Scheduled Date: Tuesday 24th July, 2018
Mt. El Tucuche with an altitude of 937metres (3072 feet) is the second tallest peak and just 4 metres shorter than El Cerro Del Aripo. Of the two ranges, El Tucuche is the preferred choice for enthusiast mainly because of its fantastic sceneries and geological location, latitude 10.7333 and longitude 61.4166. Tucuche two altitudinous peaks are visible from miles around and perfect places to see its grandeur are from Luengo Village in the Maracas St.Joseph Valley and Rincon Village on the North Coast Road. The climb to the summit is always a memorable and breath-taking experience. Some do it for the pleasure of adventure, accomplishment and to improve one’s fitness.
Tucuche is an Amerindian word that refers to the hummingbird and living on the mountain slopes are several species. Some familiar names are the copper-rumped, Black-throated Mango, white-tailed sabrewing, tufted-coquette, white-chested emerald and Rufous-breasted Hermit. Also found on El Tucuche is the Golden Tree Frog (Phyllodytes Auratus) which lives inside the water brackets of the giant bromeliad plant at elevations above 800 metres. The frog is endemic to Trinidad and its survival threatened by forest destruction and man’s intervention.
There are several routes to access the summit however the preferred one is from Hobal Trace in the Maracas St. Joseph Valley. Depending on one’s fitness the estimated climb to the summit can take 1 ½ – 2 ½ hours. Visible from the first Peak is a fantastic view of the Las Cuevas Valley. To access the second Peak, the challenge is more difficult because of the rugged terrain however one can see a magnificent panorama of Maracas Bay. A colorful flower growing prominently on the second peak is the Psammisia Urichiana with its red trumpet petals and yellow tips. The vegetation at the summit is Elfin Woodland and consists of mountain mangrove (clusia intertexta) and Anare Palms. Thriving on the stem and branches of the trees are numerous epiphytes, and because of the damp or shady conditions many of the trees are covered with mosses, lichens, hornworts, and liverworts.
On the downhill return, there is the option to divert off the main path and visit the Morang Pools for a refreshing dip. This route passes through abandon cocoa and tonka bean estate, and the pools are the primary source of the Maracas St Joseph River.
On Saturday 28th July 2018, Fitness Walkers explore the summit of Mt El Tucuche with a return visit to the Morang Pools.
Assembly: 7.00am at Eastern Main Rd and Abercromby St. (next to St. Joseph Mosque)
Note: Parking at Hobal Trace
Rating: 6 challenging
The starting location for the hike: Hobal Trace in Maracas St Joseph.
Average hiking time: 2 hours one-way.
Bring at least 1 litre of water and a shoe with good grips.
For more information contact Mario 749-2956 or Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or visit www.islandhikers.com.
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798