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Climb the Petit Piton in St. Lucia
St. Lucia is not just home to lush vegetation and beautiful beaches. it is also a great destination for hiking. Two famous Pitons can be found on the island, the Gros Piton and the Petit Piton, and both have trails to the top. The Pitons are steep volcanic plugs that formed from hardened magma.
The Gros Piton is the taller of the two Pitons (approx 2,600 ft), but the Petit Piton (approx 2,400) is the more challenging hike. The Gros Piton is more frequently hiked. The Petit Piton should only be considered for individuals who are experienced hikers and are comfortable with rock scrambling and rock climbing. It is recommended to hire a local tour guide for both hikes. The Petit Piton hike includes a series of ropes one must climb to make it to the peak and this can be especially dangerous if one is unfamiliar with the trail and/or not careful.
Even though it is hard work to make it to the top of either of the Pitons, the views from the top are worth it!
Jamie & Skylar
We love to travel and explore. We visit a lot of off the beaten path destinations. We hike, paddleboard and climb- we are up for trying new activities!
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When climbing the Petit Piton is is easy to start the trail fast. The trail will very quickly become vertical. Take your time, manage your breathing and pay attention to your heart rate. Slow down and/or take a break to slow your breathing as often as you need to. This hike is very challenging and rewarding when you make it to the top, so ensure you get to the top by paying attention to what your body needs.
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Prepare by packing water, snacks and sunscreen. Be sure to wear cloths that can get dirty and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget a camera to snap a pic (or several) at the top!Add/Edit Before
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Grab a Piton beer after your hike. If you hike the Petit Piton there is a small stand at the beginning of the trail that sells beers and waters.Add/Edit Before