Advanced Hikes : Discover Dominica, the Nature Island

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ADVANCED HIKES

 

Morne aux Diables - North

Duration: 4 hours
Forest type: Secondary Rainforest to Cloud Forest (elfin woodland)

This excellent but strenuous walk takes you across Morne aux Diables, a mountain that dominates the very north end of the island soaring 2,826 ft. Though this volcanic mountain is dormant, you will see active sulphur springs along the way. The trail traverses the northern tip of the Island from Tanetane on the northwest coast near Portsmouth, to Vieille Case on the northeast coast.

 

Morne Trois Pitons Trail- East

Length: 1.06 miles
Duration
: 6 hours
Forest type: Secondary Rainforest to Cloud Forest (elfin woodland)

Located to the north of Boeri Lake and Morne Macaque is the impressive massif of Morne Trois Pitons. Its French name means “Three Peaks,” as the top of this mountain is actually shaped into three peaks. Morne Trois Pitons is also a dormant volcano, and the second highest mountain on the island. It reaches up to height of 4,672 ft within 5 miles of the sea, and is the dominant landform and the namesake of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a World Heritage Site. The beginning of the trail passing through secondary rainforest is moderate, but gets steep and tricky when you’re into the elfin woodland. A very challenging hike, it requires both good physical condition and a sense of balance. It is advised to wear long pants for the razor grass, which is a common feature of the trail.

 

VERY DIFFICULT HIKES

With several peaks over 3,000 ft, there are some seriously challenging hikes to be discovered! The Boiling Lake is a must for any serious hiker visiting Dominica.

 

Boiling Lake - Roseau Valley

Length: Approx. 8 miles
Duration
: 6 hours
Forest type: Fumarole Vegetation, Montane Forest, Cloud Forest (elfin woodland)

A six hour round trip over challenging terrain, the Boiling Lake hike ranks as one of Dominica's most demanding trails. This well-maintained trail begins at approximately 1,600 ft, where a level stretch of rocky pathway blends with wooden steps. Although this is a strenuous trail, the trip is among the best ways to experience the rainforest of the Caribbean’s Nature Island. You’ll hear and see rainforest birds and other rare tropical animals. The first hour of the trail crosses wet rain forest and rises gradually from 1,771 ft to 2,260 ft before dropping 100 ft toward the Trois Pitons River. Often the first stop for hungry hikers, it also known as Breakfast River. Now the path follows a ridge, gradually moving from rainforest to montane forest. After an hour you’ll arrive at the highest point, 2,950 ft, with panoramic views across the central zone of the park. A side trail to the right takes you to Wotten Waven. Go to the left to enter the Valley of Desolation. Once a lush forested area, it now appears to be devoid of life. The floor of the valley, however, is covered in a dense mat of mosses and lichens. Below are grasses, scattered with yellow-and-white flowers. From here, our final destination, the Boiling Lake, is only an hour away. The world’s largest boiling lake, it appears like a cauldron of bubbling grayish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapor. The Boiling Lake is actually a flooded fumarole, a crack through which gases escape from the molten lava below, rather than a volcanic crater. It is 200 ft across and its present depth is unknown. The sides of the lake are a mixture of clay, pumice and small stones. The natural basin of Boiling Lake collects the rainfall from the surrounding hills and from two small streams. The water seeps through the porous bottom to the hot lava below where it is trapped and heated to boiling point. This is the most spectacular trail in Dominica, and it is only for the experienced hiker accompanied by a local guide (hightly recommended).

 

Perdu Temps Trail

Length: 4.8 miles
Duration: 8-10 hours
Forest type: Secondary Forest to Mature Rainforest

A guide is highly recommended for this trail as it is not easily marked and as the French name for this trail suggests, you may well “lose track of time.” The trail connects the villages of Delices and Geneva, and takes you over several peaks along valley floors and through rivers. Atop the mountain trail, rainforest sights and sounds will captivate you. Highlights include the River Blanc, Jack Falls, agriculture and farm areas at Grand Bay and Pichlin, and the World Heritage Site – Morne Trois Pitons National Park.


Morne Diablotin

Length: 1.25 miles
Duration: 5-6 hours
Forest type: Rainforest to Cloud Forest (elfin woodland)

At 4,747 ft, this is the highest mountain in the Eastern Caribbean, which is located in the Morne Diablotin National Park. The trail begins at approximately 1,900 ft above sea level, and usually ends at the “popular summit,” which is somewhat lower than the true summit. This hike provides you with a multitude of spectacular views, endemic parrots, an abundance of epiphytes, and various forest types.

 

Bolive Falls - East

Duration: 6-8 hours
Forest type: Secondary Rainforest to Upper Montane Rainforest

This very challenging hike to one of the island's most remote and beautiful waterfalls inside Dominica's mountainous interior begins in the southeastern village of La Plaine.

Hiking to Bolive Falls is truly experiencing "a walk on the wild side.” This very challenging hike take you to one of the island’s most remote and beautiful waterfalls. The trail is very steep and passes through lush rainforests with a variety of interesting vegetation. Bolive Falls is comprised of three waterfalls, with gorgeous pools just waiting to rejuvenate those who are intrepid enough to brave the hike. One of the falls is partially inaccessible and is most safely viewed from a distance. Hikers should be in very good physical condition before attempting this hike.