Scheduled Date: Tuesday 7th November, 2017
Morne La Croix is an isolated village located 23km north of Arima and 12 km south of Blanchisseuse on the Arima Blanchisseuse Bypass. At the entrance to the community, there is a significant rectangular concrete plaque inscribed with the words “Morne La Croix “ when translated means “Mountain of the Cross.” The region enclosed by towering ridges and facing prominently over the landscape there is a majestic v-shaped mountain that represents the symbol of a crucifix.
The first descendants of Morne La Croix were planters who migrated from Venezuela to work on the cocoa and coffee estates in Caura. They were referred to as Cocoa Panyols or Caureros because they lived in Caura. In 1943, Governor Sir Bede Clifford decided to construct a dam at Caura forcing the fifteen hundred residents to vacate and find an alternative place to dwell. Their homes along with the Santa Veronica RC Church in Caura demolished. Most of the residents relocated to Lopinot now called “The Home of Parang” while others went further north to the luscious valley of Morne La Croix. Despite Sir Clifford, efforts the Dam never completed and the once populated Caura became an isolated valley.
The Morne La Croix Countryside is full of natural resources with a diversity of rivers, gorges, and waterfalls. Its mysterious beauty remains untouched restricted by rugged mountains and complex terrain. The Marianne River with its source from Brasso Seco flows on its eastern side. Further downstream favorite areas are the Avocat Waterfall and 3 Pools.
The Limon River situated on its western side is full of hidden gems. It passes through the village firstly as a gentle stream then combines with nearby tributaries to increase in size and strength. Its course is through kilometers of uncharted territory to exit on the North Coast at Yarra Bay. The stony riverbed filters the water to make it exceptionally clean and crystal clear. The river plunges over several steep escarpments to form beautiful waterfalls and basins. Concealed in the tributaries that flow into its course there are magnificent pools and waterfalls to discover. On one of its branches, there is a picturesque waterfall with three overflows called “ 3 Sprout Falls’’.
The exploration to locate Mystery Pool and 3 Sprout Falls can be done as a circuit–hike with an upstream return along the Limon River. The expedition is full of adventure and entails some brief swimming, jumping into pools and climbing over rocks. Please note life jackets provided but if you have one bring it along. The journey starts with a km walk from the village to the 15-¾ milepost on the Arima, Blanchisseuse Road. The trail descends for 1/2-hour to the river and continues upstream along its course. Along the way, there are small pools to swim, waterfalls, short hills and rocks to ascend. The return to the village is an upstream walk along the river. The trail passes through open estate land that leads to a pitch road to the top of the hill.
On Saturday 11th November 2017 Fitness Walkers explore 3 Sprout Falls and the Mystery Pool in Morne La Croix.
Assembly: 7.00am at Corner of Omeara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima. next to FT Farfan
Depart at 7.45am
Rating: 5 moderately challenging
Please note the hike is not strenuous and most of it is walking alongside the river channel.
However, it does entail some short swimming and rugged terrain to ascend.
Swimming: optional life jackets provided but if you have one bring it along.
Note, please bring a change of clothing.
Total estimated hiking time for the exploration: 5-6 hours
For details contact Mario 749-2956, 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