Pioneer Hill


The giant hillside towering over Esso makes for a rather tough and sometimes inelegant scramble through the trees, but the views from the top over the valley are spectacular. The pathway begins near the Paramushir Tur, and even though it's just 2km, it's quite an exhausting hike.

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Nearby Esso attractions

1. Ethnographic Museum

0.93 MILES

You can find out much about the history of the area’s peoples in this well-kept museum in a charming Cossack-style izba (wooden house) set beside the…

2. Ikar Lake

4.55 MILES

A pleasant and easy hike along the Bystraya River and through some thick woods (where you may encounter bears: be sure to bring flares to keep safe) will…