Mount Tapochau

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Mount Tapochau
Mount Tapochau.JPG
Highest point
Elevation 474 m (1,555 ft)
Prominence 474 metres (1,555 ft)
Coordinates 15°11′20″N 145°44′35″E / 15.18889°N 145.74306°E / 15.18889; 145.74306Coordinates: 15°11′20″N 145°44′35″E / 15.18889°N 145.74306°E / 15.18889; 145.74306
Location Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Mount Tapochau is the highest point on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. It is located in the center of the island, north of San Vicente village and northwest of Magicienne Bay, and rises to a height of 474 m (1554 ft). The mountain offers a 360 degree view of the island. Mount Tapochau was vital in World War II as a result of this.

As of 2016, the only road up to Mount Tapochau is a long, winding, uphill climb over endless loose rocks and massive potholes. The road looks as though it has been repeatedly eroded by heavy rain over many years. This path would be dangerous to traverse in wet weather and should only be approached in a heavy duty vehicle in dry weather.


A panorama taken from the top of Mount Tapochau. In the distance to the left is Tinian; to the right is Garapan

The base of Mount Tapochau is covered with phosphate, manganese ore, sulphur, and coral limestone. The peak is also a limestone formation.