Fond Gens Libre Trail Hiking

South of Soufriere, the Fond Gens Libre Trail is a challenging 2,600 feet ascent of Gros Piton. While the record is a 45 minute ascent to the summit, most people spend all day climbing up and down. Gros Piton is a volcanic spike rising out of the Caribbean Sea. The summit provides awesome vistas over St Lucia and neighboring islands.

A permit is requried to hike on forest reserve trails. A professional guide may also be required, and is strongly recommended in any case. Both are easy to obtain for a small fee from the Forest & Lands Department at (758) 450-2231 or 450-2078, or by contacting the National Trust at (758) 450-5005. It is a punishable offense under the Forest Soil And Conservation Ordinance Act to attempt to access the forest reserve trails without a permit and, when required, a guide.

A guide is required in the Edmund Forest Reserve.

Note, if you plan to use a GPS device on St Lucia, the MAP DATUM is DOS 3 Lighthouse 1955 St Lucia.


Local Contact(s):  Heritage Hikes (758) 459-9748; Forest & Lands Dept. (758) 450-2231 or (758) 450-2078; St. Lucia Tourism (800) 456-3984; Jungle Tours, Castries (758) 450-0434

Recommended Book:  "Rough Guide To St. Lucia" from Karl Luntta

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Hardcore

Base Camp:  Hummingbird Beach Resort, Soufriere; Anse La Liberte (S. of Anse La Raye), (758) 459-4540; Ti Kaye Village Resort

Luxury Loding:  Anse Chastanet Resort (758) 459-7000; East Winds Inn

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Date Updated:  7/6/2016


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