Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
Mt. Catherine situated on the western side of Tucker Valley and overlooking the Chaguaramas Golf Course is the tallest peak at (1768 feet or 539 metres) on the Chaguaramas Peninsula. At the top, a distinguishable landmark seen from miles around is the large Circular Radar Antenna that resembles that of a giant football and use by the Airport Authority as a tracking station.
Residing in the tropical evergreen forest of the valley, are the howler monkeys that live in groups of 6 to 15 animals. They can be seen swinging on trees tops around the Golf Course in search of food. These monkeys are known for their loud howls which can be heard as far as three miles in the dense forest. In 1941, the Americans leased Chaguaramas for 99 years to be used as a naval base and throughout the forest there are dilapidated concrete structures of World War 11 Bunkers. The Chaguaramas Development Authority oversees the landscape and conduct daily tours to various destinations.
The journey, which begins at the Golf Course, is a steep, almost vertical climb, and depending on one’s fitness will take an average of 1-11/2 hours to reach the crest. Along the way, the trail passes an old tonka bean plantation, and within the surrounding area, there is Edith Falls with an altitude of 180 metres. This shower-like falls best visited during the rainy season when the water pressure is heavier. The return route is a downhill walk on the 8km Mt. Catherine Private Road. The trip continues along the Tucker Valley Main Road for a further 7km. Bring along at least one litre of water, a hat for sunshade and light snacks. On Saturday 1st March’14, the group Fitness Walkers explores the summit of Mt. Catherine. For more details, please go to www. Islandhikers.com or contact Marcia 490-2421 or Jamal 761-1889
Sat 1st March’13……Mt Catherine Summit
Assembly: 6.30 am KFC Car-Park West Mall depart by7.30am
Rated: 6 challenging
Hiking time one way: 1 1/2 hours
Hike description: a fitness hike with a steep climb and long road walk.
Contact Marcia 490-2421 or Jamal 761-1889
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