It’s more steep than it looks!
It took awhile, but our first glimpse of the ocean was so rewarding.
After many, many steps, you end up at this bed of coral and lava rock, which is easy enough to navigate if you were smart enough to wear nice shoes. Just don’t step where you can’t see rock because those plants can be deceptive when it comes to hiding how deep the rock is beneath.
We went on a relatively calm day for the sea and were able to walk out onto the coral shelf. But only for about 10 minutes before a HUGE wave came and almost threw both of us against the rocks. We scampered our asses out PRONTO, to only just barely miss an even bigger wave that could’ve been fatal for us both. Please be careful!!
The tree at the start of the trail back is marked with an orange tag and a gatorade bottle, so don’t worry about getting too lost to find your way back to the stairs because someone before you has you covered! Of course, if you stray too far you may not find that tree, but I can’t imagine it’d be that hard. (By the way, aren’t these Australian pine trees just beautiful?)
I read the name as the 10,000 Steps Trail in multiple places before we got there, but now I’m seeing that it’s actually the 1,000 Steps Trail and only has about 150 (incredibly steep) stairs. I feel like I missed out on about 9,850 stairs but after that climb back up, I’m not complaining! Hold on tight because those handrails are awful wobbly in a lot of places. Apparently Mangilao Golf Club is slacking on their maintenance of this area.
We did this one on our first day back following a short stop at the Dededo Flea Market for a $25 Filipino-style bolo machete. We had big plans to follow this one with another hike, but it was HOT and we were out of water, so we opted for shave ice and some water instead of another hike. I regret nothing.
If you’re heading to this trail from Tumon, the easiest way is to take 1 into Dededo, then turn at the Winchell’s onto Macheche Rd. through Latte Heights. When that dead ends at 15, turn right onto 15. The road to the trail is the first street north of the golf course, which you can tell is starting because there’s a thick line of palms on the inside of a chain-link fence. (Otherwise, you’ll have to do like us and go to the golf course and turn around to find the street. Either works!) At the end of the road, there’s a trailhead made of two stones. You might think you should park there, and if you’re in a car, you should. But if you’re on a scooter or bicycle, follow the semi-trail for a few yards and you’ll find a hidden parking lot with picnic tables. I don’t get why they’d block off the parking lot to cars, but I’ve learned to not question things like this.
Overall, this isn’t much of a hike in most places, though there are some more rugged spots than just a long staircase. Make sure you have plenty of water, though, because the climb back up those stairs is pretty intense in the late-morning/early-afternoon heat.