Gros Piton and Petit Piton, St Lucia

Gros Piton and Petit Piton, St Lucia

Gros Piton and Petit Piton are two of the iconic mountains on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, overshadowing the island with their twin volcanic peaks. Although they feature in almost every tourist brochure of St Lucia, few people actually make the effort to climb to the summits. It is a shame because from either peak there are spectacular views across St Lucia and also over to the neighbouring island of Martinique.

Gros Piton and Petit Piton Climb

From the historic town of Soufriere, the trail up Gros Piton snakes through tropical vegetation. The wildlife is diverse, and includes the St Lucia black finch and the red-necked pigeon. Local farms are alongside the trail, where you can see woodmen burning charcoal.

Hiking to Gros Piton and Petit Piton

flickr image by anax

Many walkers turn back after the first major viewpoint across the ocean, after which the trail does get steeper and harder, but the view from Gros Piton is worth the the effort, even in the tropical heat. With a descent to the bars and hotels below, what better way to end the day than with a Caribbean cocktail as the sun goes down?

Date posted: 21st September, 2017

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