Blue Mountain Peak

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Penlyne Castle, Jamaica
Blue Mountain Peak - The path on the way down, Blue Mountain Peak
Blue Mountain Peak - Sunrise at the Blue Mountain Peak
Blue Mountain Peak - UNESCO WHS plaque, Blue Mountain National Park
Blue Mountain Peak - Metal structure marking the actual peak / highest spot.
Blue Mountain Peak - We on Blue Mountain Peak (I am the grim reaper on the left)
Blue Mountain Peak - Sunrise at the Blue Mountain Peak
Blue Mountain Peak - Sunrise at the Blue Mountain Peak

Blue Mountain Peak Penlyne Castle Reviews

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Blue Mountain Peak Feb 17, 2017
Once you have made your way up from Kingston (most probably to one of the guesthouses to the east of Penlyne Castle), you can now start into the big adventure:

Climbing up the Blue Mountain Peak is quite ardent for most tourists and not a walk recommended for young children and weaker persons. However, if you have a good to average physical condition, it is a good workout rewarded with a view over the island of Jamaica. The hardest part is a the beginning called "Jacob's Ladder" (starting 1,5 kms away from Whitfield Hall at Penlyne Castle or 1 km from Abbey Green), from then on it is a normal mountain ascent on a hiking path. Calculate with 2 1/2 hours to ascend, add a little more if you want a slower pace or have weaker members in the group.

Although our body will warm up through the excercise on the way to the peak, you will fell the cold once you are on the peak. That means that warm clothes (and a flashlight, see below) are esseltial. The blue hut shown on several pictures has been destroyed (most probably by a hurricane), but its walls offer some protection from the wind. We saw the first rays of sun st around 05:45 am, but this may vary slightly throught the year.

Be aware that you have to pay a fee of 20 US$ to the rangers as an entry fee for the National Park. If you can show an evidence that you are a resident (like a Jamaican photo ID or a student card from the UWI) the fee is reduced to 200JMD. Usually, the rangers' station is closed from dusk untill dawn, therefore most people pay on their way back from the peak. The rangers' station is located at Portland Gap between Jacob's Ladder and the final 6 km ascent. Portland gap is the last chance to go to the toilet and fill up your water supplies!

It is possible to do the tour without a guide as you basically only follow the main path, but less recommended. Especially if the weather is bad or if you are a less experienced hiker, a guide is not a bad idea. If the guide tells you something about the area or explains the wildlife, tip him. If he does his basic job only to go up the mountain with you, a tip is not really necessary. Team up with other travellers to share the costs for the guide. Guide rates are around 40-50 US$ for a group, check with your accomodation for actual rates and arrangement. Don't forget to bring a flashlight with you as you will need to see your path. We were six people with three flashlights and it was still too dark.

All prices as of 2017.
Sunrise at the Blue Mountain Peak
Sunrise at the Blue Mountain Peak
We on Blue Mountain Peak (I am the…
Metal structure marking the actual…
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