Caneel Hill Trail: The Aerobic Perspective

The Caneel Hill Trail Aerobic Workout

Caneel Hill Trail MapIf you’re looking for an outdoor alternative to your normal aerobic gym workout, you might want to give the Caneel Hill Trail a try.

There are two ways to do this:

The longer way is to start from the beginning of the Caneel Hill Trail, which can be found  about 20 yards past the Mongoose Junction parking lot in Cruz Bay. From there to the Caneel Hill summit is about 0.8 miles with a rise in elevation of 719 feet.

Caneel Hill Spur Trail

The somewhat shorter way is to begin the hike at the parking area for the Caneel Hill Spur Trail located just off the North Shore Road (Route 20) at the top of the first hill just past the Asolare Restaurant and Estate Lindholm where the main road intersects with the road to the VI National Park Housing. This will cut 200 feet of elevation and about a tenth of a mile of distance off the previous option.

Either way the hike is a steep climb. Anyone who uses aerobic gym machines will find this hike every bit as challenging as being on a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike or stair climber. If you’re in fairly good condition and moving vigorously, you’ll be able to complete the climb in less than 20 minutes. You should experience a good rise in heart rate and generate a serious sweat.

Just about 100 yards from the top, there’s a bench with a good view to the north. Continuing on to the summit, you’ll find a viewing platform with spectacular vistas and refreshing breezes. This is an excellent place to rest, stretch and hydrate before your descent.

Unlike the gym, you’ll be in a natural outdoor environment and you will find the hike up to the top of Caneel Hill to be a rewarding and worthwhile change of pace.


Live Music on St. John Wednesday, February 23

Castaways – Steve & Friends – 7:30 – 777-3316
High Tide – T-Bird and Kenny – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Inn at Tamarind Court – Craig Greenberg – 7:00 – 776 6378
Island Blues – Bo & Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – Classic Rock with John – 10:00 – 1:00 – 693-8802
Morgan’s Mango – Greg Kinslow – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Shipwreck Landing – Chris Carsel  – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

A word of caution to my visitors: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

Weekly Music Schedule

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7:00 pm Tuesday March 15th: Free film screening at SPUTNIKS IN CORAL BAY

(2010, 8 minutes) a short film by Jeremy Garza and Trent Myers.  This film documents the event that took at Rhumb Lines in memory of Annie Love on June 6, 2009.

(57 min) 2002by Lisa Denker, Charlotte Lagarde)
HEART OF THE SEA is a portrait of Rell “Kapolioka’ehukai” Sunn, who died in January 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 47. Known worldwide as a pioneer of women’s professional surfing, at home in Hawaii Rell achieved the stature of an icon—not only for her physical power, grace and luminous beauty, but for her leadership in a community that loved her as much as she loved it.

By the time she lost a 15 year battle with breast cancer, Rell’s legacy had grown far beyond athletic feats. HEART OF THE SEA tells her larger-than-life story.

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