Follow along with the Mauna Loa trail guide by Lisa Petersen!
Mauna Loa as seen from Mauna Kea
Whew! A long long trudge up and down the mountain, but worth it. I did the hike twice, first in July 1991 to see the total eclipse (that time I got too altitude sick and didn't make it to the top), and then again in July 1994 (that time I managed to make it to the top). The gentle curvature of the mountain means much of the time you can only see a few miles ahead and behind. Near the top you can't even see the ocean... it's below the horizon. Hiking Mauna Loa feels like circumnavigating a small asteroid.
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