Best Mauna Kea Peak Cross Country Skiing

The MOST popular XC Ski in Hawaii.

  Big Island, Hawaii, US


  July 21, 2016

Northwest of Hilo, the14,000 feet the Mauna Kea Peak holds plenty of snow during February and March for a telemark skiing trek.

Here are some notes on adventuring in Hawaii. First, unlike mainland forests, the tropical island forests can grow very dense and can mask dropoffs. Plus, the trails can be very wet and slick most of the year (December to February is the main rainy season, but expect rain all year round). Stay on the trail to avoid disorientation. Second, speaking of disorientation, be aware that most Hawaiian topographic maps use the Old Hawaiian Datum. When trying to use the latitude/longitude from those maps with a GPS unit, you will think you are 0.4 miles south/southeast of where you really are. Kind of important in a dense jungle. Third, the bacteria Leptospirosis is found in the local waters and mud. It causes flu like symptoms within 2-20 days of contact, and can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics. Fourth, when hiking about, walking sticks can be very helpful for stablity in the slick conditions, for probing mud hole depths and clearing webs of the tiny crab spider.

Local Contacts:  Hawaii Visitors (808) 245-3971; Hawaii Trail & Access System (808) 974-4217; Ski Association of Hawaii (808) 524-4484; Big Island Weather (808) 961-5582.

Best Season:  Feb. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Mauna Kea SRA Cabins

Luxury Loding:  Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel; Mauna Lani Resort; Hilton Waikoloa Village; Four Seasons Hualalai Resort

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  19.818, -155.468

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  7223

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