Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
Trinidad’s tallest peak El Cerro Del Aripo (3085ft or 940m) located along the main ridge of the Northern Range between the villages of Brasso Seco to the North and Aripo to the South. The climb to the summit will take approximately 3-4 hours depending on one’s fitness. The are two main routes to get there the easiest is from Lalaja Trace on the Arima Blanchisseuse Road while the more challenging is from Brasso Seco Village.
The first part of the journey from any of the locations is to reach the top of the watershed (650m) where the two villages divide. This area is a significant crossroad leading to various destinations. At the crest, the track to Brasso Seco descends north-west while the one to Lalaja leads south-west. A small trail on the west ascends to another mountain peak Mt.Bleu Ridge and the upward path to the east elevates to El Cerro Del Aripo. The vegetation at this level is lower montane forest but as one goes higher the flora changes to Elfin Woodland.
The trek from the watershed to the summit will take a further two hours. The trail heads eastward with seven up and down peaks to climb. It seems like a never ending see-saw with nothing visible except forest on both sides of the path. The thought of reaching the summit causes anxiety to build, but the revitalizing mountain breeze, and thrill of getting there keeps one moving forward. Peaks two and seven are the most challenging and within the thick mountain mangrove faint views of The Guanapo Quarry and The Paria Woodland. The summit is flat and breezy however views of the surrounding landscape blocked by trees and shrub. There is a noticeable concrete trig which signifies that one has reached the top of the mountain, this is a memorable spot to take pictures of triumph. Explorers jump with joy and say “Yes! We did it”. All excited with the thrill of accomplishment to climb the country’s highest peak. On Saturday 8th November’14, Fitness Walkers lead by Dan Jaggernaught climbs the summit of El Cerro Del Aripo.
Assembly: 7.00am Corner of O’meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima. Depart by 7.45am.
Rating: 6 challenging
Hiking time one-way: 3 hours
Bring-along at least 1 litre of water and a good hiking boot.
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