Gros Pitons

Photo credit: © Phil Comeau
 

The most recognizable natural attractions on St. Lucia are, hands down, the Pitons. These two volcanic mountains, called Gros Piton and Petit Piton are separated from one another by the Piton Mitan Ridge, and are popular amongst hikers who revel in a gorgeous view of the island when they reach the top.

The site that encompasses both Pitons takes up about 2,909 hectares of land and the peaks reach 770 and 743 meters high. The mountains are classified as a tropical moist forest, and feature areas of wet elfin woodland and dry forest. Numerous rare plant and bird species have been recorded as making their homes on these peaks.

Most visitors make it a point to hike to the top of at least one of the Pitons. Most opt for Gross Piton, that while taller, is easier to climb. Numerous tours available on St. Lucia will take guests to the Interpretive Centre, then up to the peak. It is mandated that tourists utilize a guide to get to the top, usually an employee of the Park Services Department, who will wow you with information about the mountain and the island during the trip. It takes about two hours on foot to read the summit.

Petit Piton is a whole different story. There is no Welcome Center, no trail head, and even no guide required to climb this peak, though most guests should strongly consider hiring one.

Location

Gros Pitons, within Pitons Management Area, is found on the island of Saint Lucia, 3.1 miles south of downtown Soufriere; it's 3.2 miles to the south of Soufrière.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of eateries to pick from in the region surrounding the volcano. The most nearby place to eat to Gros Pitons is Cocoa Pod, which has a menu full of Caribbean fare. Also nearby, you and your party will come across eateries like Jardin Cacao and Bayside Restaurant and Bar where you and your group can test out American cuisine and experience the culture of St. Lucia.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who are a fan of volcanos, and have the energy to view some others, might consider a trip to Volcano at Sulphur Springs and Mt. Gimie; the first and closest of which is 2.4 miles away from this volcano. Other nearby attractions include Gros Pitons Hiking Trail, which is a quarter mile away near Soufrière. You might also consider heading to Pitons Management Area, which is another attraction in the area.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

Attractions Near Gros Pitons
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Gros Pitons Hiking Trail GeoFeature 0.3 mi. (5.5 km) SSE 3.4 mi. South of Soufrière
Pitons Management Area Other Attraction 0.3 mi. (5.5 km) SSE 3.4 mi. South of Soufrière
Tet Paul Nature Trail GeoFeature 1.0 mi. (5.6 km) ESE Bois D`Inde Francion
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation Other Attraction 1.2 mi. (4.6 km) E Fond Doux
Piton Falls GeoFeature 1.8 mi. (2.2 km) N 1.4 mi. South of Soufrière
Tanzanite Heights Waterfall GeoFeature 2.4 mi. (2.1 km) NE 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Soufrière
Sulphur Springs Park Other Attraction 2.4 mi. (2.1 km) NE 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Soufrière
Soufriere Marine Management Area Other Attraction 2.5 mi. (2.4 km) N 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Soufrière

Location: Saint Lucia

 

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