Another couple whom was attempting the trail from Mavis Banks to Penlyne Castle returned this morning because they said that the river crossing was impossible at this time because of the heavy rains over the past few days. Because of this news, we decided to take the main route from Hagley Gap to Whitfield Hall. We could have taken a vehicle on the rough 4wd road, but we opted to walk.
The sun was pretty hot and the 4wd road was very steep, but it wasn't a bad walk. It gave us a good look at rural life in the mountains of Jamaica. We met two people walking down the road who had just climbed Blue Mountain Peak. They said that they had good weather and we hoped for the same.
We made it to the Whitfield Hall Hostel just as it began to rain very hard. We took a nap and then I went on foot to go find the trail and trailhead. I found it and then returned to the old hostel. It was a pretty dark place and didn't have electricity, but it had lots of history since it was built in 1776. There were a lot of books from the mid-1800's as well and some old furniture and a very old piano.
We didn't get much sleep during the night and we awoke at 2:45 AM in order to get ready for the climb. We walked out the door at 3:25 AM and used headlamps to hike the trail. The stars were out, but no moon. It was clear at first, but started to rain 30 minutes up the trail. The rain never did stop, though we wished it would. There was one slightly confusing junction, but we found the correct trail and made it to the summit without any problems other than the heavy rain.
It got light not long before we reached the summit, but the rain never did stop other than one break lasting a minute or two. For that minute of two the clouds parted briefly and we did see a rainbow.
We didn't' get any views from the summit and it was foggy. After spending only a few minutes on the summit, we headed back down the mountain, again in the rain.
After reaching Whitfield Hall, we hung up our clothes (inside) to dry before having a breakfast and packing up. We opted for a ride to Mavis Banks since we had to be in Kingston that night.
Hiked up and spent over an hour chilling on the top. Could see ocean on both sides of Jamaica! .. I think the peak next to blue mtn peak is higher I hiked over off trail and my GPS did register a higher altitude but only by 5 ft or so. I searched for a marker but the trees and brush is thick. Would be interesting if anyone else gets a similar GPS reading.
A different world in the Blue Mountains and highest point in Jamacia...
Hiking in the Caribbean is just wonderful. You escape the beach for a day and find yourself in a different world.
A great hike up! Weather was fine until just after Portland Gap when it got cold, rainy and windy.