Blue Mountain Peak

MODERATE 3 reviews

Blue Mountain Peak is a 16.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Penlyne Castle, Saint Thomas, Jamaica that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

DISTANCE
16.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1244 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Jamaica's World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, is one of the richest biodiversity sites in the world and a nature-lover’s paradise. It is home to over 1,300 flowering plant species, the largest butterfly in the Americas - the 6-inch Giant Swallowtail and over 200 species of native and migratory birds. The broadleaf forest bears the footprints of two of the oldest communities in the Caribbean - the Amerindian Taino and the Windward Maroons. The national park covers over 100,000 acres (41,000 hectares) in eastern Jamaica and includes Jamaica's highest point - the Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256m.

Visitors can enjoy nature walks and hiking, birdwatching, camping and stays in wood cabins complete with fireplaces. The Blue and John Mountains National Park is managed by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT); a registered charity. The JCDT maintains three main recreational areas within the park, Holywell Recreational Area and Cabins, the Blue Mountain Peak Trail and Portland Gap Cabins - the last rest stop on the Peak Trail. Income from recreational facilities supports the management programme in the Blue and John Crow Mountains, which includes, reforestation and invasive species control, trail maintenance, resource monitoring and community education.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail for any time of day. We started around mid day and still were able to complete before 6 pm. Did a video review for anyone interested: look for Sailing Knotty Maria on YouTube or follow this link: https://youtu.be/cwA78g-SG1w

hiking
2 months ago

Jacob's Ladder at the beginning of the hike was a challenge but overall a moderately difficult hike. I did the sunrise hike which starts at 2:30 AM.

Saturday, February 18, 2017