Where to start, first read the reviews on this, they are accurate. Its not a hike by any means but a Climb up cliffs of roots, mud, and ropes. You will be covered in mud by the time you come back down. The trip to the top starts off up a nice a size trail but quickly the trail becomes very small and hard to follow, there are parts where its no wider than about 6 inches. Its mostly through the rain forest so there are not many picturesque views on the way up, but the ones that you do get to see are amazing views of the island. When we got to the top we unfortunately couldn’t see anything because of the cloud cover, but had a great time climbing up. Our guide was knowledgeable of the island and trail. He brought us up at our pace and was very helpful. Coming back down was hard on the knees.
At the end, my wife and I were both very happy that we did it, however we would never do it again. We've done our share of hiking and are both runners, however this was a challenge. It was worth it because of the experience and we really did have a good time, just be aware of what you are getting yourself into.
Taxi to and from the start is about $40 round trip. Make sure you bring plenty of water, gloves (the ropes and roots are rough), a change of clothes and a small towel. We climbed it in under 4 hours which the taxi driver told us was quick, however we paid for it through soreness and exhaustion that afternoon.
We used sunrise nature tours (http://www.nevisnaturetours.com) which I found online, we took the first ferry over from St. Kitts and they had a taxi meet us at the dock. We had intended to tour Nevis afterwards; however were so exhausted we opted to head back to St. Kitts. The company was easy to communicate with and it was straight forward.
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