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“well worth the effort”

La Soufriere Cross Country Trail
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in St. Vincent
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Owner description: The La Soufriere Cross Country Trail winds its way from sea level up to the top of the majestic La Soufriere Volcano (4048ft/ 1178m). Granite cliffs reach for the sky, giving way to sweeping valleys and deep gorges and eventually the immense volcanic crater. The walk to the crater is moderately difficult, and takes about two hours uphill from the windward side. The La Soufriere Cross Country Trail snakes across the width of St Vincent, and can be walked from either the leeward or windward coast. The total trail is approximately 9 miles (15 km) long and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding land and seascape and close encounters with fauna.
Reviewed February 17, 2013

we took this trip with sailors wilderness tours whilst on a Caribbean cruise, we wanted to do something different, that didn't involve sitting on a beach all day. We were a party of six and we hired a guide (Ozzy) for the day, the weather conditions on the hike were excellent, we took insect repellent and plenty of water, and views at the top were outstanding. the going was fairly strenuous especially towards the summit - which is open and loose underfoot... but well worth the effort. Sailors Wilderness Tours can be booked before you leave for your holiday or booked through the tourist information center(which we did) on the island, they provided a great service and an excellent insight into the islands history.

3  Thank Tina B
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2016

Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike and and the views from the top were great. Come again soon.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Tried to find the path on my own, gave up because of many siudeways leading to "fields". Luckily, a student from RVA(who knew the way) was keen to go. Very rainy and windy on top, amazing how cold it can get! Beasutiful landscape and views.

3  Thank gabriel c
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and Pr assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2016

Thank you for visiting and thanks to the student who showed you the way and accompanied you also, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike and the views although it was rainy and windy and we are also happy that the both of you made it back down safe. Come again soon.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We did this back in March of this year. Hired the driver who picked us up at the airport to meet us the next morning and drive us up to the windward trailhead, just north of Georgetown. I had read enough about this trail to know a guide was completely unnecessary, even if it is the "rules" for the country (more like a shakedown, if you ask me). My wife and I are experienced hikers and mountain bikers and spend a lot of time in the backcountry and weren't about to hire a guide for a short 3.5 mile trip up a hill. If you're fit, comfortable in the wilds, and take a modicum of common sense along with you, you too can do this hike self-guided. The trail is as easy to follow as a sidewalk.

What to expect: the first two miles or so are through thick bamboo and banana jungle. The trail turns to a staircase at times and you will work up a sweat. The hike is only 3.5 miles one-way to the summit, but it climbs over 3000 feet of elevation in that time. If you live in the flatlands, this will hurt! Bring plenty of water and/or electrolyte drinks.

The final mile of the hike is done on an open craggy slope. If you look closely, you'll find boot tracks to follow, but you can simply just point yourself upwards and follow the path of least resistance. Watch your footing! It's loose! Lastly, the summit is often covered in mist and clouds. Approach the rim very... VERY slowly. It's a sudden drop, likely to your death, should happen to take one step too many in that clouds. Better hang below the lip of the crater and wait for the wind to blow it clear. Have lunch and turn around. Everyone says 2+ hours for the hike up, but it took us only 1:15, including stops for photos. We ate lunch at the crater rim, took a bunch of photos, and were back at the car in 2:50. Then again, we tend to hike very fast.

3  Thank Doug W
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2016

Thank you for visiting and sharing your input, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike and the beautiful views on your way to the top and from the top as well. Come again soon.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

La Soufrière shares with Mount St. Helen (USA) the fame of being one of the most studied volcanoes in the world. It rises majestically to over 4,000 feet. A tour to La Soufrière takes you along the picturesque windward (eastern) coast, through banana and coconut plantations to where the foot trail begins. You travel along steep volcanic ridges verdant with bamboo and tropical trees. This is a day’s journey for energetic hikers who should leave early in the morning, as the ascent to the crater is about 3.5 miles long. The expedition can continue down the west side trail and terminate 10 to 12 miles later in Chateaubelair on the leeward (west) side. There are gazebos, washrooms, a site office and parking at Bamboo Range on the eastern side of the volcano.

It took me 2 hours at a good pace to go up and 1h30 to come down. Bring a small backpack with fruits, lots of water, a lunch or picnic perhaps. Always go accompagnied with a local qualified guide. Do not forget your insect repellent (DEET), your camera, a good pair of hiking shoes, a walking stick, a Gatorade or a drink to help you recuperate some of the salts being sweated out. Be sure to verify the weather before heading out. If chances of rain, do not attempt to go up as mud, rock slides occur and are quite dangerous. Remember that this is an active volcano, so be on alert for unsual loud sounds... but do enjoy rest periods when necessary and if a nice Rasta man offers you a delicious coconut, take it and drive that truly caribbean gem.

2  Thank Christine A
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2016

Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments which would be helpful to other persons, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike. Come again soon.

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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Awesome hike, not for faint of heart. We went on a day that was too cloudy to find the crater.

Thank MoustangB
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2016

Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike although you did not get to see any of the wonderful views but maybe on your next visit you would be able to see the crater and the other views. See you soon.

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