En Bas Saut Trail
En Bas Saut Trail
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A hiking trail winding along a number of scenic waterfalls.
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Tony V
Ottawa, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
This is a review for the do it yourself adventurers. Sure you can find guides in Soufriere for this hike but if you have already rented a vehicle with good clearance then I highly recommend going for this hike. It is an easy way to experience the interior of rainforest of St Lucia without too much effort. Be sure to take your bathing suit for a cool dip. Leave about 4 hours to drive up, hike, swim and return to Soufriere.

Prerequisites:
- average or better fitness
- confidence starting with directions and following your nose

How to get to the trail:
- take the main road out of Soufriere to the east (Sir Arthur Lewis St)
- drive up past Toraille Waterfall to the town of Fond St Jacques
- 2/3 through Fond St Jacques take left turn up through the town of Migny
- road goes from paved to rocky with the occasional concrete tracks on hills
- as this levels out you will see a sign to turn right to the Enbas Saut Waterfalls
- you will come to a parking lot with an abandoned concrete building (step up - no roof) on a slope to the right
- leave your vehicle here and continue walking the road curving to the left which then turns to single track hugging the hill to the right
- continue following this trail until you arrive at a gazebo to the left of a locked wooden shack, in front of which you will see two big signs propped on the ground saying welcome to the Enbas Saut Waterfall trail
- pass through the gazebo and start down the never ending stairs

The stair hike down takes you down, down, down into the rain forest valley below occasionally following ridges with beautiful views from both sides. The trail is amazingly maintained given the abandoned look of this adventure. You will arrive at a small river at the bottom of the valley. Continue along the river to your right. You will pass a sign on the ground point to the direction of the top of the falls. Just before the sign you will see another similarly maintained trail turning to the right. Remember this as your easier loop back up to the start.

The trail will appear to stop at the river bed and just beyond this is the top of the falls. On the other side of the river you will see the trail continue to a stop between the upper and lower falls, as well as to the base of the lower falls. The pool between is amazing for a deep water dip!

For your return, hike back up to the right turn just before the sign on the ground directing you to the falls. This trail has an easier grade and arrives at the top just to the south of the trail head further down the single track trail along the side of the hill in a beautiful grove of flowers. When you arrive at the top take a right and follow the trail back to the trailhead and beyond to your car.

Awesome time!
Written March 16, 2015
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JSB_10
Grand Lake, CO5 contributions
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This is a beautiful trail through the rain forest to a waterfall and pool. This well-maintained trail is all down hill on the way in and consists mostly of steps built into the hillside. In the dry season (February) footing was quite secure but I imagine it could be slippery when wet. The way out is all up hill and again almost all steps built into the hillside. If you are an experienced hiker in good condition it will not seem particularly strneuous. A trail fee of $10 US is required and the man collecting may not have any official identification or uniform other than his receipt book.

WARNING! A local trail guide tried to extort us for a $200 US fee for guiding us to the waterfall. It is not clear whether or not a guide is actually required but one was to be included in the tour package we arranged for the trip to the waterfall. When you arrange for your hike, be sure you clarify if a trail guide is included in the price quoted. Before you start your actual hike, be sure that you and your guide are quite clear about whether or not he and you are expecting any additional payment.

The trail head is difficult to find and up a rather rough road which would be no problem for a four wheel drive vehicle. Our group went with a taxi driver arranged by our hotel and his rear wheel drive vehicle made it up okay if a bit slowly. If you are used to driving rough gravel mountain roads it should be no problem for you during the dry season. I would be more concerned during the rainy season with the possibility of mud.

To get to the trailhead, you go to Soufriere and turn left and head up to a small village where you again turn left and continue out of the village and up to where the road turns quite rocky and is deeply rutted in places. The best of this section of the road is a couple of places where they have laid cement tracks to drive on. A final right hand turn takes you onto a smoother gravel road to the actual trail head. When you hike out you will actually come up a bit of a walk down this road from where you started your hike. Sorry I can't be more specific - I forgot to bring my GPS on the trip.

When you get to the waterfall if you want to swim or wade in the pool at its base you might want to bring along some shoes you don't mind getting wet as the access to the pool is rocky. The water is cool and quite refreshing if you are hot. Enjoy!
Written February 25, 2010
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Richard J
Sheffield, UK1,683 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Arrived under our own means at Migny with a view to hike the track/trail that runs East through the rainforest and in fact according to the excellent 1:50,000 map by 'Gizi' joins up with a road above Micoud.
Immediately a young man Kenneth joins us and insists we take him as our guide. I politely decline but he insists on following us. I tell him again 'No Guide, thankyou' and still after 30 minutes he is still keeping up with us. I engage him in conversation and very politely explain very clearly that I am most definitely not going to give him a fee and explain clearly I don't want him to be disappointed at the end of our walk.
Anyway, to justify posting on this page, I would like to reassure readers at a split in the track the sign to En Bas Saut is clearly marked!
We proceeded straight up the track for a view of the Pitons but we were so irritated by our stalker that we gave up our walk and returned.
We had a pleasant chat with a charming rasta man and I mentioned to him that we told our stalker not to guide us. He said, 'You told him No, that means No. Don't pay'.
Sure enough when we got back to our car the Kenneth demanded payment and was resentful when I wouldn't pay. This youth spoilt our day,
Frankly the propensity to tip for no service, predominantly by our North American cousins has ruined this island.
If I follow somebody along 5th Avenue, New York or Bond St, London I do not feel entitled to demand payment from a stranger, but it is normal behaviour here.
This behaviour is not about disparity of wealth, if you believe that don't come here on a cruise, or stay in an All-inclusive where the profits go straight offshore. The continual ripping off of tourists in this country is considered normal, behaviour that would get you arrested in Europe.
D*****t, all I want to do is walk along a public road in the forest. Please don't tip unofficial guides.
Written January 20, 2019
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Norman W
Charleston, SC17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Many advise to use a guide for this trail and we did first attempt to do so with the aid of one arranged by our hotel (Fond Doux). He was called Smith and apparently worked for "Exciting Tours". The deal was touted as a 3-4 hour trip at $60 each. However, all we got was 2.5 hours and we just walked up the road from Migny and back again. He skipped the rainforest altogether! Only when we did further research on the place did we realize just how badly we had been shafted. Lesson learned. Don't trust your hotel.
So, not wanting to miss out, we did it ourselves using Tony V's excellent guidance from March 16th, 2015. It's a fantastic trail - the true rainforest experience we had paid for but never got a couple of days earlier. We got great looks at the St. Lucia Parrot, as well as many other birds. The flower garden at the end of the return loop was unbelievable. The steps are a bit hairy at times with occasional steep drops on each side, but the route is easy to follow. And without a guide you can enjoy it at your own pace. There is an element of danger, but we had cell phones and a guide isn't going to prevent you slipping if that happens.
Overall, this was the best thing we did in St Lucia, no thanks to the "guide" and probably because we did it without a guide.
My only regret is that the money we gave to Smith did not support the Forestry Service because they need it to maintain this trail.
Written February 14, 2017
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Marysvillian
Perth, Australia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
My title is a bold statement but I do think this hike would be hard to beat! If you walk very early in the morning you should be able to see a wide range of birdlife although we walked in the middle of the day and still enjoyed the beauty of this rainforest area.

We caught a taxi to within a couple of km from the start of the track because the road has been rendered almost impassable by massive landslides after the 2007 hurricane. We met our Rasta guide Mango at the small village of Fond St Jacques and continued on foot with him.

He showed us the fruiting and medicinal plants, collected some wild oranges for us to enjoy at the waterfall, pointed out his grandparents' house and explained something of the recent history of the area. He was totally tuned-in to our needs, paced the hike to suit us and finished the tour by showing us his family plot of land where he and his brother grow vegetables for the local market.

On the way back we took a different path to the one we would have taken had we been by ourselves, making it more interesting. Mango also introduced us to some other locals which all added to the special nature of this tour.

Mango can be contacted on 715 8542 (local calls only).

Good footwear is essential. A swimming costume for the pool at the base of the waterfall would be a bonus.
Written January 1, 2015
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MVCCCan
Manitoba, Canada111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
In my humble opinion this is one of the most underrated attractions in St. Lucia. If the St. Lucian government built a proper road to the entrance of the National Forest Reserve there would be for greater number of visitors to this remarkable works of nature. Getting to the Enbas Saut Trail is the hard part. Thanks to Charlma at Discover Soufriere we were able to get drivers and four wheel drive vehicles to take us to this trail. Our guide Mr. Smith was top notch. His knowledge of trees, plants and birds was outstanding. We began the hike by descending over 2100 steps. You want to have proper footwear and clothing. The trail can be slippery so care and caution are warranted, but it’s all doable. Just take your time, stop and take some pictures and listen to your guide. The beauty is outstanding; pictures do not do any justice to these parts of St Lucia. After you descend the 2100 steps then you encounter a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle. Here we stopped and had a bite to eat. We were welcome to swim udder the falls if we chose. Then it’s back to the top, and yes it’s a bit of a hike back to the ridge but there are many stops on the way examining trees and wildlife. Fabulous hike that all should consider. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuEShXPpEM4
Written February 21, 2014
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LInda B
Emsworth, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
We wanted to experience the rainforest by doing a long walk. We drove up to Fond St Jaques and then just kept driving (jeep necessary!). Eventually we passed a group of men and one asked if we needed a guide. He was very friendly and we agreed. He took us first up to a viewpoint of the Pitons and then down to the waterfall. It was a very long walk down the 2000ish steps. Total walk time 2 and half hours.Throughout the walk he was teaching us about local plants, trees and local life. We learnt so much about life in St Lucia. He then took us back up a different route. It was amazing and we loved the fact that no-one else was there. We had to put trust in our guide, but it turned out well. We gave him about $70 EC, a little above the going rate, but he was so great. He also did the whole walk in bare feet! Always agree a price beforehand. It is a demanding walk due to the challenge of the number of steps, so you would need to be fit to do this.
Written March 10, 2013
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ulchiki
London, UK234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
We feel this hike, together with Millet Bird Sanctuary and Tet Paul trails which are much easier, were the best activities St Lucia has to offer. This beautiful rainforest walk will take 2-3 hrs and is harder than the Millet Bird Sanctuary due to steep steps down then back up (approx. 2,700). At a cost of $10 per person ticket and a tip, knowledgeable guide (ours was Doug) will share with you interesting facts about plants and animal life in the area (we didn’t see any birds or animals but we now know what Frankincense looks like!) and will walk according to your speed. I my opinion, the waterfall is the best on the island, with crystal clear water, so don’t forget your bikini!

We drove ourselves there in our rented 4x4 vehicle and loved the excitement! To get there you will need to drive through Fond St. Jacques village, turn left at the bus stop (not sign posted) and carry on off roading along the track until you come to a small sign. Turn right there and park your 4x4 on the road (no car park).

To pre book your compulsory Forestry Department guide call +1758-716-7484 or email d.s.gaston23@gmail.com. They also offer guided walks to Mt. Gimie.
Written June 4, 2016
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Del
Rindge, NH88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
We did this hike with a group of 4 middle-aged fogies and 4 fit young adults. Some of the fogies struggled a bit, but we all made it down and back just fine. We all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

We relied on Tony V's EXCELLENT directions from his review of March 16, 2015. We drove up in a late model, rented Suzuki minivan - NOT an off-road vehicle by any stretch of the imagination, though a vehicle with reasonably good road clearance. The road was very rough and not recommended for the fainthearted, which included several of our group who seriously doubted our driver's and van's ability to navigate the treacherous way, but we persevered and made it all the way to the top and back without incident.

At the top, we were met by a local guide named Douglas. He wasn't wearing any identifying clothing or carrying any official ID, but he (gently) insisted that he was an official government guide and that we had to pay $25EC each for his services. He did have a pad of official-looking numbered receipts marked from the "Saint Lucia Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology". Also, at the trailhead, before the start of the descent down towards the falls, there was a very old, but very official-looking sign indicating that all trail use requires payment. Anyway, we decided to make no fuss and pay Douglas the $200EC, as requested. If nothing else, we figured that it was a contribution to the local economy.

Douglas was very pleasant, engaging, and informative, stopping us periodically along the way down to point out flora and fauna of interest, which definitely added to our enjoyment of the hike. We almost certainly could have found our way down to and back from the falls without his assistance, but with him there, we were able just to enjoy the walk without any worries. At the end of the hike, not being certain whether our $200EC payment would really go anywhere but to Douglas, we declined to give him an additional tip.

The trial was interesting, particularly due to the lush undergrowth and canopy of the rainforest. The way was steep in parts, but not persistently difficult.

Everyone went for a dip under the falls, which was the highlight of the hike (see photos).

Note that a subset of the same group (without most of the fogies) did the hike up Gros Piton about a week later. Gros Piton was much harder, much more crowded, and much more expensive than this Enbas Saut Trail, but Gros Piton also was much easier to drive to, much more spectacular, and it also afforded a much greater sense of accomplishment. Those of us who were able to do both, were glad that we did.
Written January 3, 2016
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pbfanning
Seattle, WA66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
This moderate+ hike has a lot of elevation, mostly by steps, on a well maintained trail. The reward is a nice hike through the rainforest ending a nice, cool, waterfall. Our guide, Smith, was fun, informative, and patient with our pace. I agree with other reviews that the road into the rainforest is barely a road but is okay as long as you rent a four wheel drive jeep. Be sure to take a lot of water. Cost was $25EC per person.
Written September 6, 2014
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