This infrequently maintained, unpaved, four wheel drive hunters` road
circles the east, north, and west sides of Mauna Kea between the 7,000`
and 9,000` elevations within the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve. It passes
through native sub-alpine woodland and over barren lava flows. On clear
days dramatic views of the whole northern coast, the Waimea Plain,
Kohala Mountains, and the island of Maui may be enjoyed. The route
traverses critical habitat of the endangered Palila, a Hawaiian finch
found only on the upper slopes of Mauna Kea. Caution, the entire route
is open year-round for hunting.
This road may be accessed from either the Kilohana Hunter Check Station
or the Hale Pohaku Visitor Center. For Kilohana, take Puu Laau Road
north from the 43.5 mile point on Saddle Road (Hwy 200). Follow the
road mauka for 4.2 miles to the old Ranger Cabin. Keep left at the
cabin and you are headed clockwise around Mauna Kea. For Hale Pohaku,
head north on Mauna Kea Observatory Road from the 27.9 mile point on
Saddle Road (Hwy 200), opposite Puu Huluhulu Native Tree Sanctuary.
Proceed 6.15 miles mauka, turn right on the dirt road just below Hale
Pohaku, and continue counter-clockwise around the mountain.
MAUNA KEA (unit
A) and KAOHE (unit G) will be closed August 2&3, 2005 due to aerial
shooting which will be conducted within these areas. Further
information may be obyained by contacting the Division of Forestry and
Wildlife at (808) 974-4221
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and
color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features
are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch
off from the public features may be on private property, and are not
managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent
landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing
and possibly putting yourself at risk.
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