February, 2013

Perhaps ten years ago, Leslie Armentrout and a few other Nevis friends organized a weekly hike during the “snowbird” season on Nevis to replace hikes run by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, which had been discontinued. Over several subsequent years the hiking group grew, and the inventory of hikes expanded. The hikes were open to anyone with an interest in seeing a part of Nevis not often seen by tourists. They have been a great way to enjoy the beauty and historical resources of Nevis, spend quality time outdoors with friends, and to get to know new folks visiting Nevis who we would not otherwise have met.

The hikes have been held weekly from early January through the first week in April. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed organizing the hikes from 2009 through 2012. Lynne and I moved back to the States in July, 2012, so I won’t be organizing the hikes any more. This blog is an attempt to catalog descriptions of the hikes in an accessible format that can be used by future hike leaders or by individuals who want to explore the lesser-seen side of Nevis.

I’d like to offer a special thanks to Leslie Armentrout, who’s energy and enthusiasm got the hikes up and running smoothly, and who organized them for six years or so. Also, a big thank you to Vince Hubbard, author, historian and hiker, who educated us with history and amused us with interesting anecdotes on many of our hikes over the years.

Some details…

Click on the Hike Description in the left column to see the details of any hike that interests you.

Regarding the images embedded in the text…Click on an image to see a larger version (if available), then click on the “original size” link above it to see the highest resolution available. To download an image, right click on the largest version and select “Save Image As”, then choose the location on your computer to which you’d like it saved.

You’ll notice that the GPS tracks don’t exactly correspond to the roads and trails visible in Google Earth. They’re about 80 feet off in a certain direction. This is due to the fact that the Google Earth aerial photos were not precisely located with respect to actual features on the island.

If you have comments, observations, or would like to suggest a new hike to be included here, please use the “Leave a Comment” feature.

Hike safely and enjoy,

Hudson Hoen

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13 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. Hello Hudson – Your site for hikes is great! We’re just about to go to Nevis for the third time but have only hiked to the top of Nevis Peak and around Shaw’s Road. We see the date on your webpage is February 2013. Do you think The Source and Nelson’s Lookout hikes are still passable? Best, Jack and Meg

    • Hi, Jack and Meg. Yes, I’m certain that The Source and Nelson’s Lookout trails will be clear. Both are very popular routes, and the Nevis Water Department keeps the first part of the trail well-manicured, as it’s still used for drinking water. The final mile or so is steep, narrow and slippery, so be certain to take care. Hope you enjoy your hikes!


  2. Three questions:
    1. Does the group still meet for weekly hikes in February, and is it possible to join them?
    2. Is there a good hiking map available for Nevis? The maps we found on the island were not detailed enough to be helpful.
    3. Is there a hiking guide service on Nevis? How do we find it?
    Thank you.

    • Hello, William.

      Thanks for your interest in hiking on Nevis. Here are my answers to your questions…

      1. Yes, the Thursday hiking group still meets for hikes year-round. It’s currently led by Nessa Reynolds. I’ll send her your email address and ask that you be added to the list for the weekly hike announcements.
      2. No, there is no good hiking map of Nevis, which is the main reason I created this hiking blog. I wanted to document some of the more popular and less difficult hikes for anyone who might be interested in them.
      3. Yes, there are several reputable hiking guides on Nevis. However, because I moved back to the States four and a half years ago, I’m not current on them or their contact information. I personally know Jesse James of Barnes Ghaut Village, and can highly recommend him. If you can’t find his phone number, you can just drive to the village and ask anyone to point you to his house at the top of the road. Note, if you plan to hike to Nevis Peak, a guide is definitely recommended, and for The Source hike as well.

      Hope this is helpful.

      Happy hiking,


  3. Hi Hudson,
    I was really pleased to find your website as my husband John and I are about to fly to Nevis for a short vacation. We are keen hikers and would love to join the weekly group on Thursday 1st December, if they’ll have us. I quite understand if they’d rather not have 2 strangers turning up, but I noticed that you had offered to send the leader, Nessa, William’s email address so that he could possibly be included, and so I wondered if you could do the same for me. It’s always much nicer to hike with others, and especially interesting when you haven’t met them before! Kind regards, Catherine Whiteley

  4. I’ve just learned that the Thursday hiking group has decided to limit participation to Nevis residents only, so that they won’t be in competition with local hiking guides. This is entirely understandable and appropriate, as the local guides work very hard to make a living, and guiding visitors to Nevis is how they do this.

    There are several reputable guide services on Nevis, but my personal favorite is Reggie Douglas. I know Reggie well, and can highly recommend him. His website is here: http://www.nevisadventuretours.com/

  5. My wife and I just returned from a week of hiking in Nevis. We took Hudson’s advice and hired guides for hikes that were new to us. We took the Source Hike on our own. We have done it before and it is well marked. The last 1/3 of the hike is steep, slippery, and not a good idea for the novice.

    We used Sunrise Tours for a new hike on the east side of the island that starts near the prison, called the Waterfalls hike. It is an excellent 3 hour (out and back), rain forest hike, with some steep parts that have well-maintained ropes to help. The waterfalls can vary in size depending on the rain. It is not as difficult as the last 1/3 of the Source Hike. The Waterfalls trailhead is not marked, and it is a good idea to use a guide the first time you go out.

    Our favorite guide was Romel Gaskin (trevon15@hotmail.com), who we found through Montpelier Plantation. Romel is charming, informed, fun to be with, attentive to how everyone is doing, and knows the island’s many unmarked trails. He is also great for mountain biking. We will hire him again next year. Nevis has great potential for hiking vacations.

  6. Thank you so much for writing this! I’m Leslie Armentrout’s daughter, and found a reference to your geothermal hike to Cades Bay Soufriere when I was trying to determine when the hill had become active. It was so fun to read through the hikes I know (and some I don’t) and your commentary including the kind words about my mother. What a wonderful publication!

  7. Hi, Marty. Thanks for your comments. I hope your mom and dad are doing well.

  8. Hi Hudson,

    GREAT website, very informative.

    My wife and I have a property in Gingerland, and now retired here in the UK, looking to spend more time in Nevis, and ask if your hiking group still meet, if so I would certainly like to join you, being determined to know and see more of Nevis ‘on foot’.
    Thanking you in advance.

    • Hello, Steve.

      I’m happy that you like the website. I wish I were still there on Nevis to keep it current. I moved back to the US in 2012, so I’m not up to date on the weekly hiking group’s activities, but I’m sure that you can ask around and find out more.

      All the best, Hudson

  9. Do you have any names of Nevis residents, whom I could contact?



    • Steve, On re-reading your first post, it’s not clear to me whether you have a home on Nevis, or will be visiting and staying in a hotel. The hiking group leadership has decided to limit participation to people who reside on Nevis, either full time or part time, so as not to compete with the local hiking guides. The guides depend on seasonal visitors for their income, so this is entirely appropriate in my view.

      If you read some ot the comments above, you’ll find references to guide services (Regie Douglas, Jesse James, and Sunshine Tours). On the other hand, if you do have a residence on Nevis that you’ll be using on a regular basis, let me know and I’ll try to put you in contact with some hikers.

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