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1,000 Steps Trail

Trailhead

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.

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Hike to Pagat Cave and Pagat Point

We paid for a boonie stomp with Guam Guided Adventures because we wanted someone who could give us history and talk about the vegetation we were passing as we went. Rob, our guide, took us to Pagat Cave and Pagat Point (and Gun Beach after) when we told him we wanted a medium-difficulty hike with great scenery. That was basically the only criteria we gave him and he picked out the perfect trail for us.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures in the cave because there was a family having a birthday celebration inside when we got there and I wanted to respect their privacy. If you have some, I recommend bringing waterproof flashlights so you can find your way around in the water. It’s so cool and refreshing in the water there, but try to not shine the light on the walls if you can avoid it. (I won’t say what was crawling all over some of them but it rhymes with “wockwoaches.”)

Along this trail, you’ll also pass through an ancient Chamorro site with a few artifacts still remaining for you to see.

You might be tired from trying to keep from slipping on the limestone┬áby the time you hit the caves, but it’s worth it to forge ahead to the coast. The trail will lead you to a beautiful lava formation over the water, with a natural bridge crossing over the crashing waves below you. It’s absolutely breathtaking. This is the view from the middle of the natural bridge.

We weren’t able to do it when we did the hike because the tide was going crazy strong, but this spot is also great for cliff diving. From what I’ve read, you can dive off the edge and let a wave lift you onto a rock to climb back out. I’m hoping we’ll be able to do this on our next trip! Use your best judgment when deciding whether or not to jump, but don’t do it if the water is as rough as this:

It’s beautiful, right? I’m still kind of in awe over what we saw when we reached the end. The hike back is uphill, so spend plenty of time relaxing and having fun before you heading back to the car!

The trailhead for this hike is on 15, about halfway between Adacao and Yigo. You’ll see a parking area on the left (if you’re heading north) with the entrance directly to the right. Like any other hike where you leave your car behind unattended, keep no valuables inside, or anything that even looks like it might be a valuable, and leave the doors unlocked so the windows don’t get busted when someone decides they want in even though you have no valuables inside.

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