By Hawaii 24/7 Staff
Fire/rescue crews from Hawaii County and Pohakuloa Training Area responded to a 6:45 p.m. alarm Friday (Nov 23) to Mauna Loa’s North slope Observatory Trail near the Mauna Loa Observatory to search for two missing hikers.
The hikers, a 50 year-old Australian man and a 29 year-old German woman, wandered off the trail due to darkness.
The hikers were found in an open lava field two miles from Mauna Loa summit and did not need medical attention after being rescued.
The sun set at about 5:39 p.m. Friday and the temperature at Mauna Loa Observatory, which is at 11,135 feet (3,397 meters), was recorded to be in the high 30s (in Fahrenheit) at 6:45 p.m.
Some info on the trail: www.kinquest.com/misc/travel/t…