We started out from Hilo. I let my family know that we were getting up at 5:30 and they we not really thrilled. However, I think it’s a good idea to get out ahead of the weather. It also can be nice to arrive early in case you need to avoid any people who may be inclined to block your entrance. (More on that later)
As we began driving out of Hilo we could anticipate nice weather for the hike, but you never can tell what’s going to happen up on the trail. Being from the California desert, my grandson and I counted bridges with water under them. The jury is out, but it’s somewhere over 30!
We arrived in Waimea and were pleased to be able to see the top of Mauna Kea. This, we took as a good sign for the weather. We took a quit pit stop at McDonald’s and bought some snacks at the grocery store then headed back a couple of miles in the direction of Hilo to park near the trail head.
McDonald’s provides a great place to use a clean restroom before the hike. I’m also a sucker for an Egg McMuffin!
We bought our snacks at the grocery store in the same parking lot.
After we got all squared away with food and potty breaks we got back on Hwy 19 and headed east (back toward Hilo). It’s a short 3 mile drive from the Waimea Center to White Road and that is where the fun begins!
The sign for White Road is pretty easy to miss. I try to watch for it coming into Waimea, because that makes it easier for me to spot coming back. I try to use a little honor system fruit stand on the side of the road as a landmark. When you see it, you are almost there! (Sorry, I didn’t get a picture of the stand)