Mourne (Mt.) Diablotin
My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon on the Caribbean island of Dominica. While we were there, we tried to climb Mt. Diablotin which is the highest point on the island and in the Eastern Caribbean.
It was my wife's first attempt at a 4,000 footer and my 29th. She did very good for her first try.
There is one trail that goes up the mountain. Most people stop at the first viewpoint that is near the summit. From here, the trail is much less traveled and eventually comes to a second viewpoint before getting to the viewless summit.
The trail starts off with plenty of wooden steps (short sections of logs) that lead up the mountain. After a while of this, the trail levels out some, but becomes more muddy and starts to get thicker. After this, it gets quite steep in some places and very thick. Sometimes you are crawling under branches and roots and sometimes you are 8 feet up in the air climbing over them. In a couple places you will probably have to take off your pack to fit through.
We hiked with our guide and one other guest of our resort that requested this hike. He has hiked multiple high peaks and eventually got ahead of us and made it to the summit. We met back up with him heading back down at the second viewpoint while we were still headed up. While we were only 0.2 miles from the summit and 46 feet in elevation down, he said it would take probably 30 minutes each way to reach the top. We decided at this point, that we were close enough.
While I don't normally like turning around before the summit, the vegetation is just so thick it was very hard going. I have never worked so hard to hike down off a mountain in my life. We also didn't get as early of a start as I am used to. Normally I am hiking by 8am, but we arrived at the trailhead at 9:30am after the 2 hour drive to get there. It was still fun and maybe I can make it back some day to make it all the way to the peak.
Here are some pictures to show the difference in trails from New England to the Caribbean.
Stairs on early section of trail
View from first viewpoint
The hump on the left is the summit, not too far away
My wife coming back down the trail. It was plenty thick through here. There is no going around hard sections either
For all the pictures from the hike, just go HERE