The Pitons, St. Lucia
The island of Saint Lucia is home to the twin peaks of Gros Piton (2,579 feet in height) and Petit Piton (even taller yet easier) both of which are accessible by foot to the adventurous traveler in roughly 4-5 hours. The trail cross through rainforests and scramb over large rocks along the way to the spectacular view on top, making it worth your wait in line to snap that all-important selfie.
It’s a truly challenging hike at 3,232 feet in height. Although the mountain isn’t particularly high nor is altitude a major concern, the fact that the hike begins near sea level, and ends some three hours later at the summit make it amongst the toughest excursions in the entire region.
The way to the top leads hikers scrambling over rocks and tree roots which requires the occasional ascent using ropes to reach the breathtaking view from the summit and a sense of true satisfaction at what you’ve accomplished.
More than two-thirds of the island of St. John is actually designated as part of the Virgin Islands National Park with stellar natural beauty and rich history, including civilizations that date back more than 1000 years ago. The park features more than twenty trails, spreading out across the island in a variety of different directions allowing visitors to explore entirely on foot.
Those routes wander through thick rainforests, past pristine beaches, and up and down rolling hills, allowing hikers to discover long-abandoned plantations and mills, hidden cabins, and small shacks that once served as slave quarters. A hike here will make hikers feel a bit like walking through history, with some sharp reminders of the past.
Is that tempting enough? What more to think about? Just get some trainers and get moving.