Grenada Hiking Article
Adventure travel article about Grenada hiking
Grenada hiking article written by Travel Writer & Bradt Travel Guides Writer Paul Crask
This Grenada hiking article written by Bradt Travel Guide writer Paul Crask is about trekking in the Caribbean on the unspoilt island of Grenada. Here you will find Paul hiking in the Grand Etang National Park, to Mt St Catherine, Morne Fedon, Mt Qua Qua, St Margaret’s Falls and Honeymoon Falls.
A cool breeze whispered across farmlands of root crops and fruit trees as I followed my guide, Wilson, down a wide track into a pastoral dell beneath the high forest-covered ridges of the Grand Etang National Park. Though I could identify many of the things growing here I let him tell me about them anyway. It was all part of his repertoire and I didn’t want to spoil his fun. My legs were a little stiff and weary, I had been hiking all week, but my enthusiasm for Grenada’s trails had not waned. Hiking here had been both challenging and fun.
On Monday I had made it to the top of the island’s tallest peak, Mt. St. Catherine. It had been a real mud fest, a slippery scramble up and a soggy slide down a rather unbeaten track in the company of a band of young men from Paraclete, a former nutmeg producing hamlet perched on the vertiginous eastern slopes of the spice island. The next day they had promised me some hidden waterfalls and we had trudged through newly planted nutmeg groves and machete-whacked our way through deep bush to discover two towering falls that, as yet, had no name.
By Wednesday my appetite for Grenada’s inconspicuous and untrumpeted hiking trails was further fulfilled by an epic all-day adventure to the top of Morne Fedon, last stand of the 18th century uprising and site of a weather-beaten memorial to the rebellion’s leader, Julian Fedon. Over and under fallen trees, finger-tip traverses across landslides, and a relentless fight through thickets of razor grass, my friend Gurry and I finally collapsed at the summit where he paid homage to one of his country’s cultural icons. By the time we made it back down to the bottom, ten hours had passed and we looked like we had been lost in the forest for weeks.
Yesterday I had my acrophobia tested to the full along the narrow ridge trail to the summit of Mt Qua Qua and had nearly lost my shoes in the swampy trail around Grand Etang, the crater lake which gives the national park its name. I grinned at fabulous memories and achievements as I dutifully followed Wilson over a ridge and down a narrow track that would bring us to St Margaret’s Falls, one of the so-called Seven Sisters, a series of cascades and small waterfalls beneath the eastern ridge of the park.
Unlike my other hikes, this was a well beaten path, popular with tourists in the high season because of its relative accessibility and ease. In just under an hour of trouble free, pleasant walking we reached the very pretty double falls. Before I could blink, Wilson took a run and a jump. He seemed to hang in the air before diving head-first into the pool below, which really made me cringe – though not enough to stop me from asking him to do it all over again so I could take a photo.
“What about the Honeymoon Falls?” I asked when he returned.
“You’ve heard of that?” he grinned. “Come, follow me.”
A short scramble through forest and up another cascade brought us to a small cavern where a waterfall plunged into a heart-shaped pool.
Wilson grinned and I gave him the thumbs up.
This obscure little waterfall trail seemed to encapsulate the discoveries I had made this week. Known far more for its sailing and beaches, Grenada’s little-known hiking trails had been an adventure and a revelation. Taking a short time out to cool off in the pool I looked at the dense forest around me and couldn’t help wondering what other treasures were hidden back there.
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UK born writer and life-long traveler, Paul Crask writes for Bradt Travel Guides. He also pens articles and takes photographs for magazines and newspapers about his new home, Dominica, and the islands he has now come to know well and love: Grenada, Carriacou and the Grenadines. Visit his website www.paulcrask.com or follow Paul on Twitter >>
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