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2 days ago

This is a beautiful beach. If you can find parking nearby it is worth the stop. This isn’t a hike, it’s a stroll along the shore at the beach. Wear a bikini and reef safe sunscreen. Jump in for a snorkel. It’s all good.

We hiked this flat trail out to Waterlemon Cay where the snorkeling was the best on the island. Snorkel on the east side of Waterlemon Cay. Incredible schools of fish and purple sea lettuce and a deep reef on the north end. The west side of the Cay is sandy and uninteresting so swim back to shore the same way you came on the east side. If you are not an experienced swimmer, bring assistance (fins or noodle). It’s a good swim. On our hike out a baby shark followed us on the shore of the bay. Turn left out of the trail to the Annaberg Ruins which have an exquisite view of eight of the nearby islands. Don’t skip the Annaberg Ruins on your way out! It’s right there. Best and brightest blues of the water can be seen here. Definitely my favorite easy hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Seriously, we walked this short trail after dinner in our sandals to see the sunset. Pretty views of the north side from the top and a spectacular place to watch the sun set. Perfectly level at the top. I bet they have yoga or painting classes up there. Looks like there is a little trail down to Trunk Bay too.

This easy trail takes you to a beautiful beach but also to Ram Head point which is beautiful!

I’m going to write a more detailed review that usual since this is not a well traveled trail. The trail is awesome! It cuts through the side of Bordeaux Mountain and is supported by rocks the whole way. There are three picturesque spots of Great Lameshur Bay and beyond. Much of the trail is in the woods but it is not shady during mid day.

It is important to note that we started the trail at the top of Bordeaux Mtn. Not sure where you’d park up there unless you are renting a house like we did. The trail down is super easy and fun. Once you reach the bottom, you can continue on to Little Lameshur Bay where there is great snorkeling. You can also continue the trail out to Yawzi Point, an easy extension of the trail with great views of both Lameshur Bays. It is well marked. We brought our snorkel gear and snorkeled at Little Lameshur. Saw squid and lots of different kinds of fish. The beach is secluded and quiet. There’s a changing station. You can also connect to Reef Bay Trail if you are looking for a longer hike. But Reef Bay doesn’t have great snorkeling. This hike one way including Yawzi was a little less than 2 miles. Spectacular. The ruins at the beach are picturesque too.

Now the hike back up the mountain is another story. Very strenuous. It goes from sea level to 1200 feet in about one mile. My kids (14 and 17 and very athletic) and I had a great experience. Great exercise. My husband on the other hand said these things at various points along the way, “That guy nailed it with three stars. This sucks. I’m out of shape. I think I’m going to throw up. I’m out of water.” We all had packed 2-3 liters of water each. We shared with my hubbie and ended up drinking it all. There is no fresh water at the beach.

My son practically ran up the mountain. It took the rest of us 45 minutes to get to the top because my daughter and I rested with my husband. Our rule: don't hike or snorkel alone.

If you start this hike from the beach you may be disappointed because you basically end at a road with a stranded boat as the trail marker. If you turn right out of the trail and hike another .5 miles past some local housing you will reach the highest point on Bordeaux Mountain. It is a private residence but I think if you go down the hill towards Coral Bay you can catch some views of the whole strand of Eastern Virgin Islands.

Starting this trail from the top of the mountain is fun because you have a destination: snorkeling, swimming, exploring the ruins, and eating lunch at the beach at the bottom.This trail is not on some maps. It is on the St. John Eco Map.

hiking
7 days ago

Fun trail out to the Ram Head peninsula. Gorgeous views at the end. The water is brilliant blue. Bring lots of water.

This trail is basically access to Ram Head Trail which is a five star Trail. Don’t stop at the Salt Pond Bay! Snorkel there after you complete the Ram Head Trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Yawzi Trail is a fabulous little hike we did in our flip flops after snorkeling at Little Lameshur Bay. Gorgeous views of the water and both Little and Great Lameshur Bay. The views from the peninsula are stunning. Hike is super easy.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful in 2001. Will go again soon!

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

The trail is fairly easy-moderate. It’s great because it’s alllll downhill initially. It gets challenging hiking back out at the end. It’s a steep hill climb towards the end especially as you get closer to your car/the road. The petroglyphs were pretty cool and the old plantations are awesome. Some of the stones have coral in them. Loved seeing all the deer and the hermit crabs as you near the beach.

hiking
28 days ago

Loved this trail. Lots variety. Views are great. If it is hot, there are placrs to get wet along the way.

hiking
30 days ago

Hot trail esp if you do in the middle of the day - no tree coverage - cactus everywhere but totally worth it !!!!! Breathtaking ...

hiking
1 month ago

Sandy beach along the way then a smooth pebble beach. Listen to the water as it goes out. Beautiful views along the way and at the top. Wind coming up the V’s in the mount will take your breath

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

Bring a container to:

WET THE PETROGLYPHS!!!

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

Bring a container to:

WET THE PETROGLYPHS!!!

Wife and I enjoyed a short jaunt with our 3 and 4 year old. Pretty rocky in parts but nothing a preschooler can’t handle. Nice vista of the bay.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

This was a good trail but the majority of the incline in the beginning has loose rocks which are difficult with my ankles. Other than that it was enjoyable. There are many different arms you can choose while on the trial. We did the petroglyph arm and the arm on the reef bay trail to the factory. STJ never fails to produce beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice short walk. Definitely do the America Hill arm as the views are fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

We started at the Annaberg Ruins on the Leinster Bay Trail, a nice walk along the water. The Johnny Horn is my favorite hike so far on STJ because of the views...amazing! The dirt road on the other side of the trial is pretty steep and somewhat slippery because of the loose rocks and gravel. I didn’t see the trail marked on what is supposed to be the beginning in Coral Bay so I can see why others have had trouble finding it. If you want to start on the CoralBay side then turn left at the road next to the big church that’s on the way to Skinny Legs. Just start walking and you’re on the trail.

Super easy little trail. It started raining in the middle so it was slippery because of the rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Took Cinnamon Bay trail to America Hill.
Beautiful view and cool ruins.

hiking
1 month ago

Take left split uphill to sugar mill plantation -American Trail- awesome view!!

hiking
1 month ago

You definitely wanna do this trail earlier in the day, as once you get up on the mountain there is no wind! Also bring extra water. The views from the great house are totally worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

good amount of distance and elevation changes. we hiked from 11am - 1pm on a sunny day with some clouds on the way back to the beach. A rocky climb. Great picture at the top.

2 months ago

Gorgeous views from parts of the trail! Also, it wasn’t a huge deal for us but the second half or so of the trail was a bit overgrown.


Note that as of 1/3/19 the Caneel Hill Resort was still closed and no access was allowed, so if you’re looking to hike and then hit that beach area just adjust your post-hike plans accordingly. Luckily the hike (if you’re doing just one way and not RT) ends at a road where taxis are passing by (we got one in less than 5 min) and can take you to nearby Trunk Bay (approx 5-8 min taxi ride from the trail), Cinnamon Bay or wherever else you need to go.




Bonus: super easy to get to after getting off the ferry in Cruz Bay. Approx 5 min walk from ferry dock to the start of the trail.

easy. mainly rocky but you do get some flat spots.

Fastest way to Leister Bay if walking from Coral Bay. Traveling South from Coral Bay we accessed the trail via a fairly steep dirt and rock road. The road was a bit steep on the return trip with loose rock. So definitely need grippy shoes. Once over the peak of the hill heading North the trail narrows to single track with a bit of briars and some steep slick parts.
There are a few parts of the trail that have views of Leister Bay, Tortola BVI, and few Cays. The ruins are great photo ops.

nature trips
2 months ago

barely a trail. quick access to a beach. bring snorkel

hiking
2 months ago

great hike for private beach! although it doesn't have sand, the rocks are bearable.

hiking
2 months ago

easy to moderate hike. compared to other hikes on the island, it was the best hike. Overall, not much to see but a great morning workout

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