Saddle Road and Mauna Kea
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This is one of the few ways to get away from the ocean. Saddle road runs across Hawaii between the volcanic mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. It is a rugged volcanic landscape. At the peak of Mauna Kea there are several large research telescopes. The visitor’s center that is partway up the mountain (9200 ft/2800 M) has a collection of smaller telescopes for public stargazing sessions. Across from the visitor’s center is a short steep trail leading to a view of the valley below.