Mauna Kea is a large dormant volcano at an elevation of 4.207m (13,803ft). It is the only place in the world where you can drive from sea level to a nearly 14,000ft peak in under 2 hours. It’s really challenging to get to the top. It’s not an easy road. As you go up, the
oxygen gets thinner and thinner. Altitude sickness is coming as well as plummeting temperatures. Temperatures regularly deep below freezing in winter. It's one of the highest roads of the USA. The road to the summit is called Mauna Kea Access Road. It's 14.60 miles (23.5 km) long, starting at Saddle Road. The road to the summit is mostly paved, with unpaved sections near the summit. This is one of the toughest drives in the world and can be very dangerous in bad weather. It is strongly recommended to use a four-wheel drive vehicle to drive all the way to the top. Brakes often overheat on the way down. Once you manage to reach the summit you’ll be welcomed by breathtaking views and some of the most spectacular sunsets ever. The road to the summit is pretty narrow and very steep, hitting a 15% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Saddle Road, the ascent is 14.60 miles (23.5 km) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 2179 meters. The average gradient is 9.27%. It’s one of the hardest and most epic climbs you can ride on two wheels.
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