Mauna Kea State Park— Hill 7154 Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Mauna Kea State Park, high on the saddle between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, offers picnicking and cabins set among native naio and mamane trees and non-native eucalyptuses and pines. An inconspicuous bump north of the park, Hill 7154, provides splendid views of the saddle region. What’s special about the saddle? Here, you are on a tropical island—and on a mountain saddle at 6511 feet!
The saddle region ranges from 6000 to 7000 feet high. And it’s flanked by mountains that are twice that high. Some saddle! Some island! Mauna Kea State Park is most tranquil on weekdays. That’s the best time for tourists to visit. On weekends, it’s apt to be full of local people enjoying their mountain park. Exercises at adjacent Pohakuloa Military Training Area may shatter the tranquility at any time of day or night— sometimes with spectacular flashes of artillery fire. This is best as a morning hike. Dense, soggy clouds often move in over the saddle region in the afternoon, obscuring views and sending you rummaging through your pack for your rain gear."