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“Great hike, but consider your limits” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mount Christoffel

Mount Christoffel
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Owner description: At 1,200 feet, the mountain is home to many deer.
Richmond, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great hike, but consider your limits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

I agree with all others here- this is a great, strenuous hike and I highly recommend it. I am a regular runner and consider myself pretty fit, but my arms and legs were really sore after this hike. If you're on the shorter side (I'm 5'4") you will be using your arms a lot on the bouldering section at the end. That said, listen to your body and be aware that help is not necessarily on they way if something happens. While climbing we ran into a man about half way up who appeared to be having a heat stroke. He was in really bad shape. There were many good Samaritans who were helping including someone who called the emergency line. When the emergency team arrived, it appeared to be just whoever they could muster to come, including teenagers- there did not appear to be any true medical support. I don't know how long it took that group to arrive- when the call was made they told them 20 minutes. When we passed them on the way back down from the hike (more than an hour later) the police were just heading up the trail, again appearing not to have any medical equipment. There was an ambulance at the bottom of the trail, but basically this very ill man had to hike out from where he was, which was incredibly challenging. I don't in any way mean to be critical of the the Curacao response team, they were doing what they could, which is more than you may get a lot of places. The reality is, this is a remote place and once you are up that trail there is no fast or easy way down. A sprained ankle or other relatively minor injury can become a major ordeal pretty easily. Definitely do this hike if you're up for it- it is a great hike. Just take lots of water, don't wear flip flops, listen to your body and turn around if it gets too tough.

Visited April 2014
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Novi, Michigan
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“Hard Hike to the Top - Worth It!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

Very strenuous hike to the top, including a 50 yard vertical section that is bouldering, not hiking. We walked from the park entrance, but you can park a little closer inside the park and save about 30 minutes. From the entrance to the lot is relatively flat, but we walk by some watering holes with wildlife. Once you get to the top it is an awesome view. Literally a 360 degree view of the entire island. Worth the hike. But be warned - it's a difficult hike that has one area that is both physically strenuous and potentially dangerous. The section with climbing at the top has one stretch that slopes away with no railing of any kind. If you slipped/fell, you'd go down the side of a cliff.

Visited March 2014
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“Amazing views, challenging hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I did this hike recently and loved it. We enjoy hiking but are not in amazing shape. We parked at the visitor center because we wanted the challenge. You have the option to drive in and park closer to the top. From the visitor center it took us about 2 hours 15min up and a little less than 2 hours down. We took a fair amount of breaks on the way up. We hiked the mountain trail.

It is definitely a challenging hike. Mostly hiking/climbing with mostly rock climbing at the end. The views from the top are definitely worth the trip. It's beautiful with a nice breeze to cool off after the hike up.

I don't know if it's necessarily 'worth it' to do the extra hike from the visitor center (opposed to parking closer to the top of the trail). It's mostly flat and there isn't too much foliage or interesting plants. At least not in March. We wanted a longer day hike and we wanted to do the whole trail.

Our best advice is to bring lots of water (we went through a 3 liter camelbak). I would recommend hiking boots. I would also recommend starting early (we started at 8am). Bring some snacks.

If you like hikes, are up for the challenge and feeling of accomplishment at the top- this is a must do!!!!

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“About the Park, not the Mount !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We came in a bit late. OK. So we were told that we can only make one of the 2 different parts of the park. OK too. But, they have no problem charging you for both! That's not correct and they did probably know it. Never-less, the drive itself was very nice, beautiful scenery. Do it, but do it in the morning!

Visited March 2014
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Kosice, Slovakia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

the trip is ok, not too long, but go early in the morning and then be back at 9-10 am at the closest beach. Great views and definitelly different look of the island from up there!

Visited October 2013
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