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Vessigny Beach to Cliffton Beach…Sat 18thMay 2019

Vessigny Beach to Cliffton Beach…Sat 18thMay 2019


A 5-mile coastal walk that starts at Vessigny Beach in La Brea and finishes at Cliffton Beach in Point Fortin

Assembly#1 6am Eric Williams Medical Complex Mt Hope Hospital

Assembly#2 730am KFC Gulf City.

cost $160.include hike fee and maxi taxi transportation

Rated: 5 moderately Challenging

Please callL Mario7492956 to book Maxi Transportation.

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The Valleys of the Northern Range

The Valleys of the Northern Range on Sat 11th May’2019

“The Valleys of the Northern Range" is a one-way expedition, which begins at the Guanapo Quarry and ends at the Spring Bridge in Blanchisseuse. The distance is approximately 30km and depending on one’s pace it will take an enthusiastic hiker between 5 to 8 hours to complete. The expedition is a test of one’s fitness and recommended for advanced hikers or trained athletic persons experienced in walking long distances. The course can be divided into 4 legs and the various valleys are linked by bench trails, built during the 18th and 19th Century when cocoa was the chief produce. The bench trails were significant forest roads use to transport and connect the various plantations. Along the route, the highest elevation is (2225 feet or 678 metres) located on the mountain crest that divides Brasso Seco/Paria to the north and Lalaja to the south. The area is a crossroad where foot-trails lead to some of the highest peaks El Cerro Del Aripo (940m) to the east and Mt Bleu (852m) to the west. 

 During the expedition, wildlife is usually camouflage and not easily seen, however at altitudes of (200-600m), one can hear the call of the Bearded Bellbird “tonk –tonk” repeating every few seconds. Another bird perched on the forest floor with a rasping cheeow call is the White-bearded Manakin. The adult males make a snapping call by flicking their secondaries to impress a female. Overlooking Lalaja and Brasso Seco, the Channel-billed Toucan is sometimes seen high up in the treetops, they are attracted to the date palms. They make a loud Ki-aarh sound and pluck stone fruits with a hard shell. At Paria Beach, one may be lucky to see the first turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand. Unfortunately, when the hatchlings emerge during the day, the black vultures are waiting in the treetops to massacre them. 


Valley 1: Guanapo Valley to Lalaja (1 ½ - 2 hours)

The direction from the Guanapo Quarry is north alongside the river. After 40 minutes the trail descends to the river, and surprisingly in the middle of the forest, there is a fallen road sign that says Sombasson Trace. This area is within the close approximation of 100metres from the mouth of the Guanapo Gorge. The route continues uphill through the forest to a citrus orchard where a steep estate road leads to the top of Lalaja South Trace. The elevation at this point is 572m and in the distance a panoramic view of the Guanapo Valley. Sadly the beauty of the Guanapo Mountain Range is slowly disappearing by extensive quarrying.


Valley 2: Lalaja to Brasso Seco (1 ½ hour)

Lalaja is a small agriculture settlement situated in the hills, 11km northeast of Arima. The journey continues east along the Lalaja Main Road and turns left into Lalaja Paria Trace to a crossroad at the top of the ridge. From the top, the trail descends for a further 3km to Brasso Seco /Paria Village.


Valley 3: Brasso Seco to Paria Bay (2 1/2-3 hours)

The expedition starts from the Brasso Seco RC Church and continues for 12km through the heart of the forest to Paria Bay. The course is mostly flat with some mild inclines.


Valley 4: Paria Bay To Blanchisseuse Spring Bridge (2 hours).

The final 7km leg from Paria Bay to Blanchisseuse Spring Bridge is along the ever-popular coastal trail located at the western end of the beach. Along the way, to popular landmarks to enjoy the magnificent coastal sceneries are Cathedral Rock and Turtle Rock.


On Saturday 11th May 2019 Fitness Walkers expedition of “The Valleys of the Northern Range.”

Assembly: 5.30am at Eric Williams Medical Complex Mt.Hope.

Rating: 8 challenging and recommended for experienced hikers and training athletic persons.

Estimated Hiking time 5-8 hours

Text your name to pre-register, so adequate transportation provided: 

Cost $160

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Chancellor to Maracas Bay

Chancellor to Maracas Bay

Fitness Walkers one-way trek from Chancellor to Maracas Bay on Saturday 27th April 2019 

 The expedition over the mountains to Maracas Bay begins with a gradual climb to St Anns Peak and then a descent on the Hololo Mountain Extention Road to the Santa Cruz Valley. The journey continues over the Santa Cruz Gasparillo Hills to Maracas Bay. The estimated distance is 25 kilometres and it takes 5-8 hours to complete the journey. The course is divided into two legs.  The 1st leg is from Lady Chancellor to Santa Cruz and the highest elevation is St Anns peak with an altitude of 620 metres. The trek to the summit of St Anns Peak is 10km and starts from the bottom of Lady Chancellor Road. At the end of the Chancellor pitch road, the trail continues through the forest along the Fondes Amande Ridge to the Peak. Along the way, spectacular views of Port-of-Spain, Cascade, Lady Young, Chancellor, and the once known Paradise Estate or Queen’s Park Savannah. During the dry season, the St Ann’s region is vulnerable to bushfires and planted along the hilltops are pines trees for the purpose to preserve and at the same time beautify the landscape. The pine trees, which are fire resistant, also assist in the prevention of soil erosion.

  St. Ann’s Peak located northeast of the capital, on the Hololo Mountain Road is the highest landmark overlooking the city of Port of Spain.  All trails coming from Chancellor, Aripita and Hololo lead to the summit of St Anns Peak. Its majestic and sacred appearance can be seen from miles around. At the summit there is a landmark concrete trig however, its historical significance goes back to the days of cocoa when Santa Cruz known as the 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 and St Anns Peak. At the time to pass over the rugged hills of the Saddle or La Silla was long and arduous. Therefore the Mt Hololo Road was a preferred route to the city and still remaining in the forest are some old concrete mileposts. In 1852, the Colonial Government granted improvements to the roads in Santa Cruz, and a passageway constructed through the craggy terrain of La Silla. The hiking time to Santa Cruz is 3-4 hours and the first leg of the journey ends by the Bridge on the Hololo Extention Road where participants are asked to re-group and given for the continuation of the journey are light refreshments. 

 

 Leg 2 of the expedition is from Santa Cruz to Maracas Bay and the estimated hiking time is 2-3 hours or depending on one's pace. The trek continues from the Mt.Hololo Extension Road in Santa Cruz via Santa Barbara Boulevard to Gasparillo Road and over the hills to the beach.

Fitness Walkers one-way trek from Chancellor to Maracas Bay on Saturday 27th April 2019 

Estimated hiking time: 6-8 hours depending on one’s pace.

Assembly: 6.00am at the Bottom of Lady Chancellor Road. The trek starts at 7.00am

Finishing Location: Maracas Bay Hotel

Maxi pickup from Maracas Bay starts from 2 pm

Rating: 7 challenging

Vehicle parking opposite white hall, Zoo Carpark or Ellerslie Mall

The cost of the hike: $120.00 includes return transportation and light refreshment

Note: Please bring at least a litre of water. Long pants preferred since trail may have razor grass. Put a change of clothing in the Maxi.

For details contact Marcia 490 242, Jamal 761- 1889, Mario749-2956 or www.islandhikers.com

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Rio Seco Waterfall from Balandra

Rio Seco Waterfall

Rio Seco Waterfall from Balandra on Sat 30th March 2019

Rio Seco Waterfall from Balandra on Saturday 30th March 2019.
The expedition to Rio Seco Water Falls begins at Tabateau Trace in Balandra. The estimated distance is 5 miles and it will take 2-3 hours to get there.  The trail crosses regions of remote valleys and is mostly uphill with dense forest growth. Along the way, some areas had occasional razor grass with a steep and slippery descend to the Rio Seco Trail.
The return journey is mostly flat, along with an old meandering bench trail however no maintenance and fallen debris make it challenging.
 Assembly: 7 am at the corner of Omeara Road & Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima.
Rating: 6 challenging
Hiking time one-way: 2-3 hours (shaded bushy trail with razor grass in few areas)
Hike Cost $60,  
Secure Parking at house $20.
For more info contact Mario 7492956, Michael 7193368.


Contacts

Mario 7492956, Michael 7193368, Jamal 7611889 or Marcia 490-2421

Mt.St Benedict to Tunapuna Loop

Mt St Benedict to Tunapuna Loop on Sat 16th March 2019

A loop that begins at the pines in Mt Thabor . A walk along the ridge to descend in Tunapuna .


Assembly 7am St Augustine at Massy Stores 

Mt St Benedict with view of Pines
Mt St Benedict with view of Pines

Mt.Catherine from Golf Course

Mt Catherine from Golf Course on Sat 9thFeb 2019

Mt Catherine from Golf Course on Sat 9thFeb 2019

We start at the Bunker Trail located on the left at the entrance to the Main Golf Course .A short steep 1 -11/2 hrs climb to the top of Mt Catherine Road .The return is the Ravine Trail located at the back of the Ball. Optional 9 miles road return.

Assembly : 7am KFC Westmall

Depart 745am

Rated: 6 challenging Please bring at least 1 liter of water. A very dry trail.

Cost$60

For more details contact Mario 7492956,Jamal 7611889 or Marcia 4902421


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Turure Waterfall river exploration

Turure Waterfall river exploration

Turure River exploration on Saturday 26th January 2019

The Turure River with its multi-steps of appealing waterfalls is an ecological gem. Visitors are usually blown-away by its exquisite natural beauty. Its source originated from the limestone region of Platanal and deposited along its bed are layers of sedimentary rock. The river is a nature lover’s delight filled with Jacuzzi-like pools and picturesque cascades. The bed of rock along its course magnificently carved into natural water-steps, which ascend to a sequence of captivating chutes. The river’s main attraction is its long horizontal falls, which resembles a curtain as the water tumbles down the rocks. At the bottom of the falls, there is a plunge pool, and the polished rock surface provides favourable conditions for rappelling. Exploring the river further upstream there are more attractive gems to discover and there is a small cave concealed at the back of one of the fall’s overhang. 

 The first part of the expedition is to get to the top of the Riverhead where the source originates. The journey starts from the Turure Bridge along the dirt road to the top of the mountain where there is a landmark cross. A trail positioned on the left leads down in the valley to the river. 

Along the riverbed, the calcium carbonate deposits provide additional traction and make the rocks less slippery to walk on. The serenity of the forest comes alive with the courtship display of the white-bearded manakin (manacus manacus trinitatis) and the echoing sound of the bearded bellbird (Procnias averano carnobarba). In recent times, loose silt from extensive quarrying caused pollution to the nearby streams resulting in landslides and endangerment to wildlife.

On Saturday 26th January 2019, Fitness Walkers explore the Turure River. For more details visit www.Islandhikers.com or call Marcia: 490-2421, Jamal: 761-1889 and Mario: 749-2956.

Assembly: 7 am Corner of Omeara Road & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima. (Next to the Doubles vendors)

Hike Starting location: A circuit-hike from the Turure Bridge along the road to the Quarry & Cross and then down the river. 

Rating: 5 moderately challenging. 

Please note:  Exploring the river entails some climbing down waterfalls and rugged terrain.

Estimated Hiking time of trip: 4-5 hours

Turure Waterfall
Turure Waterfall

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How will i know if i can do one of the Fitness Walkers hikes?

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3. you have already done some of Island hikers hikes and familiar with hiking and the rules. 


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