Pola Island Trail
ElevationAscent: 64' 19 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 70' 21 m
Low: 7' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
“Run out to a rocky beach where you can get views of Pola Island.”— David Hitchcock
The trail moves under the shade of trees and leads to a small parking area where there are 3 informational signs talking about the role of plants and animals in the Samoan culture. From here, its a 200 foot run out to the beach, where a marker lists the strait in front of you as a National Historic Landmark. To the left, you can see Pola Island and if you watch closely, you can see various types of birds coming and going from the island, which is an excellent nesting area for them.
You can run on the rocks to the right to get better views of Pola Island. Waves crash against the beach and if you are lucky, you may be the only one there so you can just take in the peace and quiet. No noise from boats, planes or cars, so you get to listen to the sounds of the jungle and ocean that are all around you. After taking in the views, you can return to the car via the path that you traveled.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - National Park of American Samoa