As previously mentioned, we are hiking more now that Noah is robust enough to take a fall. We recently conquered the Heritage Trail, it's only about a 2.2 mile hike but it has its ups and downs.... literally!! haha .... OK, that wasn't funny. Moving on... this trail is actually the combination of two trails; Blunts Point (previously posted on) and the Tramway Trail.
I must interject a little American Samoa history here with regards to the Tramway Trail. The trail got its name due to the location of a now defunct tram that traveled between two mountain peaks on either side of the Pago Pago Harbor. Originally built to service the first television broadcasting tower, this tramway became a tourist attraction offering beautiful views over the Harbor. The 60's and 70's were the "hay day" of American Samoan tourism as the island was service by Pan Am flights and boasted the Rainmaker Hotel, a destination resort.
On Flag Day in 1980 the US Navy was participating in the celebration and sky divers were being dropped from the air over the harbor. On the pilots final pass he clipped the tramway wires, sheered the planes wing and crashed into the Rainmaker Hotel, killing seven including the crew. The casualties would have bee much higher had the Flag Day ceremony not been underway. The tram was rebuilt then destroyed by Cyclone Val in 1992, the Rainmaker was restored but never regained its glory days and is now a vacant lot.
Here's whats left....
We began the hike at Blunts Point and finished up on the Tramway Trail, the path leads you up and then along the mountain ridge the majority of the way. I have plotted my best guess on the path location below (yellow line).
This was our most challenging trail so far with Noah and having done it makes us feel more confident about tackling more island hikes. We were thankful to be hiking on a windy day, it helped cool us down and kept the mosquitoes at bay.
Some portions are easy and Noah got to do some hiking himself....
Some portions are not....
As you can see, some portions of the trail are not for beginners and require a bit of caution. There are several areas where ropes are required to go up or down and others with loose rocks/soils. It is great exercise and an awesome trail.
We took our time and stopped for a snack on the trail and still finished in just under 3 hours. We had many beautiful views along the way. Near the Tramway trail-head, but at the end of our hike is another WWII monument and a nice grassy area to take in the views.
The Jaskowiak Family
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