Visiting St Lucia
Visiting St Lucia is certainly a must- do experience on its own, but what you do while you are there will make a big difference in how you remember the island.
The Pitons, St Lucia’s two volcanic mountains, are certainly some of the island’s best features, and a Gros Piton hike is an experience unlike any other.
Gros Piton stands a remarkable 2,619 feet above sea level, and coupled with Petit Piton, it is the hallmark of St Lucia’s western coast.
The first half of the trail is for everyone to enjoy! The base of the trail winds around the mountain at a gradual slope. Magnificent views of the ocean and the Choiseul Village can be seen to the East. Several Brigand sites and the Anse L’lvrogne Canyon can be visited in the first section. Caves, tunnels, rock shelters, camps, signal stations, look-outs and landing sites make the tour interesting and mystical.
There are four designated stopping points along the way with benches to rest, although some hikers stop more often. The trail is reinforced and supported with handrails and many steps built into the mountain.
At the top there are two viewpoints; the first viewpoint gives you a great view of St. Lucia looking inland at the mountains, but if you walk ten more minutes across the top of the mountain you will be rewarded with eye-level views of Petit Piton and the ocean, which is a more stunning view than the first.
From the peak, you can see not only the gorgeous waters of the Caribbean, but a vast portion of the island itself.
The hike down is definitely easier. This hike is not a dangerous one, just one you want to be in fairly good physical shape for. The feeling of accomplishment for summiting Gros Piton is a vacation memory worth making.
THE ONLY WAY TO SEE ST LUCIA
A Gros Piton hike tour is the only way to see the island from this vantage point, and the experience you will have standing at the top makes it absolutely worthwhile.
When you decide to climb Gros Piton, you will experience the literal definition of high adventure. It is very important that you wear comfortable footwear that offers tread for stability as well as sunscreen to help protect your skin. A camera is also highly recommended, as the view from atop Gros Piton is something that very few locations in the world can even attempt to rival.