Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nett Ridge

Location: Nett
Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 3 hours
Cost: $3/hiker for a guide to lead to the top
Watch out for: Small bat caves along the river-view and a Japanese WWII radar array

Description: This hike takes you to the top of the ridge above Nett Point. You'll need a guide to lead you to the top, and its a good idea to arrange one in advance (see directions below). The path will take you through the jungle, climbing up. Near the top, you will come to a relatively flat segment, overlooking the river headed in towards Nett. If you look along the ridge to your right, you may see an old dug-out cavern (C-shaped, with two exits) that has been reclaimed by bats.
From here, there's one more scramble up, and a walk through rather flat jungle on the top. You will pass an old radar array, and emerge to a great view of the reef facing Awak and the Village.

The top is a great place for a picnic lunch. Your guides can show you many WWI relics, including several cannons. The hike returns along the same path.

Directions: The actual hike will start at one of the houses along the island-circle road. You can drive to the house, or walk from PCR restaurant as a warm-up. Follow the island-circle road towards Awak until you come to a pink house on the right side of the street. Ask at any of the houses on the left (including the one pictured below), and a guide will be found for you.

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