hiked back down into a storm.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Easy trail to get somewhat close to the ancient stone temple. This wasn't my favorite hike but there is some interesting history here.