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“Cool hike”
Review of Matafao Peak

Matafao Peak
Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

This is a moderate hike to the top of the highest peak on Tutuila. Definitely recommended if you want good views of the island. Go on a clear day. Good rainforest along the way.

To get there: go to the Fagasa Pass, west on Rt 5 from Pago Pago (if you don't have a car, take a Fagasa bus). This is where you'll find the trailhead to Mt Alava (on the north side of the road), which is well-marked. The trail head for Matafao Peak is NOT well-marked, it starts on the opposite side of the road, with a rusty old metal ladder. It will look and feel like you are not supposed to go up there. Do it. Then basically follow that trail all the way to the peak. There are overgrown parts, but you can't really get lost and many parts are marked with orange tape around trees.

We were told by an NPS park ranger to allow 5 hours round trip (it is not actually in the park, but they maintain the trail anyway). It took me and my buddy only 1.5 hours to go up. We hung out up top for a while, so maybe 3.5 or 4 hours total. Due to the Samoan climate, it will be extremely sweaty, bring lots of water. Enjoy!

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Trevor K
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Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Don't expect easy hike, or quick. Not good signs but the greatest adventure! Done it twice in 06 and 08. Amazing at top but really hard to get there. It's either awesome or awful depending on your ability and thirst for adventure

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank Kevin L
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