Hike fest 2009 begun on Saturday may 2nd with a breathtaking hike through the historic Chemin Letang Trail, passing through the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, via the freshwater Lake and finished up at the International EcoFest at Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge.
Chemin Letang trail or lake road goes back to the days when Caribs use to track across the island. The trail was cut and improved during the colonial time, as it was the main route across Dominica by land, although many people and much produce went by sea instead.
The trail is mainly downhill, if you starting from the Freshwater Lake, and will take most hikers about 2 1/2 – 3 hours to complete. On a bright and sunny day you experience breathtaking views of the Atlantic surf in the distance, and exotic mountain views but besides that trail is mainly in the forest. On a rainy day, you experience very misty conditions, the rocks are extra slipper and a lot of mud.
I have too warn you, the trail runs at near cloud level cross the interior of the island – so there is a very strong chance of rainfall during the hike, I suggest that you extra precautions especially if you’re carrying with your “Nikon” digital cameras and cellphones – chances are water will get into them. Don’t do like me, unfortunately I had to learn the hard way. But all-in-all Chemin Letang trail is a great way to see first hand how the Carib Indians traveled across Dominica.
Whether or not I will hike the Chemin Letang Trail again – most definitely! But I just pray that it’s not raining next time. 😎
Here are some scenes from trail – starting from the Fresh Water Lake in Laudat:
The video above gives an idea how it’s like walking Chemin Letang Trail.