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Best Hiking Trails in Federated States of Micronesia


The Federated States of Microniesia is made up of more than 600 islands, lying in the South Pacific near Solomon Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Marshall Islands.  The four states capture all the islands; they are Pohnpei (where the capital is), Chuuk, Kosrae and Yap. There are low mountains to explore on some of these islands.  The main islands to hike on are Chuuk Lagoon, Kosrae and Pohnpei, where hikes such as Octopus Mountain, Mt. Finkol and Sokhehs Ridge are popular. The best months to hike in Micronesia are January to March.  Read on for information on where and when to go hiking in Micronesia. 

Capital: Palikir

When To Hike in Federated States of Micronesia?

January – March: Least wet time period, but can be quite windy
April – August: Rainy but much less windy
September – December: Rainy; cyclone risk.  In Kosrae, April – December is very rainy

Climate: Equatorial – hot, humid, rainy all year round.  Windward slopes of larger islands are very wet.  A few sites have talked about how wet these islands are; “wettest places on Earth” (particularly Pohnpei). 


Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia Monthly Weather Forecast

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium – Hard:  There aren’t many established trails and hiking is not a popular activity amongst locals.  It may be difficult to find guides who know routes.. Also trails are much more difficult than they may seem due to the humidity and the terrain.

Most popular hikes in Federated States of Micronesia

Pohnpei is the largest island and most developed. The state of Chuuk is mainly centred around Chuuk Lagoon, a group of mountainous islands. Yap is hilly but not mountainous, so not included here. Highest Mountain: Mount Nanlaud (782 m) on Pohnpei island.

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Chuuk Lagoon

  • Group of mountainous islands; low mountains, highest point is Mt Winipot on Tol (448 m)
  • Octopus Mountain
  • Weno island
  • Tol island 


  • Finol Finkol
  • Mt Oma


  • Mt Nanlaud 
  • Sokhehs Ridge

Long Distance Trails of Federated States of Micronesia

Federated States of Micronesia's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Micronesia Hiking Books: – No hiking specific guidebook and not a lot of general guides exist 

  • Federated States of Micronesia and Palau – Other Places Travel Guide, 2010, by Ben Cook et al, Other Places Publishing – https://amzn.to/494T6zY


Best Hiking Trails in Micronesia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices, as there are no published guidebooks:

  • Mt Finkol – Kosrae
  • Mt Oma – Kosrae
  • Mt Sokehs – Pohnpei
  • Mt Tonaachaw – Chuuk
  • Octopus Mountain – Chuuk
  • Dolen Nett – Pohnpei
  • Dolen Eirike – Pohnpei

Easy Hiking Trails in Micronesia:

  • Yela Ka Forest trails
  • Six Waterfalls Hike


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What Else To Do

  • Diving/snorkelling – quite well known

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