Hiked to the Top of Gros Piton. There are stops 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 the way up. It was raining lightly making the trail slippery. Th trail is about a mile long but 2000 feet in elevation. Think very steep stairs. The third section was the hardest for me. Round trip was 4 1/2 hours. We got a tour from Anse Chastanet which included the taxi both ways and breakfast.Left at 6:30. On the trail by 7:15. We didn't see anyone else until coming down at the 3/4 stop. The rain kept the temperatures low but obscured the view. Even when sunny, the top is often cloudy. The trail is mostly a rock scramble. Some big steps, and some small. There are handrails a lot of the way. If you slip and fall you will tumble down 5-10 feet. There is a place to buy snacks and Piton beer at the start and 1/4 up. Going down is the hardest. I walked down like it was stairs without issues. My wife and another woman would sit and slide from level to level Or went down facing the rocks. It was the most strenuous thing i have done since college. Steeper and harder than Nevada Falls and Four Mile trail in Yosemite. Quads were sore the next two days. Hard to go down stairs but snorkeling wasn't affected.
All of the guides we saw along the way were friendly and talkative. Our guide was grumpy and played into my wife's and the other woman's anxiety to try to get us to quit half way up. She also didn't point out any plants or birds along the way. Seemed like she had better places to be.
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