Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lehn Paipohn Waterfall

Location: Kitti
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 2 hours, plus swimming time
Cost: None
Watch out for: Strong current and rocks when jumping in

Description: This hike follows a rough dirt road for a long portion. You can park along the island-circle road or follow the dirt road as long as your car will allow. From the island-circle road, follow the paved road past a few houses and a church, and then stay straight to follow the rough dirt road. Follow this road approximately 30 minutes. You will pass a house on your right with a pipe spraying water. Shortly after the house, you will turn left, following a trail under low curved branches (see image below).

Follow this well-marked path through the jungle for another 30 minutes. You will pass a building and cross a stream, and will find your way to a view of the waterfall below you. Turn left to follow a path down to the water. If you decide to jump from above, be very careful of the strong current and of possible rocks beneath you. Follow the same path back.

Directions: From Kolonia, take the island-circle road towards Kitti. Pass the turn for Palikir, COM, and the docks for both Black Coral and Nahlap. There will be a turn to the left shortly after the Nahlap dock (pictures coming soon). You can park at the store, or in front of the World Teach volunteer house on the left just after the turn. If you pass NMHS, the high school in Kitti, you've just passed the turn.

[Image of parking site]
[Image of turn from trail]

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