Mauna Loa Summit Trail
ElevationAscent: 663' 202 m
Descent: -35' -11 m
High: 13,664' 4,165 m
Low: 13,006' 3,964 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“Standing on the tippy top of the active volcano, Mauna Loa is a great accomplishment.”— Megan W
The grade eases again and finally the summit is a high point along the 600 ft high rim of the caldera. With no references for scale, it is difficult to grasp the true size of this enormous crater. You're likely to have the place to yourself as most people don't often linger here to tempt Pele and the fierce weather.
Beware of altitude sickness, bring warm clothes, sun protection, excess water and food. Expect extreme and rapidly changeable weather. To avoid getting the bends, scuba divers should not ascend Mauna Loa within 24 hours of their last dive.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park