Petit Piton Trail
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  • GoPlaces55184068430
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really Challenging, But Worth The Views - Hire Mervin As Your Guide!
    This "hike" is the hardest we've ever done, and it kicked our butts. At 2,400 feet elevation gain in 1.1 miles, it's really a climb, not a hike. But with that said, it was an amazing experience and the view at the top was incredible. Our resort didn't offer any excursions to hike Petite Piton because it's so difficult, so we reached out to Mervin the Mountain Goat after reading so many positive reviews here on Trip Advisor. Mervin really is the G.O.A.T of Petite Piton. He knew every rock and where to step, and it didn't even look like he was breaking much of a sweat the entire time. It took us 5 hours up and back, with a 20-30 minute stop at the top to take in the views and eat a sandwich, and we were hurting for the next few days, so make sure you are up to the challenge. There are ropes you must use to pull yourself up and a spot called the Rabbit Hole that you have to squeeze through, so you will use both lower and upper body strength throughout this climb. We also wore gloves which was a big help when gripping the ropes. A lot of the climb is covered by trees so you only have a few spots where you can see any kind of view until you get to the top. But at the top, you have almost a sweeping view of Gros Piton and beyond. We were the only ones on the mountain that day, so it's definitely less popular than Gros Piton. If you want to try your luck climbing Piton Piton, reach out to Mervin via WhatsApp: 1 (758) 384-7844
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Emily L
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s tough
    This is a tough climb, and it’s hot. The views are worth it, but it’s a min of 1 hour to climb the 1.5 miles to the top. Wear good shoes and prepare to get dirty. But the views are worth it. Go in the morning.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Mark M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Guide- Wayne
    I just got back from climbing Petite Peton. Went with my 20 year old daughter and her friend. I’m a 54 year old male. We hired Wayne and I can’t say enough about him. He was patient, informative and most importantly clearly told where to step for the more technical parts of the climb. Plus he addds some cool “surprises” if you make it to the top. Outstanding guide!!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Odyssey08766397705
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views and an even more amazing guide.
    The petit peton hike is an incredible experience complete with a great view of the entire island from the top. It's definitely not for the weak of heart or body. It requires some serious scrambling and is pretty much a 45 degree or greater gradient all the way to the top. Much of the more intensive climbing comes towards the top when you are already tired so pace yourself accordingly. I went with Marva as my guide. She is a lovely conversationalist and took every opportunity to make sure that I was comfortable and taken care of on both the way up and down. She also let me set the pace for our hike and was very accommodating to my needs. I would highly recommend her as a guide. If you want to contact her to serve as your guide, connect with her on whatsapp. Her number is: +1 (758) 460 5288.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • mauro c
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mervin is the GOAT!
    I hiked the Petit Piton with Mervin the Mountain Goat! He was awesome!! He did a great job of guiding us through the hike and allowing us to pace. He was incredibly patient and knowledgeable which made me feel very safe at all times. He’s also an awesome guy and holds the record for the fastest time up the Gros Piton (up and down in 58m!). This hike is very hard but also very fun and even better with Mervin!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Katie H
    Phong Nha, Vietnam1 contribution
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    Great experience, must have a guide
    We found our guide Denver from a comment on AllTrails, and he was awesome. We picked him up in Soufriere and got on the trail around 7:45am. Definitely recommend starting as early as possible to beat the heat. It was a great temperature and shady. As others note. This is a challenging route and very rewarding. We were lucky enough to have the trail almost wholly to ourselves. You absolutely need a guide. Denver has been doing this hike/climb for almost 20 years, so he knows exactly where to place each step, hold on to the rope, etc. I appreciated his calm directions, especially in some of the scarier vertical sections. It was an unforgettable experience that we’ll cherish for years to come. We reached out to Denver via WhatsApp: +1 (758) 717-9906
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Guillaume B
    Montreal, Canada13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great challenging hike/climb
    Great hike with awesome views a the top. But it is indeed a difficult hike, many ropes and steep parts, it is almost more of a climb than a hike in some parts. It is still doable and worth it, but start early in the morning as it takes 4 to 6 hours total (up and down)! We went with Sean as a guide and he was great, you can find him in Soufrière at Hummingbird beach near the scuba diving shop. +17587188550 on whatsapp
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Dylan D
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guide, Greatest view!
    My guide, Tarzan, had an amazing time climbing Petit Piton! He recommended that we leave town at 6am to try to beat the heat of the day which was definitely the way to go. He was very experienced with the climb, friendly, very knowledgeable about local plants and landmarks and did the whole trek in bare feet! Unreal! We also visited the Piton Falls mineral baths afterward on his recommendation which was great to help recover my wobbly legs. Look Tarzan up on whatsapp ( +1 (758) 729-3936) to take you to the top, he will not disappoint, 10/10! Reaching the summit was definitely challenging, and not for the faint of heart, but the views at the top in the early morning light were stunning and worth all the effort. The climb is sustained elevation gain right from the start up a mix of rock, root and and loose dry earth. Around a third of the way up the trail becomes more rocky scrambling and there are ropes at some of the trickier bits to help you out along the way. The upper third has 3 or 4 sections that are closer to rock climbing than scrambling. The reward is incredible a 360 degree view of a huge portion of the island including the Gros Piton, Sufriere, Mt. Gimie, Sugar Beach and parts of Anse Chastinet. Coming down is much less physically demanding but requires careful foot placement and reliance on the ropes. I would highly recommend this climb, but a certain level of fitness is required.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 25, 2024
  • Peter A
    Mount Desert Island, Maine12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun but Strenuous
    We hired a local guide, but it would’ve been very easy to do on our own. The trail is very obvious, challenging, and sketchy in places, but the guide added little to the experience. Expect loose footing, lots of rocks and roots, and hot temperatures. Take lots of water. The views are incredible.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Robby_Cristian
    Calgary, Canada2,181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Petit Piton, solo trip from Rodney Bay
    A strenuous hiking, with many sections of difficult scrambling or climbing, but totally rewarding. The steep stairways to a little heaven, the summit of Petit Piton, will test your endurance. The commending views over Gros Piton, Soufrière, Mount Gimie and towards the South to Vieux Fort are incredible in a sunny day. How I’ve done it? The sort answer is : like a local: took the bus from Rodney Bay to Castries’ bus terminal. Then boarded on bus 3F to Soufrière. Prepare to wait 1/2hr or so until the bus gets filled. Once arrived at Soufrière bus terminal, I followed Barron Drive, a road by the sea, toward the Petit Piton trail head (~2.5km took me about 40 minutes). There’s a park entrance fees (EC 100 or US 40). You’ll have to sign for the risks you’ll be taken. They offer / recommend guides. I chose not. All in all, a wonderful experience. Being physically fit and having good scrambling/ climbing experience is a must. Have fun!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 29, 2024
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Valerie B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Went hiking to petit piton in May of 2024. I reached out to Marva based off of the reviews I read and she was absolutely amazing ! I went with two of my friends who are not hikers at all but Marva was very patient. She was just wonderful and our safety was always the first thing on her mind. You won’t regret booking with her ! She is extremely knowledgeable with the trail and not only that but she is very kind. She also takes awesome photos !
Written June 13, 2024
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Liliya K
Spokane Valley, WA4 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Challenging at times but very doable with a guide. Our guide was Kent, super helpful. He told me where to put my feet and how best to climb the most steep parts. The views at the end were so worth it! Message Kent on WhatsApp +1 (758) 727-3147.
Written May 26, 2024
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Dan wright
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This beast is not for the weak, it was worth every drop of sweat, The views are great and so was my guide, If you are looking to hike the petit piton you can reach Marva at 17584605288, she will tell you all you need to know about the hike, Best of the best.
Written April 26, 2024
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Ben B
Cheyenne, WY6 contributions
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May 2023 • Family
My wife & went to St Lucia in 2004 the first time, saw the Pitons from a booze cruise, & I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be wonderful to climb one of those beautiful peaks?" Never did back then.

Come the Pandemic.

We wrangled a trip to St Lucia in December, 2020. Decided to try climbing the Gros Piton. We were staying at Sandals, got a ride to the base from Danny Boy the taxi man. We were guided to the top by Corrine, one of the Parks Service guides. It was great. Big steps on a trail cut by the English in the 1700's. The view was impeccable, indescribable. Couldn't believe we did it.

April, 2021. Back in St Lucia again. Saw a sign for Mervin the Mountain Goat the last time we were there. Called him. He guided us up the Petit Piton. It was fantastic! He is a wonder. He must climb this thing twice a day. The greatest thing about it is its beauty. If you're going to the Lesser Antilles to climb (You're Silly), this is the place to be, and Mervin is the one to lead you. You will not be disappointed. About 400 feet from the top, he offered me (I am at an advanced age) an unparalleled viewpoint to turn back. I stayed with him and reached the summit. After coming down, we stopped in Soufriere for a nice adult beverage. He offered a trip to the Soufriere Hot Springs, but we declined, having been there in 2004, besides, we live in Wyoming, close enough to Yellowstone. Great trip.

2022. Mervin & Chad guided us up Mt Gimie, highest point in St Lucia. It was pristine jungle climbing, primary tool was a machete. It was unbelievably beautiful, with a view of the entire island. We could even see Piton Fleur to the North, not to mention the main Pitons to our South. Nothing compares to these experiences.

2023: She's not climbing this year. I surrender. She was a good sport!

2024: She says I can go climbing this year! Yay! Maybe I can get this 64-year-old body up the Petit one more time...

Mervin Heliodore. Look him up on WhatsApp. He will optimize your island climbing experience. A good man.
Written April 2, 2024
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Derrick B
Ontario, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My girlfriend and I hiked/climbed the Petit Piton in March 2024 with a guide named Mervin the mountain goat (1-758-384-7844) Mervin appears to be a legend on Tripadvisor 😁 We decided to do the Petit Piton as opposed to the Gros Piton because it is more challenging. There are a series of ropes installed to assist climbers in ascending/descending the Piton. Mervin was very patient and experienced. A guide is highly recommended as this climb would have felt a lot more dangerous without one. Best $180 usd (guide for 2 people) we spent on our whole vacation.
Written April 1, 2024
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amcmurdo
Cobham, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We bumped into the guide hut by accident on our first day here and decided to do this the next day. It’s an awesome experience definitely tougher than we were expecting but with our guide Livingstone we made it up and down no problem. It’s more a scramble than a hike and hair raising at times lots of ropes so bit of an all over body work out! The view from the top is spectacular.
Written March 30, 2024
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Robby_Cristian
Calgary, Canada2,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A strenuous hiking, with many sections of difficult scrambling or climbing, but totally rewarding. The steep stairways to a little heaven, the summit of Petit Piton, will test your endurance. The commending views over Gros Piton, Soufrière, Mount Gimie and towards the South to Vieux Fort are incredible in a sunny day. How I’ve done it? The sort answer is : like a local: took the bus from Rodney Bay to Castries’ bus terminal. Then boarded on bus 3F to Soufrière. Prepare to wait 1/2hr or so until the bus gets filled. Once arrived at Soufrière bus terminal, I followed Barron Drive, a road by the sea, toward the Petit Piton trail head (~2.5km took me about 40 minutes). There’s a park entrance fees (EC 100 or US 40). You’ll have to sign for the risks you’ll be taken. They offer / recommend guides. I chose not. All in all, a wonderful experience. Being physically fit and having good scrambling/ climbing experience is a must. Have fun!
Written March 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Peter A
Mount Desert Island, ME12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We hired a local guide, but it would’ve been very easy to do on our own. The trail is very obvious, challenging, and sketchy in places, but the guide added little to the experience. Expect loose footing, lots of rocks and roots, and hot temperatures. Take lots of water. The views are incredible.
Written March 27, 2024
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Betty
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Small Piton, 738m,  is a wonderful and challenging hike on St.Lucia, 3 hours up and down. It is a must-do, if you like steep island hikes with ropes and gorgeous views.

A guide is mandatory and I was very lucky to have Denver.

He is super nice, very reliable, when it comes to fix your meeting with him on WhatsApp, and tells you interesting things about the island.

He is eager to help, if there are problems on the trail, shows you where to put your foot and cleans the trail from loose gravel.

He also knows a lot about the weather, what is important for such an exposed trail.

I can highly recommend Denver for a rewarding and save climb up the Petit Piton on St. Lucia. Thanks Denver!

Written March 26, 2024
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Dylan D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
My guide, Tarzan, had an amazing time climbing Petit Piton! He recommended that we leave town at 6am to try to beat the heat of the day which was definitely the way to go. He was very experienced with the climb, friendly, very knowledgeable about local plants and landmarks and did the whole trek in bare feet! Unreal! We also visited the Piton Falls mineral baths afterward on his recommendation which was great to help recover my wobbly legs. Look Tarzan up on whatsapp ( +1 (758) 729-3936) to take you to the top, he will not disappoint, 10/10!

Reaching the summit was definitely challenging, and not for the faint of heart, but the views at the top in the early morning light were stunning and worth all the effort. The climb is sustained elevation gain right from the start up a mix of rock, root and and loose dry earth. Around a third of the way up the trail becomes more rocky scrambling and there are ropes at some of the trickier bits to help you out along the way. The upper third has 3 or 4 sections that are closer to rock climbing than scrambling. The reward is incredible a 360 degree view of a huge portion of the island including the Gros Piton, Sufriere, Mt. Gimie, Sugar Beach and parts of Anse Chastinet. Coming down is much less physically demanding but requires careful foot placement and reliance on the ropes.

I would highly recommend this climb, but a certain level of fitness is required.
Written March 25, 2024
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