Scheduled Date: Wednesday 25th January, 2017
In the Northern Range with its sophisticated network of mountains, rivers, and valleys there is always something new and fascinating to discover. It all depends on one’s determination and physical ability to explore these remote locations. Recently marked a trail from Mt Poui Aripo to the Hollis Waterfall, which is located on a remote tributary at the top northern end of the Dam N10° 42.257′ W61° 11.448′. It took three grueling attempts before an appropriate route established. Assisted by Land Surveyor Glenn Wilkes reaching the waterfall meant using old maps to pinpoint its location and cutting one’s way through the unchartered territory of the Morne Poui, Aripo Forest. Despite the challenge, it was worth the effort and it seems that the secluded beauty of Trinidad and Tobago natural resources is never-ending.
The Hollis Reservoir built by Sir Alfred Claud Hollis, Governor of Trinidad and Tobago from 1930-1936 saw the necessity to construct a dam to supply water to the growing population of Arima and environments. The location he selected was ideal in one of the most sheltered regions of the Northern Range. The Landscape surrounded by a steep wall of mountains not readily accessible.
The expedition to Hollis Waterfall begins at the Morne Poui Road in Aripo and can take 3 hours one-way and depends on one’s fitness and experienced in walking rugged terrain. The walk along the ridge is in a northerly direction, and the highest altitude is 606 metres (1989 feet). The path continues with a southeastern descent to the Dam. Along the way, the trail crosses a gentle stream known as the Crayfish River and continues with an invigorating climb over rugged terrain. An abandon hunter’s camp provides a comfortable rest spot to have a snack.
What makes the waterfall so unique and appealing is the cascade of water flowing down the smooth limestone surface. At its base, there is a large crystal clear pond. The backdrop of the picturesque scenery of the lake along with the mountainous landscape is breathtaking. Further upstream at an altitude of 229 metres (750 feet), there are additional pools and cascades worth exploring. It seems that the place once a plantation, there are the remnants of an old estate house and surviving cacao trees.
The 3-4 hour return journey is along the same route and is a challenging uphill climb to the top of the Mount Poui Ridge. It is the ultimate test of one’s fitness and only fit, or experienced hikers should attempt. The constant steep uphill can cause one’s muscle to cramp. However, the reward to see this breath-taking falls is worth the effort, and it can be an exciting and memorable experience.
On Saturday 19th August 2017, Fitness Walkers explore the Hollis Waterfall.
For more details contact Mario 749-2956 or Michael 7193368 or Marcia 490-2421
Assembly: 4 am – 4.45am at O’mera Road Arima and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima (opposite FT Farfan)
Hiking time one-way: 3-4 hours.
The Hike: Rated 9 unclassified (very challenging, only for experienced hikers accustom to walking long trails).
Note: Casual or novice hikers should not attempt. Unsure of one’s fitness please call to discuss.
To see video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNBxYuM9WEU
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