Sokehs Rock, Pohnpei

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#3 of 13 in Parks in Federated States of Micronesia
A rock formation peering over its namesake peninsula, Sokehs Rock remains one of Micronesia's landmark geographic features and serves as a major challenge for adventurous hikers. Allegedly created by a magician ages ago, the rock offers sweeping views of a lagoon and northern islands. As you navigate your way up a well-defined trail, look for abandoned buildings and old cannons dating back to World War II. Persistent bird watchers often report spotting the short-eared owl, a shy and threatened species. Don proper shoes for this demanding hike, and bring some bug repellent. Make your Pohnpei itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Yesterday, we climbed up to the Sokehs Rock, which is a very steep cliff that stands up just west of Kolonia. Total height difference is approximately 225 m. 150 m consists of a very steep djungelstig with sometimes boulders, soil and decaying plant parts, as it is in the jungle. Pretty slippery, you go and looking for grip with both hands and feet. The trail ended at a large tree trunk, from which the rope stuck off to the side of a steep slope. It got slippery and search grip with his feet for not falling down in the jungle in the US. Up on top we got sweaty and dirty. Sat in the shade under a tree and rested for a while. Seemed like we were the only ones who climbed up on the Sokehs Rock that day. It grows pineapple up there but we found none. Down went the easier. We were really tired, but very excited and proud when we came down. Met a Pohnpeian who told me that when he was a child for 35 years since this was his playground, the kids climbed up and played there.
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  • A beaut walk upto the Japanese war ruins and evidence of the tunnels built by the locals. You can catch a local cab for $1 to the base of the hill and then follow the road/path upto the top. Very good...  more »
  • Is first and last mountain are steep, so in high mountains was that expire during the climb. You can see arms and cannon were used in Japan under the occupation. And are spread over an unbelievable last mountain climb to the top.
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  • Best view ever
  • Iconic rock visible everywhere in the town and the airport.

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Where to stay in Pohnpei

The accommodations in Pohnpei are primarily concentrated in Kolonia and along Nan Mal Road. Standard hotel rooms and more expensive resort stays are available, along with some apartments available for short rentals. However, the number of accommodations is fairly limited, so pre-booking is advisable. Many of the hotels offer airport pickup and car rental, along with onsite restaurants, bars, and tour booking services. Pick lodgings next to the lagoon, or farther out of town for easiest access to the landscape at additional cost.
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