Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Mauna Kea RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a  sub-segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then  release the mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a)  distance, (b) Elevation gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the  segment.

 Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.


Statistics and Details


  • Distance:                             41.7 miles 

  • Beginning elevation:        3'

  • Ending elevation:             13,757'

  • Elevation gained:              13,789'

  • Fiets Index:                       29.46

  • Rank:                                #1 US/#1 World

  • Location:  Climb begins in Hilo, HI at the intersection of Hwy 19 and Waianuenue Avenue ( 19.72679, -155.0866 latitude/longitude) 5 miles from Hilo International Airport and 91 miles (1:50) from Kona International on the west side of the island. 

  Each color segment is ~1/3 mile

Mauna Kea Climb

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Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.

​Finish - Gemini Observatory

Mauna Kea Summit - highest point in Hawaiian Islands at 13,796' (4,205m)

Start of the Gravel - mile 34 - altitude 9,500' and ascended 9,500'

MK Access Road 

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Hilo Start (click and drag map; double click to move forward)

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 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Alternate Mauna Kea RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub- segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b)  Elevation gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

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Alternate Route - Waikoloa

to Mauna Kea Summit

CYCLYING HAWAII: MAUNA KEA

THE MOST DIFFICULT CLIMB BY BIKE IN THE WORLD