Location: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Elevation: 13,796 ft.
While Everest wins for the highest peak, Mauna Kea—a series of black-and-red volcanic cinder cones jutting up from the Pacific Ocean floor—is technically the tallest mountain on earth. Most of it is simply underwater. The Humu’ula Trail runs seven miles (one way) gaining 4,600 feet in elevation, and it’s not too difficult. Pick up the trail head from the Ellison Onizuka Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center off Mauna Kea road. You’ll hit some steep inclines and pass Lake Waiau before you reach the summit in about four hours. Come back the way you came. This is doable in a day if you start early, pack light, and move quickly.
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