When Is the Best Time
Dry season and a sunny day are the best preconditions for this hike. In February 2016 we spent six nights close to the National Park to do this hike. Only one day had the perfect weather conditions. Don't start too late! The hike is exhausting with many descents and ascents.
The dry season last from December until April/May. This is also the peak tourist season. Anyway this is one of the wettest regions in the world with 7 liters of rain each year. Even at the dry season the trail is slippery. The climate is humid tropical. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.
Where and Tips
Morne Trois Pitons was declared a National Park in 1975 and it was the first one on the island. Since 1997 it is also World Heritage Site.
It's an exhausting 5-6 hours hike starting at Titou Gorge. The trail has many steep ascents and descents and vice versa on the way back. The last third of the hike to the boiling lake is the most strenuous and rough part and takes twice the time. The view to the Morne Trois Pitons National Park is spectacular. The Valley of Desolation is fascinating. It has streams and bubbling mud. The rocks are painted in different colours. But be careful it is not easy to follow the trail. It is not well marked. After 2 1/2 to 3 hours you reach the Boiling Lake. It is said that this is the second largest of its kind in the world. It happened several times that it run dry for a short time. Time after time it smells like rotten eggs from the hydrogen sulfide.
Carry enough water with you and a rain jacket just in case.
Afterwards cool down at Titou Gorge.