Which Hike Should You Go On?:palm_tree:
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You’re in the mood for a moderately challenging hike: Pågat Cave and Cliffside
Nestled in the back road of Mangilao is the ancient village of Pågat. Hikers can expect to find a well-worn path that is a little over a mile long. Ancient latte sites and artifacts are visible along the hike for those interested in exploring Guam’s rich history and culture. Exercise caution if young kids are tagging along as little ones may need to be carried and constant supervision by adults is recommended. The terrain can be quite steep and rocky and a bit of climbing is necessary.
Despite the potential dangers, the reward of Pågat Cliffside and Cave are well worth it. Visitors will first come across a large underground cave that veers left of the path where hikers can go for a swim. Make sure to bring a headlamp, glow sticks, or a flashlight. Then venture to the scenic overview of Guam’s crystalline waters that is further up the path and nearly 400 feet in elevation. While the temptation to dive into the beautiful blue ocean is tempting, hikers are strongly discouraged from cliff diving as the water can be rough and in certain cases, fatal. The ground gets especially rocky and dangerous in this area of Pågat, so make sure to wear a good pair of shoes
You’re in the mood for a hike with a view: Mt. Lam Lam
In the southern village of Agat, hikers can brag to their friends that they conquered the world’s tallest mountain–– well, technically speaking. Although a bulk of Mt. Lam Lam’s height is hidden underwater, it is roughly 37,402 miles long. Take that Mt. Everest! The hike is roughly 30-45 minutes long and a round trip length of 2.5 miles.
At the top of the mountain, expect a 360 view of Southern Guam. Look over the scenic overview of the ocean and its horizon or treat your eyes to a hilly landscape of verdant green. While the trek can be tiring as it is uphill, this is a family friendly hike and dogs are more than welcome to join in! Bring a sturdy pair of hiking shoes you’re not afraid to get muddy, lost of water and snacks, and reward yourself with an unbeatable view of the island’s beauty.
You’re in the mood for a swim and an easy walk to a breathtaking destination: Priest Pools
In the village of Merizo, the Yledigao River empties out into 7 pools of varying sizes. Spaniard priests from the 1500s would bathe in these freshwater pools, giving it the name Priest Pools. This hike is an easy and breezy walk that takes no more than 15 minutes to arrive at the destination. When there, hikers can either relax and swim in the pools or hike further up the hilly landscape for an even more elevated view of Guam’s crystal blue waters.
The pools vary in depth and visitors or all ages can partake in the festivities. For an even more unforgettable experience, bring a blanket, some homemade sandwiches and beverages, find a nice spot to settle down and enjoy a sunset picnic with a loved one
You’re in the mood for a challenge and you have time to spare: San Carlos Falls
North of Piti, located in Nimitz Hill, awaits the difficult but exciting adventure to San Carlos Falls. Spanning the length of 3.2 miles with terrain that can prove to be quite slippery and steep, especially during rainy season, the trek to the falls is not the most child or pet friendly and visitors should allow themselves roughly 4-5 hours to fully enjoy the experience.
Don’t let its difficulty discourage you. The hike leads to falls that reach a towering height of 40 feet. The view itself is magnificent and can make the tallest person feel small. Along the path, treat yourself to the various vegetation and wildlife our island has to offer. For those wanting to go for a swim, stay right of the river and travel downstream to the sinkhole. The journey itself is only an extra 15 minutes, but many will find it’s well worth the wait once they take a dip in the cool, green waters.
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