Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sokeh's Ridge (Pohndollap)

Location: Sokeh's Island
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.5 hours, not including exploring
Cost: None
Watch out for: Dogs on the road and slick rocks

: The ridge is a very convenient hike for people in Kolonia. It's walkable from anywhere in town and offers both a good workout and a good view. You'll walk along a paved road, then along a dirt road, and come to a first scenic overlook. This is a good place to stop if you're looking for a very easy trip, but if you continue up up up you'll have even better views.

Following the steep section after the first overlook, the trail will head to your right, becoming very flat for a while. If you walk straight past a small building instead of following the trail to the right, there are at least two WWII-era guns and bunkers to visit. Following the trail will lead you to a final steep push, at the end of which you'll find a weather station platform and a nice view of Kolonia town and the airport.

Directions: Heading out of Kolonia towards Palikir, stay straight after the Rusty Anchor to cross onto Sokeh's Island. The trail to the ridge is up the road going straight - don't turn left or right at the intersection. You can park at the community center just to your right after the intersection or drive up as far as you like. Be sure to ask if parking in front of someone's house is ok.

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