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Trek Jamaica

Postby KarenS » Sun May 07, 2006 8:28 am

From the New York Times: "When the tropical sun reflects the haze-covered Blue Mountain Peak (7,402 feet), Jamaica's highest peak, it takes on a surprising bluish color, hence the name. Home to some of the world's best coffee, the mountain range attracts hikers worldwide. A major attraction is the four-to-six hour (depending on the hiker's ability) nighttime seven-mile trek to the top, an extra treat during a full moon. Leading through fertile rain forest below, the moderately steep trail is well marked with stable footing and climbs past waterfalls. A brief rest and water refills are possible at the Portland Gap ranger station, about three miles from the top.

To begin the evening trek, most participants drive to the trailhead and spend the early part of the night eating and napping at one of the lodges ‚ÄĒ Whitfield Hall or Wildflower Lodge ‚ÄĒ before leaving around 1 a.m. in hope of arriving in time to catch the sunrise and a glimpse of the 360-degree view before the mist settles. More determined hikers can do a two-day trek, starting from the base in Mavis Bank and hiking the seven miles to a trailhead lodge, where they overnight before continuing to the top the next evening.

Trailhead lodging includes Whitfield Hall, 876-927-0986, which has bunk beds, a shared bathroom, a communal kitchen and no hot water in the main house ($15), as well as a two-bedroom cottage, with hot water, for $60. The lodge will pick up guests at Kingston or at Mavis Bank."

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