マウナ・ケア州立公園 Mauna Kea State Park
I went to Kailua Kona though the Sadle Road (Rout 200), it passed almost center of the island. It is such a fine road but Rent-a-Car prohibited to drive. It was heavy rain at Hilo side.
When I passed the peak of this road(about 7000ft high), I came to over the cloud so it was fine weather. It is just a intersection one is to Mauna Kea summit the other to Mauna Loa Observatory. It is kind of watershed.
At the Mauna Kea State Park there is an open space and some bungalows. Background is Mauna Kea but we cannot see the summit from here.
It has a trail to a cinder cone(scoria hill) near by. It was one mile and looked not so steep so I challenged to go. But think well slop of cinder cone is 30 degrees minimum so it is not gentle.
It was dry area because cloud stopped at watershed. There was big cactus blooming charming flowers.
Someone did such prank.
I spent 1 hour to gain only 700ft, I had to rest many times because of luck of oxyen, elvation of trail head was 7000ft. I was able to see a magnificent shape of Mauna Loa, but no vent at the top of the hill.
At the right side there was a training camp of US army. It has a landing strip. Can you see a cloud of dust,Tanks running dust. The road was the Sadle Road which I would run after.
Left side was Hilo direction. There were many cinder cones of Mauna Kea.
I was going to Kailua Kona. Wide ranch was covered with yellow flwers, it was splendid!