Asan Falls located in Asan, Guam is a short yet challenging hike to jump in some waterfalls and swim. There are several sets of falls that you can hike down and see, although it’s only recommended to jump at the first one due to depth. This hike is rated difficult but we did have a 5 yr old and 13 yr old with us in the group and they did great, see the Know Before You Go info below for more info about taking littles.
Asan Fall is located out towards the Nimitz Hill area. The parking and path is tucked away in a neighborhood. Parking is available in the grassy area to the left of the street. While the hike itself is fairly short it is a bit challenging with the terrain and if go with mud slippery as well. Even with the mud the hike was still doable and we had a great time.
You’ll start on a flat path that will soon turn into a decent via a rocky path towards the falls.
Gloves are helpful so you can grab onto things as you go down.
Once you reach the top of the falls you will then have to descend down the falls as well. There is a rope to the right of the falls that you can use if needed. Once at the bottom you can climb around the narrow shelf to get past the pool, or jump in and swim across it. We had waterproof bags for our backpacks so we chose to jump in and swim. Others had to hand off backpacks to be carried around by those on the ledge so they didn’t get wet.
We seen tons of frogs, do you see him?
You do have to climb back up the falls, see the rope to the left…so keep that in mind your going with kids. We had a 5 yr old & 13 yr old with us and they did great.
From here you can continue down using the path on the right to the next set of falls. The mosquitos were bad the further we went down so make sure you bring spray. We even took out our pull overs and threw them on after getting bit several times. Notice the muddy path, it’s slick because some slid down (by choice) and others were forced to slide by nature 😉
The next set of falls you can swim at or continue down, again using the path on the right. This next path had a steeper decent that was all mud, which made for some slipping and sliding. We were able to successfully get all the group down and back up, but we did have a few falls and get muddy.
After your through the path you’ll cross/walk through a river to get to the end of the steep fall. It’s a great spot for taking a photo before you head back up the trail.
When we hiked back up we stopped at the first falls to do some jumping. It looks like you have to jump far out because of the rocks below but its not what it seems. There were some people swimming when we got back up to the top and they had some kids (maybe 7-10 yrs old) that were enjoying jumping from the waterfall. The jump is probably only around 8-10 feet.
This was our first difficult hike and we really enjoyed it! It was not what I was picturing in my mind as difficult, it was easier than I expected. Also note that the waterfall hikes are best done in the raining season which is generally from June to possibly the end of Jan, it’ll vary each year. If you go in the dry months the waterfalls/pools will be stinky & stagnant so keep that in mind when planning!
Know Before You Go
What: Asan Falls – Asan, Guam
Hike Info: Rated – Difficult, Length – 0.9 mile, Elevation change- 160 ft up & down.
How To Get There: It’s off Route 6 in Piti. Approx 45 mins from Andersen AFB and approx 15 mins from NBG. You can see the map HERE, provided by an awesome local hiker, set from Andersen but you can change it to wherever your starting from.
Bring: Water! Clothing: Gloves and capris/long socks are helpful as well due to the crazy mosquitos. Many of us also wore long sleeved pullovers to fend off the bugs. Bug spray! Sunscreen. Snacks. Visor/hat/Sunglasses are optional. Also waterproof bags for cellphones, at a bare minimum as zip lock bag so it doesn’t drown if you get caught in a downpour! Camera floats are also helpful for waterproof cameras & waterproof cell phone bags. Also for this one there is a small ridge you have to go around or jump in the water to get around, we used large waterproof bags to put our backpacks in and we were able to jump in with them and not worry about our stuff getting wet.
Parking: There is a grassy area that you can park in to the left of the road.
Traveling with little kids: We had a 5 year old in our group and he did great although he did need help with climbing and getting past the slippery mud parts. This may be a tough one to do with kiddos on your back as you have to climb down & up the falls, there are some steep areas, river walking, and if you go after a rain it’s super slippery! Tons of tadpoles & frogs which he found fun. You could also just do the upper falls and not hike down any more if you really wanted to go with littles but you’ll still have to climb down the falls and around the ledge or jump into the water to get around.
How long: Plan on at least 1 hour if your just hiking to the upper falls and swimming. More if you want to swim longer or plan to hike further down. We were here for 2 hours and hiked down to the next 2 set of falls.