Historical Significance · Views
Need to Know
The WWWI Heritage Trail continues beyond the 2nd gun battery, but becomes increasingly steep, narrow, and less maintained. You should make sure you have appropriate footwear, water, and sunscreen if you continue to follow the trail.
The Blunts Point Trail is a short climb up to the ridge line where you can see two WWII gun batteries that protected the Pago Pago Harbor and get decent views of the harbor and Pacific Ocean. Parking for the trail is on the harbor side of the road and you can hike down to the trailhead. The trail is marked with an information marker that describes both the Blunts Point and WWII Heritage Trail.
The trail is a rocky road that climbs up the hillside to a water tank. You climb away from the road and through rainforest where flowering plants can be seen on the side of the trail and birds singing can be heard all around you. The trail can be slippery during and after a rain storm, so watch your steps. You pass an old building on the right side of the trail before coming to a split where you can see a water tower off to the right. Follow the trail to the right and go around the water tank on its left hand side.
On the back side of the tank, there is a set of stairs that will bring you up to the first gun battery that has been restored. You can climb down into the battery and get on the gun. The ammunition storage area is often flooded, so it is best to avoid. There are some picnic tables where you can enjoy a break and eat some food. There is another gun battery up the hill, but it is not as well maintained.
From here, you can continue on the WWII Heritage trail that goes past the remains of other batteries, but there are no guns there. It is a much steeper, narrower, and more difficult trail. Your other option is to retrace your steps back down to where you parked.
Flora & Fauna
The trail works its way through the rainforest, so you can see coconut tree and flowering plants around you. You may see a fruit bat on your way up to the gun battery. On the trail and at the gun battery, you might see frogs and other amphibians.
Shared By: David Hitchcock