Ascent of Mauna Loa on 2010-12-06

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, December 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mauna Loa
    Elevation:13679 ft / 4169 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a great hike up the lava flows. The road from the saddle to the observatory (18 miles long) is paved, single lane, and has some pot holes in places. The parking area is at about 11,000 ft and is way above tree line. The route is well marked with huge cairns about every 100 ft. The hike was kind of tiring or maybe the altitude made me slow because it took almost 7.5 hours to complete. It was cold in the morning with frost on the rocks. Beautiful colors in the lava and fantastic views. Lots of rock hopping on this one so don't wear your flip flops. I had the entire mountain to myself all day long. Never saw anyone.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3079 ft / 938 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.2 mi / 21.2 km
    Route:Observatory Trail
    Trailhead:10600 ft / 3230 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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