Island Parks

Mount Qua Qua Trail

The hike to Mount Qua Qua passes through true rainforest, which is apt to live up to its name suddenly, so bring a windbreaker for showers and the cool tradewinds. Take water and snacks for a break at the summit.

This is a challenging hike leading to the rocky summit of Mount Qua Qua and its famous view of the northeast coast. At various points there are also some good panoramas of distant Grand Etang. This is an excellent hike for photography but keep your camera in a backpack or holster; you need both hands for scrambling up and grabbing tree roots.

The Mount Qua Qua trailhead begins a few hundred feet from the Park Centre, off the paved road leading to St. George's. A sign on the right clearly marks the start.

You'll experience little gradient until you pass a junction sign leading to the Grand Etang trail on the right. From this point the trail keeps going up and down, sometimes quite steeply, and the red clay soil along the crater rim is icy-slick when wet. In some places, the slippery trail is only a few feet wide: dramatic dropoffs on either side demand caution. As troublesome as this wet clay may be, early settlers found it ideal for chinking their wood and bamboo dwellings.

As you start to climb, the plants and trees on the lake slope take on the characteristics of elfin woodland, forest that's been stunted and sculpted by the ever-constant tradewinds. In fact, on windward slopes throughout Grenada you'll see similar formations.

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Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 2 Jun 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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