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“A Great Hike in Martinique”
Review of Montagne Pelee

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Owner description: This mountain may look innocent, but don't be fooled: it's really a volcano, responsible for the destruction of the town of St. Pierre.
Reviewed March 10, 2013

This hike, although quite steep in the beginning when coming from the Morne Rouge side, is well worth the effort. We went all the way to the top and around the caldera. The views in all directions were stunning. Although fairly hot at the base, elevation combined with occasional clouds kept us relatively cool up top. I hired a guide (french speaking) and loved learning about the mountain, the local flora and Martinique in general while hiking. We saw several families making their way through at least part of the hike at their own paces. Even if you don't get to the top, the views are still great. According to our guide, you have a better chance of clear skies if you start early, which was certainly good advice on the day we went. Clouds dominated by early afternoon, when we were coming down. Highly recommended if you enjoy hilly hiking.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

The hike up Mt. Pelee isn't too difficult however remember to bring water. The summit was clouded over when we arrived so we only went as far as the shelter on Morne Lacroix (1255m). Great views looking towards St. Pierre!

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

An affordable collective taxi leaves from Fort de France for Morne Rouge at 8 A.M. every morning. The hike to the top of the volcano starts with a walk on a small paved road for 2 km from Morne Rouge to the trailhead. Keep your eyes peeled for views on both sides of the road, as well as behind you. Views of the Atlantic are on the right and a fabulous view of the Pitons du Carbet is behind you. You will also see wild banana trees and fields growing Scotch bonnet peppers. Although it is hot at sea level, as you walk toward the peak the temperature quickly drops to a pleasant coolness. Stop at the memorial to the 30,000 people who were killed by the volcano in 1902. A cafe near the trailhead has ice cream for your way back down. Take your camera!

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