St. Lucia’s most recognizable feature are the Pitons, two volcanic necks sitting side by side on the Southern coast. They are an Unesco World Heritage Site and are named the Gros (grand) Piton & Petit (petite) Piton. Hiking these was on my bucket list and we couldn’t leave St. Lucia without heading up!
We hiked the 2600 foot elevation Grand Piton from a 300 foot elevation point. It was an amazing but grueling hike. In order to enter the Piton Park for the hike, you must have a guide. We arranged ours from our hotel, Stonefield Estates. Our guide was this sweet, petite girl who looked far to young to be a serious hiking guide. Whoa. I was SO wrong! She moved at a fast clip and made it seem like she was taking a casual stroll through the mall. Chatting with her on our way up the mountain, we found out that she does this hike several times a week and sometime several times a day. I understand why a guide is required for this hike. While I am used to hiking California trails, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a trail. Most of the “trail” wasn’t even a trail! I stood & stared at places that she had just climbed up wondering how she knew it was a trail and how we were supposed to do it. At points it was a normal trail, other points we were using tree roots to hoist or lower ourselves over rocks.
The view from the top made it worth it!
Now keep in mind, this is a tropical island so in addition to the grueling trail, there was an occasional rainstorm that strung up! While the rain felt nice, it made us slip & slide our way up & down. I was more scared on the way down, but we made it!
After the hike we went back to our hotel to enjoy a much deserved & much appreciated St. Lucia local Piton beer and some yuca fries!