We took saddle road on our trip to Mauna Kea. We left from the kona side & the road was really rugged and unmaintained however I live in Nevada and we have many roads like that. You do not need a 4x4 to drive it like alot of websites said. Part of saddle road is a one lane only so you need to becareful.
Even thouh we only made it to the visitors center for Mauna Kea because our car would not make it up the hill to the observatory it was still a beutiful site especially the view of Mauna Loa which had very unique colors. Mauna Kea is Hawaii's tallest volcano. It had very interesting scenery the whole drive. Once you actually get so far the whole thing is paved from there on out which is right before the turn off to go to Mauna Kea. It was rather chilli at the visitors center so I would sugges to take a coat. Another thing about Mauna Kea is it can get below zero so befor going up top check in with the visitors center for weather conditions.
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