Mauna Kea is one of two major volcanos on the Big Island of Hawaii. Standing 13,800 ft above sea level makes Mauna Kea the highest peak in all of Hawaii. The neighboring volcano, Mona Loa, is just south of Mauna Kea and can be seen from the peak. The entire trip to the summit of Mauna Kea is drivable, but there are some factors you should consider before heading up. Check out the video of our adventure to the summit of Mauna Kea here!
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Mauna Kea – Adventure Statistics
Time Required: 5 Hours
Location: 63 miles inland from Kona
Distance: 8.7 miles from Visitor Station to the summit.
Highest Elevation: 13,800ft (4200m)
Elevation Gain: 4600ft from the Visitor Station
Season: Year Round
Additional Requirements: 4WD Vehicle