|Looking Back to the Saddle Road between the two Volcanos|
|Near the Top|
|Two of the several telescopes on the Summit|
From sea level in Hilo it is only a couple hours to you reach the top of Mauna Kea at 13,796. On jeep trails in Colorado we routinely go over 13,000 feet but there we never start from sea level. The last 9 miles or so are dirt and 4WD is advised but the little rental car did fine going up. Unfortunately it would not shift into a lower gear going down making for a slow trip and hot brakes going down.