Gros Piton Nature Trail
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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David H
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Solo
Favorite part of the trail was definitely the top lol. My driver never climbed it before and was like "I'll climb it with you" which was cool cuz I was there alone(wife and friends stayed back). When I got there I was in flip flops and my guide asked if I was hiking in those(my boots where still in the car), I said to her "doesn't everybody?" She didn't laugh lol. She was cool though. It wasn't that bad however it's a continuous climb up and if you stop too long you probably won't finish. Don't get me wrong it went through my mind a few times while I was grabbing roots and clawing through dirt. The couple of lookout points had great views. Don't do what I did and throw two 1/2 liter bottles of water in your pockets, bring a small backpack with plenty of water. There is someone at the top selling beer, water and fruit. The driver and I crushed it in 1-1/2 hours. I'm in my 40's and the driver was in his late 20's and I wasn't gonna let him leave me behind(even though he was about 15 meters ahead the whole time) which gave me the motivation to push on up. I suggest you be in somewhat shape and a good mentality to conquer this gem. The top is rewarding, trust me. Be careful coming down it's definitely not the same and steeper lol. We were able to get back to the base in an hour, we were moving quite fast. If you're in shape and like hiking then I highly suggest it, I also suggest to work your calfs alot cuz mine were on fire the next day lol. I should've put more time on the stair climber than on the tread. Good luck. Next year Petit Piton(Maybe lol).
Written 22 November 2022
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Veee3
Toronto, Canada42 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
There's no question the views are amazing and the experience of hiking Gros Piton is worth doing. For us, it was our guide who made the experience less than great. From the start, he seemed disinterested in guiding us. For example, it wasn't until about 30 min into the hike when we commented that a walking would be helpful, especially in anticipation of steeper climbs ahead and coming back down, that he told is we could have rented one. Tip: rent a walking stick! Throughout the ascent he stayed well ahead of us (by 20 paces at times), giving the impression we were too slow. (Our driver to the trail head advised us to go at our pace. The guide is there to adjust. Good advice.)
While out experience wasn't great, we're glad we did it and recommend it as something to do when visiting the Soufrière area. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes, take plenty of water, and use bug spray. Also, be prepared to take big steps up and down rocks.
Written 14 November 2022
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Craig A
St Peter Port, UK22 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Spectacular morning of hiking up the Gros Piton. This was a good way to keep two teenagers engaged and away from their phones. The trek is hard: we are all regular gym goers and did it in one hour thirty with stops. It is the same time coming down. Expect to sweat a lot and take 2 litres of water each. Great views at the top and at the half way point.

A message to the management: Shame on you for not providing decent footwear for the guides. You are supposed to provide two pairs a year and you have not. The guides have holes in their shoes. With a $50 entrance fee, there is plenty of money to buy the shoes. Shame on you.
Written 24 October 2022
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jdmpsp
Mechanicsburg, PA25 contributions
Oct 2022
My wife and I consider ourselves to be fit people at 46 & 48 years of age, but this hike really kicked our butts. I expected a dirt trail, with some rocks, wrapping around the mountain to the top. Oh no. It was largely a scramble up large rocks the entire way. The first half, while much easier, was enough to get the heartrate up. The second half was very difficult. And going down isn't any easier. Watch your footing. We did the whole thing in just under 4 hours. My advice is to go early and take your time, especially on the second half.
Written 21 October 2022
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Alan S
Basseterre, St. Kitts111 contributions
Sep 2022
A good walk with really lovely views. If in decent physical shape then this will not be much of a stretch for you, but is still well worth it. The trail has rails for much of it which makes it comfortable going up and down. Most of the trail is also underneath trees, meaning it is shaded for the majority of the way. Nonetheless, a hat, and ample water is recommended.

I hiked the trail in September in low season so it was just myself and my guide at the top - which was terrific. I imagine during peak season the trail would be packed with people and this may dilute from the experience. So if going in peak season, definitely go as early in the day as possible.
Written 27 September 2022
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John_Richards7985
Noordhoek, South Africa16 contributions
Jul 2022
It was my main target on St Lucia and I wasn't disappointed. Some accounts of the difficulty are grossly exaggerated. It gets steeper higher up (surprise) but any walking-fit person who can put one foot in front of another can do it, there's nothing exposed or technical and you're in shade almost the whole way. 4 hours round trip is about the mark but why hurry ?

The view from the summit is stunning, there are fine views in other directions from the first two rest points as well.

The avocado icecream at the stall next to the path is worth a try.

Warning - the access road (which is signposted) has subsided near the junction with the main road, you can just squeeze past the cordon. Some big potholes too, take it slowly.
Written 7 August 2022
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Toby M
Los Angeles, CA34 contributions
Jul 2022
So many online reviews say go to the interpretive center in Fond Gens Libre. Yeah, good luck with Google or DuckDuckGo or whatever, there is a bunch of stuff "Gros Piton Hike" or whatever but not interpretive center nor Fond Gens Libre. We stumbled around asking and people were nice but vague. (Most St Lucians we told we had climbed Gros Piton had never done it). You can do all that wandering around, or you can arrage via your hotel who of course add some fee.

Or you can go to Sulphur Springs (who said the hike was closed, WRONG). Talked to a vendor named Alfred, who said "Eh you want to go TODAY we go!" and got in our car and took us the 20 minute back road to the actual spot. YAY! (The usual tourist front road, 1.5 hours).
- The parking is at 13°48'18"N 61°3'9"W (note that due to mountains this reading might be off a bit)
- This suggests the Google pins "Gros Piton Nature Trail" very near a gray pin "Gros Piton Hike" might be correct for the payment hut...maybe...
Alfred talked to the parking guy "park up there" and the parking fellow took down name and license plate.

We then walked to the left of the hut in the picture [which won't upload now, I'll try another day] and down some ways, there is another kind of hut to pay fees. $50USD per person, mandatory guide included (BUT you really must tip them eh? They count on that). A bit further on is a restroom and a place you can rent hiking poles (marginally useful to my wife, but sometimes the guide ended up carrying it) and supposedly backpacks which I saw none of.
- There was also ice cream, soda, a restaurant where you could pre-order your lunch upon return from the summit.
- I don't know the cutoff time but somewhere around 2 pm it all shuts down
- Take water. And more water. Unless you are used to very humid conditions (we live in dry Los Angeles) you will be sweating like in a sauna.

Now almost immediately you start climbing up a very rocky way. Many informations online say there is a long level part and then you start climbing. Alfred and our guide Al agreed the trail had been reworked some time back. And yes, funny their names are kind of the same. Then, you have more scrambling up rocks. And more, and more, and 2 more hours of this with some brief flat spots in between, and a couple of rest benches on the way. There is no "hiking" at all really.

There are nice views going up but never mind all that and GET TO THE TOP, I must repeat SUMMIT!!! Because up there it is really the awesome view of the whole south of the island and even the Atlantic over the mountains to the east. If it is all clouded over then wait and it should clear up.
- Don't do this climb on a day with a forecast of heavy rain all day. The trail will suck and be dangerous, and you won't see any views = merde for all your effort.

We took two hours up, and two hours down. It is so steep you cannot go down more quickly than you came up, without risking a nasty slip. It almost certainly will have rained so there is mud and slick rocks. For reference, while we are not triathletes, we regularly run 5-10 miles, I bike 12-20 often, yoga pilate weights, we were passing all other groups. So when Alltrails says this averages 2:45 this is nonsense, or only posted by the most motivated climbers.

After?
THAT is when you go to the Sulphur Springs! And look at the volcano, small but cool. Bubbling water pots, no lava that we saw. The "black water" pools were SO relaxing after this mammoth hike oh my god it was great; the mud sucked all the sweat off of us. Lovely.
Written 4 July 2022
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_r_candace
Atlanta, GA14 contributions
Jun 2022
I booked the Gros Piton Nature Trail hike through my resort, which partners with Superior Tours Services for transport to/from the trail. Once we arrived at the Welcome Center, I was greeted by my guide, Mitchell (“Mitch”). Before heading on the trail, Mitch went over the hike with me using a rendering of the trail, explaining what to expect, the level of difficulty, resting points, etc. The hike usually takes 2 hours to get up and 2 hours to get back down, of course this may vary depending on the individual.

The trail is VERY STEEP with rocks and steps along the way which made it extremely challenging to climb. The level of difficulty is strenuous. There were a number of times that I considered turning around, but was determined to make it to the top.

Things I found helpful:

1. Having an experienced and personable guide: Mitch was phenomenal! He was very patient, kind, and encouraging. He was also very knowledgeable about the history of the trail, St. Lucia, and other general topics. We had great conversations and laughs. Not sure if you can request specific guides, but if you can, definitely ask for Mitch.

2. Being in shape: I am an avid hiker and I keep physically fit (I work out 2-4 times per week) so was in decent shape to do the hike, it would have been far more challenging if this was not the case. The trail is very challenging/difficult/strenuous or any other synonyms you’ve read in these reviews. The trail goes straight up; I was expecting hiking switchbacks. The path is not smooth, there are rocks, roots, and steps along the way.

3. Bring as much water as you can carry: You will be sweating and depending on the time of day it may become too hot to continue without water. Bring snacks, too.

4. Be prepared for all kinds of weather: It’s tropical climate, so it might be very sunny on your way up the trail and rain on your way down (this happened to me), which can make it quite slippery and muddy.

5. Rest at each resting point: There are four resting points (including the top), be sure to stop and rest, even if only for a few minutes.

6. Bring insect repellent: I forgot to bring insect repellent and now I have insect bites all over my legs.

7. Wear hiking gear that works for you: I wore moisture wicking, light weight hiking gear (Bermuda shorts and trail tank top) and hiking shoes with ankle support; some hikers had on long pants with long sleeve shirts, others had on workout shorts and workout tank tops.

8. Bring trekking poles: I did not travel with my trekking poles so had to rent one on site ($5 USD). I always find these to be super helpful, especially on the way down as help to take the pressure off your joints.

9. Enjoy the moment: The scenery is stunning, be sure to capture the moment.

10. Bring cash: They have ice cream and light refreshments on site, but you will need cash for purchases.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Gros Piton Nature Trail hike.
Written 14 June 2022
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TravelSomeMFS
Brooklyn, NY248 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Beautiful nature, views, animals. Our guide Macgyver was very knowledgeable and told us about all the views, the nature, the plants, used for the plants. Highly recommend.
Written 14 June 2022
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clevertravelers
Newtown, PA362 contributions
Jun 2022
All Trails rates this as a hard climb for a reason. The good news is there are 4 separate rest points and you can return whenever you need to because they send 2 or more guides with each group knowing there will be stragglers. The first leg was a relatively easy hike but unfortunately our guides moved at a quicker pace then we normally would on unfamiliar terrain. This is not a simple trail hike. There is a lot of rock clambering. I made it one leg of the climb, my husband to the 1/2 way point and our 4 20-somethings to the top. The view from 1/2 way was gorgeous, so no reason to push to the summit if you can't make it. Note: the guides are climbers and not interested in acting as naturalists or even particularly conversational. That was kind of disappointing, but still fine. Spring for the $5 hiking stick rental.
Written 5 June 2022
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