La Soufriere Volcano

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La Soufriere Volcano
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The highest mountain in the lesser Antilles is also a volcano and an important landmark of Guadeloupe's landscape.
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B C
Winnipeg, Canada25 contributions
Great outdoor adventure
Feb. 2020 • Friends
I loved this hike. The trail was well marked and it was challenging hike. Be prepared. Wear proper hiking boots; pole(s) recommended; rain jacket. It was very windy/rainy near the summit. 100km winds. Completed hike with a group of 8. Slow steady pace; water breaks; snack at summit. Total time 3:15. Very doable.
Written February 23, 2020
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Florence B.
Lafayette, CO164 contributions
Beautiful views
Dec. 2019
We arrived at the parking lot around 9:30am. We got lucky to find a spot at the top of the parking lot, otherwise you have to park along the road and parking can be long, down the road. There is no bathroom at the start of the hike so people piss along the trail (first mile or so) and it smelled piss, plus some paper toilet left behind here and there!!! Not happy about this as it degrades the experience of hiking in vegetation.
We are a family of 4, two kids of age 7 and 9. We hiked it in the suggested time of 1hr45. The trail was well maintained and very lush despite all the traffic of people going up and down. We also lucked out with the weather which was clear and sunny. Arrived at the top, we saw the fumes of the volcano, neat. We went down using the secondary trail which was even more lush and full of vegetation making the trail tight from time to time. Overall, that was super! Oh, and Les Bains Jaunes at the base of the hike were emptied out and maybe cleaned out when we started the hike. At the end of our hike, the Bains Jaunes were available but the water felt cold-ish, so we moved on to having lunch in town.
Written January 25, 2020
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Terry F
Madison, AL75 contributions
You can do it!
Dec. 2019 • Couples
I wanted to hike La Soufriere for my 70th birthday, and all the information I could find said it's a strenuous hike, and might not be good at my age. I decided to try anyway; I could always turn back. We are not hikers so the word "strenuous" has no context for us. We bought good hiking boots, broke them in in our neighborhood, and on Dec. 6, started our climb. We didn't arrive until about 1030 and got one of the last places along the road to park. Definitely get there early, or wait until mid-afternoon. The hike to the parking lot that used to be the starting point was probably the worst part. It's rock paths and steps hewn out of stone. Once we reached and left the parking lot, it's a gentle climb for awhile before it gets to be pretty rocky. Since you can choose the rocks to step on, you can choose the height of your step and length of your stride, so even though it's tough, I found it easier than the initial part on paths and steps. It took us about 2 hours up; younger people and experienced hikers do it in half that time. We also stopped about 85-90% of the way up. People we met coming down, who were perhaps 50 years old, said it was raining hard and from that point, pretty much "straight up," and since it had already become very windy, we decided to stop. By the time we got back down, our legs were like noodles, so it was a good decision. I fear we would have probably hurt ourselves had we gone on, because we were getting tired. But, I made most of Soufriere two days short of 70. I should add that I'm 5'5" (almost) and weigh 138 pounds, having lost 60. Husband is 68, and weighed about 190 having lost 40 pounds. At our previous weights, no. It would not have been possible. I suggest, if you want to try, do it! You can always turn around. Ladies, there are NO facilities so be prepared. The gents had no problem, as usual, but....
Written December 29, 2019
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buoyed
St. George, UT96 contributions
my guadeloupe roadtrip
Mar. 2019
Island exploration will always be one of my favorite wanders. Particularly for the approach you can plan for. I cannot emphasize enough how much more you get out of rounding an entire island. And by that--I mean new stays along the way, not heading back to home base everyday. This way your stays become apart of each days new itinerary. City, beach, jungle hills etc. you can experience so much more for your coin and often save.

One such island that is ideal for this is Guadeloupe, its France in the Caribbean! So the itinerary went rental car from airport, drove and stayed in Trois Rivieres in an Airbnb. Dinner on the deck in the jungle with some local food I picked up along the way. You stay here because, bright and early, you will head down the jungle road to the boat transfer over to Terre-de-Haut.

Now your on fantasy island. Terre-de-Haut is that small island cove you've dreamt of. Low key, scooter only, fantastic seafood right on the gentle water and other small island hops. You could really just make this your trip...but dont. As hard as it is, catch your boat back early morning and get ready for a jungle hike.

Back with your car you're now headed for the La Soufrière hike. Good shoes, bring your water and chewy bars. If your lucky enough and get clear sky at the top, your very lucky enjoy! In advance, if you are not familiar with challenging hikes, this is not for you. Map something else out as you head north to our next stay at Grande-Anse Beach area. This is one of the most amazing beaches you'll ever find. And some great local restaurants just steps away.

Early morning again and some decent driving left. Next stop the northern most tip then back down south to stay on the water near the airport. On your way to the tip though stop for lunch at Restaurante Loceane. You'll love it.

Find yourself a good spot on the southern side, on the water, and relax before you head home. This is the more "City" area so a whole-nother world to explore if you're up for it.
Written October 19, 2019
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
A visit to a volcano
Feb. 2019
This took the whole day to hike and explore the volcano.

At times we were warm and at times we were cold.

We saw beautiful plants and beautiful views.

We spend more time with the Soufriere Volcano.

It was fun!
Written August 19, 2019
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5goosie
Tours, France92 contributions
Best to go on a sunny day
Jul. 2019 • Family
Haven’t been up for a couple of years. I had forgotten how difficult it is. It took me a good 2 hrs up from the Basin Jaune pool parking area which incidentally gets incredibly packed from 9am, so aim to arrive before. The trek up and down is physical which includes climbing up/down rocks. Comfortable adequate shoes are a necessity (I wore my trainers this time instead of my hiking boots and suffered terribly.) The weather changes fast on the mountain and can get really cold, damp, wet etc .... so a rain coat or sweater highly recommended. Don’t go up in a bikini nor tongs, like one lady I saw going up whilst on my way down! The wind at the top can be dangerous for younger ones, so keep a good hold on their hands. Our group of 9 included 2x10 yr olds, 1x9 and a 5 yr old. They found the hike exciting and easy !
Written July 18, 2019
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Amélie S
11 contributions
Must do!
Apr. 2019 • Friends
Such a great experience!
I would recommend going very early in the morning. We started the hike at 7:30AM and it was perfect. There was a lot of people went we started going down.
It's not too hard of a climb, however, you aren't walking on a set trails and you have to climb on slippery rocks.
Could be dangerous if you are not careful.
Written April 13, 2019
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JUxX
Tartu, Estonia54 contributions
Very nice climb
Mar. 2019 • Friends
The weather was fantastic! Dont go there with bad weather.. choose nice and sunny weather.. and take youre best hiking shoes and enaugh water.. climb from bottom to the end takes around 2 hours.. and go early.. since if you go around 10.00 or so.. you cant find a parking spot.. and you might have to walk several kilometers to start the track.. Very enjoyable trip and very nice wievs.. we got no big winds, water what so ever..
Written March 28, 2019
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marstef5
Avranches, France23 contributions
Not to be missed!
Mar. 2019 • Couples
We picked a good day to climb La Soufrière as it was not cloudy nor rainy. It is a nice climb, you can't really miss the path because it's well marked (and there's lots of people doing the same route). Access is restricted around the crater but you can see everything from La Découverte (nothing to be gained from going into the restricted area). All in all, an experience to recommend - you just have to feel a lot of respect for the nature climbing up there.
Written March 19, 2019
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MarcReviewer
Rowayton, CT51 contributions
Great hike with a teenager. Or anyone.
Mar. 2019 • Family
Did this yesterday (March 12) at the behest of our 15-year-old son. A pleasant drive from our hotel in Deshaies to the volcano, lasting about 2 hours.
They say the hike up to the top is 1:45, but we took more like 2:45, due to holdups like groups coming the other way. Coming down we did it in 1:45. I would allow that amount of time (4:30).
The signs at the base tell you not to leave too late. We agreed on the way down we’d hate to be doing that in the dark as you really need to see your footing.
This is a worthwhile trip. The views are spectacular, both the long view of countryside and sea, and the view up the trail in front of you. Depending on the wind you might smell more or less sulfur; when we were at top the wind blew the visible
steam away from us so we didn’t smell anything. No pools of lava, in case you’re hoping for that.

Recommendations (but not entirely essential for a 4-1/2 hour hike):
Water - at least 1/2 liter per person;
Food - a sandwich or some energy bars (the right bokit might be good);
Hiking shoes/boots- A lot of people including my wife and son did fine in athletic shoes but I was glad I had boots.
Hat.
Sunscreen.
Sunglasses.
Camera, duh.
Possibly a light coverup in case it’s wet or chilly. It changes constantly as the clouds envelop the top of the mountain.
You’ll probably want to carry all that in a backpack.

Use toilet elsewhere before you arrive. NO toilets or trash cans anywhere on the mountain or the base parking (we left from St. Claude side). There is no trash on the ground as people are very conscientious of preserving the environment, so plan to carry all trash out.

Highly recommended.
Written March 14, 2019
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