To hike to the top of Gros Piton you are required to have a guide. The guides are organised by the interpretive centre in the town Fond Gens Libre at the start of the trail. You can either make your own way there or book a day trip through the community based Gros Piton Tours. The trip cost US$120 per person and included transport from our hotel in Rodney Bay, guide for the hike(on their own the guides are US$30) and lunch at the Fond Doux Estate after (http://www.fonddouxestate.com/).
The hike was a great rewarding work out taking around 4 hours round trip. There are some steep sections and the hike back down can be slippery especially if there is a tropical down pour. The views along the trail where beautiful, however a little hazy at the top. You need to be of average fitness to complete the hike, but the guides are happy to take it slowly if you are struggling. Make sure you take lots of water to replace all the fluids you will lose - our guide didn't break a sweat, but we were all dripping. You legs will of course feel it the next day, but nothing a swim in the sea wont fix.
All in all well worth the effort, I'm glad we ignored the hotel rep who tried to discourage us from taking the trip saying that it was too difficult.
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