Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park: Address, Boiling Lake Reviews: 5/5

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Said to be the second largest in the world, this hot springs lake is a caldron of gray-blue water at a temperature ranging from 180 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit; a full-day rigorous hike with a guide is needed to visit this awesome sight.
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Alecia H
13 contributions
May 2022
What a trek! I am only “somewhat fit” and am so glad that I did this hike. It was a magnificent rainforest and geological adventure. We did 80% of the hike to Boiling Lake because the water was gone out of the lake (keep reading below). It was still worth the trip and you can see the dried up Boiling Lake from the top of Morne Nichols along with other small fumeroles. Our distance was close to 7.5 miles round-trip climbing 2100 feet in elevation. It took us about 8 hours at a slow pace with a swim in the hot springs and other looking around, eating snacks, etc.

You must use a guide for this. Read reviews from recent years—as advertised this is a hard day hike. Hurricane Maria changed the trail so be sure you are reading info post 2017. Parts of this trail are not marked and there are no “paths” in some places so you need a local guide to avoid getting lost.

Be aware that the Boiling Lake has been dropping and returning in recent months. You can see info about it on the West Indies Seismic Research center website.

Use Chadi Symes as your guide! On Instagram: Islandadventure_767
Written June 4, 2022
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Amanda B
5 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This hike was an incredible adventure! It's not for the faint of heart with its steap ups and downs, scrambling down into desolation valley, and boiling streams.
I highly recommend hiring a local experienced hiking guide to make your trip a positive experience - especially Chadi Symes. Chadi was patient, had a great sense of humor, and shared interesting facts about the plants and views we saw along the trail. His commitment to safety was impeccable. Get in contact with Chadi via his Instagram account islandadventure_767
Don't miss this incredible hiking experience. As Chadi says, "Don't think just do man!"
Written March 31, 2022
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Emmy
9 contributions
Dec 2021
My husband and I did this hike with Elvis as our guide. For reference we're athletic, in our 30s, and the longest hikes we've done are a few of the 14ers in Colorado last summer. The Boiling Lake hike was more challenging than those hikes, though, mainly because the terrain is very unpredictable. The first part of the hike has a few sections that are extremely steep and slippery, and then you get the Valley of Desolation, where boiling hot water is bubbling out of the ground around you. We went on a bit of a rainy day, so we didn't get the amazing views from the higher points in the hike—still, it was a one-of-a-kind hike that took us just over 7 hours to complete, and we were exhausted (in that nice, happy, proud way) at the end. I would 100% recommend this hike as long as you have a good guide like Elvis. He helped us through all the more treacherous parts and made us feel safe. He also taught us about all the different plant-life we passed along the way. It made the long, tough sections go by much faster. Plus, on our way back, he pointed out a "natural jacuzzi" that my husband and I could soak in for a few minutes to rest our legs. What an experience!
Written December 17, 2021
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Lora Avalon
Frankfurt, Germany153 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
This hike is definitely not for everyone. This hike is not 6 miles, not 2,300 ft in elevation anymore. This is a completely different trail now after Hurricane Maria in 2017 has washed parts of it around Valley of Desolation.
This is now a 8.5 mile hike and is 3143 feet in elevation climb… and it took us 7,5 hours with breaks of water, food and photos. It is definitely worth the effort because this is the second biggest lake of its kind in the world. Our tour guide Chadi Symes made it fun, adventurous and surprising. Definitely recommend him as a guide!
Written September 23, 2021
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Dawn.avalon
Frankfurt, Germany7 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Amazing hike, it took us 7 hours and 40 minutes in total but with more breaks around 30 minutes at the half way and another 30 at the Boiling Lake. Our guide Chadi Symes was really cool, he showed us all kind of trees, flowers, fruits, told us stories about the site, about the difference kind of minerals and rocks, the reason of the colors of the rocks, he made us a surprise in the small boiling fumarole also. And by the way… if you are an influencer or a blogger you definitely want to book this guy because he takes really good shots, he is a good photographer. I definitely recommend this hike but do it with Chadi Symes if you want fun guaranteed.
Written September 23, 2021
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Colorado K
Colorado132 contributions
Sep 2021
Wowza- what a hike! And what a great guide we had in Chadi Symes!

If you regularly hike 14ers, this will be an okay hike for you. If you are really fit, this will be an okay hike for you. If not, seriously think about doing this full hike, maybe consider doing part of it? For reference: my husband (49 years old) and I (44 years old) hike in Boulder, Colorado 3-4 times per week, each hike 2-7 miles, with usually between 800-1800 ft in elevation climb. This was a very challenging hike for me. Less so for my husband because he hikes 14ers but still not an easy hike by any means. (If you have ever hiked Boulder CO, this is like hiking Royal Arch 2.5 times back-to-back). There is not a lot of fluff in the descriptions of this trail- it is hard.

The biggest challenge for us (tourists from Colorado, USA) was the heat and humidity. We are used to hiking in 60-75 degree weather with low humidity. This hike was 92 degrees and humid. We had a gorgeous sunny day with amazing visibility- but it was like hiking in a sauna. I have never sweat so much in my life. (On a rainy day, it may be less hot, but the trail is going to be tougher because of mud and slippery rocks.)

Alltrails is wrong- this is not a 6 miles, 2300 ft elevation hike. This is now a 8.5 mile hike and is 3143 feet in elevation climb. It sounds like the trail has been washed out in a few spots from a hurricane and then a mudslide more recently, so the trail is different than it used to be. Don't be fooled by older reviews- this is a different trail now. It took us almost 8 hours with water breaks, 30 minutes at the Boiling Lake, and other fun stuff our guide Chadi did (I won't spoil the surprises!)

The first mile is fine- flat and then another mile uphill, steep but fine. The trail doesn't have a lot of switchbacks, it is just straight up hill so be aware of that. I used trekking poles and I am so thankful I had them- they really helped me from slipping. You will be scrambling and sliding on your butt down some parts. You will use ropes to descend and ascend small rock faces a few times. You will have to rock hop across rivers and streams. The trail is narrow in some spots and you will find that most of this trail is hard work. My husband says this would be considered a Class 4 trail in the US.

I am really glad we did it, but wow- it really tested me.

A few tips-
If it is a sunny day and hot, bring lots of water, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. (You can refill on fresh water after the Valley of Desolation too.)
Bring food to snack on and keep your energy up. We brought Shot Blocks and they were awesome.
Wear hiking boots/shoes, you will need the traction on slippery mud, logs and rocks
If you have trekking poles, use them.
Be prepared to get really dirty and muddy
Go early- we went too late after 9 am and wished we would have gotten there earlier, when it was cooler.
Do not do this hike without a guide. Much of the trail has been washed out and we had to hike along the river where there is no path. This is not the trail to blaze your own way.

Our guide was Chadi Symes - you can find him on Instagram under islandadventure_767 Chadi was amazing- patient and knowledgeable. We learned so much about Dominica from him and he was a real pleasure to hike with!
Written September 1, 2021
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hannah
London, UK19 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Highly recommend dedicating a day to the boiling lake hike if you enjoy a challenge and don’t mind getting muddy! There are a many tough climbs up followed by steep climbs down, walks through streams and as you are in the rainforest it will likely rain!

The scenery is amazing, the boiling lake is cool but it was the whole trail which makes it worth it.

We hired Chadi Symes as our guide after seeing him mentioned on trip advisor and on travel blogs. Chadi made the day enjoyable, is very knowledgable and we would highly recommend booking with him.
Written August 2, 2021
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Omar H
59 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
My wife and I were looking for a challenging hike and Boiling Lake seemed like something we could conquer and check off our adventure list. Most of the locals discouraged us from hiking it and pointed out just how intense and challenging it was. We weren’t deterred but that doesn’t mean it was easy! It was one of the MOST challenging hikes we have done and we have hiked Mt. Washington in NH and consider ourselves athletic - so definitely be ready mentally and physically. We are so happy to have had Chadi as our guide. He knew every tiny detail about the hike and area including sharing cultural and historical experiences with us. He hiked at our pace and kept us motivated but realistic about how far we still had to go. He was friendly, entertaining and truly cared about maintaining the beauty and nature of Dominica. This was probably a once in a lifetime experience but we are so happy we did it! Don’t be afraid to get dirty/wet so wear comfy clothes and hiking boots because this will be a long hike. We enjoyed beautiful panoramic views at Morne Nicholls, hiked up and down crazy steep slopes, marveled at small waterfalls and refreshing streams and passed through the Valley of Desolation to hike the 2nd largest Boiling Lake in the world. We highly recommend Chadi Symes if you decide to embark on this thrilling adventure - you will not regret it!
Written June 16, 2021
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Colby T
1 contribution
Mar 2020
This was the best. He is the BEST!
We considered ourselves intermediate hikers.. this hike was hard, and satisfying.
Nigel made it totally worth it. He was consistently upbeat, encouraging (we needed it) and overall a wonderful and friendly person with a heart of gold. At one point when I wanted to give up he was encouraging and keep me going. He knew exactly what he was doing, was full of information and facts about the local wildlife and foliage, had amazing stories to keep us entertained and answered all our questions!
We had a fantastic time hunting the mysterious Agouti, stopping at the streams for a dip, eating eggs cooked in the Valley of Desolation and conversation with Nigel where he thought us all about the multipurpose use of materials you find on the way!
Our tour consisted of us and another couple. Not only did he do well with mixing our levels of ability, he is great at interacting with all and keeping our conversation going!
We have already talked about returning and when we do we will be hiring Nigel again for all of our guide needs! Our trip would not have been the same without him making it as memorable as he did!
Thanks Nigel!
Written April 13, 2020
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CDNMarmalade
Edmonton, Canada93 contributions
Feb 2020
I have to stay right off that this hike took us 8 1/2 hours return. I was very tired at the end but did not regret doing it for a second. The day started at 6AM so we could be on our way back before the weather turned hot. Our guide Golden was fabulous. He gave us some brief instructions on what to expect, gave us time to warm up and we were off. The trail starts with a gentle uphill, which turned downhill to a stream we crossed, then steeply uphill for about 90 minutes to the summit of Morne Nichols. After that we had a sharp descent to the Valley of Desolation before the final climb the Lake lookout point on the edge of a crater.

We took more water than we needed as there were 2 points where we could refill bottles. There is also a hot water pool where you can soak. Be prepared for rain and to get dirty. The downhills can be slippery so take extra care.
Written March 3, 2020
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