Scheduled Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
St. Ann’s Peak with an altitude of 620 metres is the highest landmark overlooking the city of Port of Spain. Located at the top of Mt. Hololo and northeast of the capital its grandeur visible from miles around. The significance of St. Ann’s Peak goes back to the days of cocoa when Santa Cruz known as Holy Cross Valley comprise of estates. These plantations called Pastora, Cantaro, Gasparillo, Little Couroucaye and Grand Couroucaye transported their agriculture produce over the Hololo Mountains. At the time to pass over the rugged hills of the Saddle or La Silla was long and arduous. Therefore the preferred route to the town was over Mt. Hololo, and along the path, there is an old concrete milepost. In 1852, the government granted improvements to the roads in Santa Cruz, and through the craggy terrain of La Silla, a passageway constructed.
Several routes from the St Anns Valley lead to the summit, which is accessible from Lady Chancellor Road, Aripita Road in St Anns, or from the Hololo Mountain Road. The expedition starts 6 am at the bottom of Lady Chancellor Road and continues through the forest along the Fondes Amandes Ridge to the mountaintop. Over- grown shrub sometimes block the trail and regular maintenance required.
The journey to Maracas Bay is north over the Hololo and Santa Cruz Mountains. The estimated distance is twenty kilometers and to complete the journey will take 6-8 hours or depending on one’s walking pace. The course divided into two legs.
Leg# 1 Lady Chancellor to Santa Cruz. Hiking time 3 -4 hours.
The trek starts from Lady Chancellor Road along the Fondes Amande Ridge to St Ann’s Peak. At the top, the journey descends to the Santa Cruz Valley on the Mt. Hololo Extention Road where hikers re-group for refreshments.
Along the way spectacular views of Port-of-Spain, Cascade, Lady Young, Chancellor, and the Paradise Estate or Queen’s Park Savannah. In the dry season, the St Ann’s region is vulnerable to bushfires and to preserve and beautify the landscape pine trees planted. The Pine trees can withstand the fire and at the same time prevent soil erosion.
Leg 2 Santa Cruz to Maracas Bay. Hiking time 2 hours.
From Mt.Hololo Extension Road via Santa Barbara Boulevard to Gasparillo Road and over the hills to the beach.
On Saturday 8th April 2017, Fitness Walker’s quest over the mountains of St Anns and Santa Cruz to Maracas Bay.
Estimated hiking time: 6-8 hours depending on one’s pace.
Assembly: 6.00am at the Bottom of Lady Chancellor Road
Walk starts at 7.00am
Finishing Location: Maracas Bay Hotel
Maxi pickup from Maracas Bay starting at 2 pm
Rating: 7 long and challenging
Vehicle parking at Zoo Car Park and Flood Street next to the Archbishop House
The cost $120. includes return transportation and light refreshment
Note: Please bring at least a litre of water. Long pants preferred since trail may have razor grass. Clothing to change given to the maxi.
For details contact Marcia 490 242, Jamal 761- 1889, Mario749-2956, Michael 719-3368, Danny 372-7798 or 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