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“"Millet Bird Sanctuary-Breath Taking"”

Edmund Forest Reserve
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Bird Watching Tour in St Lucia
Ranked #87 of 172 things to do in St. Lucia
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Owner description: This typical Caribbean rainforest is a popular hiking destination.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We hiked the Millet trail in Edmund Forest Reserve. It is true what others have said, the trail does have some difficult sections but if you can do it, you will enjoy. We were able to see the St. Lucia parrot here, about 7-8 of them and they did get closer to us than when we went to the Descartier Rain Forest area to see them. The fauna is just beautiful and the sounds in the forest are beautiful.
You will need to call the forestry department to book a hike if you want to get in before 8am which is when they open but we called at the last minute and it was fine.
They give you a walking stick and though I do not like to carry anything if at all possible, this was a help. There are a couple trails to choose from so if you wish to see things but are not up to the 1.75 mile hike, you can choose a less difficult version.
My only piece of advice is to get a guide you can fully understand, our guide was great but had a very thick accent and spoke quite fast. I found myself asking him to repeat himself 50% of the time but he was informative and had a good ear for finding the birds we wanted to see.

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

If the St. Lucian government were to build a proper road to the entrance of the National Forest Reserve there would be a far greater number of visitors to this remarkable works of nature. Getting to the Edmund Trail is the hard part. Thanks to Charlma at Discover Soufriere we were able to get a driver and four wheel drive vehicle to take us to this trail. Our guide Smith was top notch. His knowledge of trees, plants and birds was outstanding. This trail actually goes all the way to the east side of the Island. We didn’t do that but the next time we come to St Lucia we are thinking about doing that all day hike. The views are spectacular. It’s hard to describe with words and pictures what your eyes are taking in. The trail can be muddy, and a bit slippery. Wear good hiking boots and adequate clothing. We like the Ex Officio bugs away clothing. Take plenty of water and even a picnic lunch if you wish. Ask lots of questions. Smith our guide was full of enthusiasm for his island of St. Lucia. I posted a YouTube link at the bottom that we filmed with Smith.

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Reviewed 16 February 2012

The Edmund Forest trail is currently officially closed because of massive landslides from Hurricane Tomas. But because it connects with the Des Cartiers rainforest trail we were able to contract with our guide Marvin (phone 758/450-2231/2078) from that hike to come back and do the Edmond Forest loop starting from where it connects to the Des Cartiers trail. Marvin wisely advised us to wear long pants because there was much knife-edged grass along the trail. This was the first time he had done the trail in some months and consequently he had to do considerable clearing along the way. However the ground seemed to be stabilizing, giving hope they will be able to reopen it sometime soon.
The hike itself was quite incredible. We started at the Des Cartiers ranger station, walked up and over the slide areas on the way out and got good views of Mount Gimie, the highest in St. Lucia. On the return trip we crossed the slide areas on recut path. It took about seven hours but perhaps an hour of that was waiting for Marvin to clear trail. And of course it included the entire Des Cartiers trail. Marvin was a knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and over-all excellent guide.
The access road leaving the main road north of Micoud and going past the Latille Falls was washed out by a huge landslide. Instead leave the main road at either of the two west-leading roads south of Micoud. These are shown on the large scale Paradise map of St. Lucia. There are no signs but several villages where you can ask directions. Or you can arrange to pick Marvin up on the main road north of the Vieux Fort stadium. Apart from a few rough spots, these roads are good, trailing off into a dirt track for the last kilometer.

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