Mount Scenery
Mount Scenery
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At 3,000 feet, Mount Scenery is the highest point on the mountainous island of Saba and can be reached via a difficult hike through the rainforest.
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Callie Dee
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The Mount Scenery hike was amazing. It can be done solo, just be careful if the trail is wet or gets wet. I got caught in a downpour on the way up and it made the rest of the hike a little slippery. Bring a walking stick with you, some people leave them at the trail head.
Written January 10, 2020
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Christopher
New York City, NY205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We only went half way up, make sure you wear comfortable shoes with good tracking. It rains a lot and can get slippery. Also make sure you have plenty of water and take breaks. Best time to go is early in the morning. Views depend upon visibility but the trip is worth it either way so don't let weather discourage.
Written January 20, 2020
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Fred W
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a must do. It is slippery at points so wear appropriate shoes. We are that proverbial middle aged couple who USED TO BE in great shape. Our taxi driver told us it was a "moderate hike" to the top. "Moderate hike" obviously has different meanings to different people. I believe the sign says there are 1067 steps to the top. We intended on knocking out 100 at a time before taking a rest. We did not realize that the steps varied in height from about 6 inches to what seemed like 4 feet. That being said after two hours and several snarky remarks we finally made it to the top. Completely worth it. Beautiful place

The descent was agonizing. Consisted of a combination of walking, falling, rolling, etc. I do not recommend taking pictures of your wife while she is falling. It is apparently more appropriate to go see if she needs assistance. (My bad).

We finally made it to the bottom. Sweaty, sore, bad moods, etc. We spent the next day taking Advil and laying very still on the beach on St. Maarten. We now laugh about our experience. It made a fantastic memory to talk about.

Also take plenty of water.
Written July 24, 2022
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Sharon Q
Kralendijk, Bonaire386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
You do not need a guide to climb the mount scenery. The path to the top is easy to follow.
I highly suggest for the adventurers under us to start from the Sandy Cruz trail at Zion's Hill. Just a short hike in this trail you will see a sign that states <-ELFIN FOREST. The Elfin Forst trail is another way to reach the top of the mount scenery and this trail is 100% more beautiful and more fun. From the top I went down the normal Mount Scenery path which is basically just stairs and the Elfin Forest trail is really going through the nature with a small path. Please note that I found the path towards the top way more beautiful then the view from the top itself.

Make sure you wear good shoes and bring a rain jacket. Also always bring a lot of water with you and something to eat.
Written December 8, 2021
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JacksonGuy
Jackson Miss.792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Family
I was lucky enough to live on Saba for three years. The island is a crazy step back in time.

Mt Scenery is the cloud enshrined pointy-top middle of the island. Its usually, about 25 days a month, encircle with clouds. Every now and then the winds will blow away the clouds, and you can see the top, or, if on top, you can see down. I have hiked it literally hundreds of times (there isn't much to do on Saba) and its great either way.

The forest is a true, (by academic definition) a rain forest. Its the only one in all of the Caribbean. It has huge elephant ear ferns, moss, lichens, and abundant wildlife, including wild parrots, macaws, and song birds. The iguanas can get 5-6 feet in length. Its a great, although tough, hike. But definitely worth the effort.
Written May 20, 2012
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lisadramsey
winona, mn44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
An experience going through the different climate zones, and those stairs are a great workout! Careful after a rain, even a few days later, as it can be very slick. We took the Bud's Trail down which was also slick at the top, but a different experience yet again as it was a path through the jungle, not paved/stairs like most of Mt Scenery trail. Definitely grab a hiking stick from the Trail shop as it was super helpful to have on the slick spots!
Written February 13, 2017
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banderella
Denver, CO104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
I'm short and the stairs were hard as hell! Took me 98 minutes up and 89 down. I was sore the next couple of days but wouldn't have missed this opportunity for anything in the world. I hiked a volcano! Amazing! And, Saba is an amazing island with amazing locals. Love this place!
Written December 13, 2016
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SylvieFrancois444
Ontario Canada1,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
This is a beautiful hike in the rainforest. We stopped at the little shop in front of the trail head to get some water, signed in and headed out. They say 90 minutes one way, but if you are fit, it won't take you that long. We made it to the top in 45 minutes and we stopped here and there for photo ops.

We stayed a little more than an hour at the top, waiting for the clouds to clear and it was certainly worth it. We did both of the trails, the muddy one has the best view and you get to use a cord to climb up to the view point.

Forgot to mention that you can get some walking sticks at the little shop and a certificate of achievement for climbing Mount Scenery. Nice souvenir!

Enjoy the journey!
Written February 20, 2016
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DanielGretchen
Madison, AL11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We have taken this hike when the mountain top was completely covered in a thick layer of clouds. As a result, when we reached the top, we saw absolutely nothing, so keep that in mind. The hike, though very steep, is easy to follow, with lots of supporting steps here and there.
Even if the summit is covered in clouds, make sure you hike to the Maskehorne Hill, which has the best views of Windwardside. Most of Windwardside pictures you can find on google are taken from the Maskehorne Hill.
Once on the Mount Scenery trail, hike for about 30 minutes and then, you will see a sharp turn left. From there, it's a five minute walk to the top of Maskehorne Hill, which has a pretty wide rocky surface void of any trees.
The trail Mount Scenery is easy to find - almost right after you leave Windwardside in the direction of The Bottom, you will see the trail sign on the right.
Avoid the hike altogether if it rains - you will be covered in mud and see nothing at all.
Written September 11, 2014
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Zaknafein
State College, PA154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I took the ferry over to Saba from St. Maarten specifically to hike Mt. Scenery. The nuts and bolts are pretty easy... once you get to Windwardside (an easy cab/shuttle from the dock) they'll drop you off at the trailhead shop where you can pick up a hiking stick and a bagged lunch (easily booked ahead of time) and then it's right to the trailhead to start the hike.

The sign says to allow 90 minutes. We'd like to think that we're proficient hikers and at a reasonable pace we made it to the top in 60. It's straight uphill but not a horrible climb... and although the trail is mostly concrete/paved it's not flat and you definitely feel out in the forest a bit as there's a lovely canopy and beautiful tropical foliage all around.

There were several nice viewpoints on the way up but the top was mostly fogged out (apparently not uncommon and definitely take the side detour up Mas Cohones Hill... all of 5 minutes for another great view). The trail can be slippery so I'd advise borrowing a hiking pole from the trail shop (the employees there are super nice/helpful) and I wouldn't do it in the rain, but otherwise it's a great trail... the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands... and an all-around fun day. Very glad we made the trip!
Written January 19, 2020
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