I’ve been wanting to head over to Green Lake since last year and finally got the chance! It’s also the first REALLY 4×4 road I’ve driven on since we moved to the Big Island. I swear I could hear the Jeep crying. Or maybe laughing. Although the road was not ‘Rocky Mountain High’ it was a trail. I sure miss driving the mountain roads. Looks like I’ll need to drive Mauna Kea for a road fix. That’s for later.
This trail took my youngest son Jake and I up to the top of Green Mountain. Mountain is a relative term as I believe it’s about 400 feet tall. Just a little shorter than the almost 14,000 feet of Mauna Kea as seen from Green Mountain.
Pretty cool view from the top of Green Mountain looking over the ocean onto part of the Puna District. You can also see the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse (Kapoho Lighthouse) in the distance. According to scientists, that is where the freshest air in the world exists. They take measurements of the air quality at that point of the island and hold it up as a world wide standard. You really can feel and smell the difference in the air within that area.
We could not see Green Lake from top of the ‘mountain’ due to the heavy jungle growth so we made our way back down the trail and decided to poke around a little bit near base. We found a two-track trail in the tall grass and took that as far as we could and still no lake.
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