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Gros Piton

Challenging summit hike to stunning views of land and sea.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  Along the Western coast of St. Lucia rests the majestic peak of Gros Piton. Rising dramatically out of the crystal clear waters of... more »

Tips:  Arrive early and have your taxi or tour guide make arrangements for the guide. The guide will meet you at the drop off point and show... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Interpretive Center

The Interpretive Center is a little house in Fond Gens Libra where you pay your fees for the guide. It has a model of the Piton and the guide will describe the hike.

2. Park & Mango Trees

The trail starts almost immediately after leaving the Interpretive Center, climbing briskly up a rock strewn path. The guides like to rush through this beautiful area (I think to determine the level of hiker they are dealing with) after several hundred feet, my guide turned and asked "so... have you ever hiked before?" .. "nope... ... More

3. Jungle Walking

Even though the trail is gaining altitude at a reasonable pace, the path is nice and mostly dirt. This is not a scenic byway for viewing, it is primarily a walk through the jungle with over-growth blocking the view and sections where rocks and roots cover the trail.

4. First Ocean View

Rounding the curve of the mountain, there is a break in the jungle trees and a view of the Ocean opens up for the first time. After a few more steps, a view of the summit of Gros Piton is visible.

5. Halfway

Reaching the Halfway mark, not in miles covered, but in time traveled you are rewarded with stunning views of Petite Piton. This marks the end of the "easy" portion of the trail and my guide informed me that about half of the hikers turn back at this point.

6. One million stairs

I don't know if this is the actual name for this portion of the trail, but it felt like 1 million stairs. This is the more difficult portion of the hike. Large stair steps, often above the waist, kept your legs humming along at gaining altitude. Up steps cut out of dirt with logs and roots to keep the dirt in place. Up steps of rock and... More

7. Summit of Gros Piton

The summit of Gros Piton is also covered with vegetation and therefore makes the views difficult to see, down climbing through more boulders allows you to reach a small platform and beautiful views to the East and South. Unfortunately the view of Petite Piton is off another direction and un-climbable during the rainy season.

I asked my guide if... More