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St. John Trails: Lagoon Way

turk head
Turk’s Head Cactus growing on top of cliff along the Lagoon Way Trail
The trail is marked to help you find your way.
The trail is marked to help you find your way.

A visitor to the blog sent me an email regarding a hike that I had not known of before. It’s out on the East End and runs along the cliffs of Red Point and then up to the hilltop. Someone has named it “Lagoon Way.”

Warnings:
This is not a National Park Trail. It goes through private property, although there are apparently no attempts to restrict public access at the present time.

The trail down to the pond is steep and rocky, so be careful not to slip on loose rocks or to attempt this trail on wet rainy days.

Parts of the trail are extremely narrow and will take you right on the edge rocky cliffs, so if you suffer from acrophobia,forget about it. Otherwise, be especially careful, a slip here could result in severe injury or worse.

Wear good shoes as there are suckers and other cacti along much of the trail.

gary seatHow to get there:
Take the East End road the the end of East End. Turn left onto the dirt road past Sloop Jones and then take the low road on the right to the end where you’ll see a bench with a painted sign saying “Gary’s Seat.

Just to the right of the bench is a steep trail that heads down to the salt pond below. There is a knotted line placed there to aid you down the steep beginning of the trail.

View from trail to the salt pond
View from trail to the salt pond

Walk down to the bottom of the trail which will take you to the salt pond behind the beach at Pond Bay.

“Right before you get to the beach, you should stay left, and not walk through the gate to Scott and Sabrina’s house. And after this left turn, look for a right just before you get to the flat. That will take you out to the beach. If you keep straight you’ll find the saltpond which is interesting in its own way.” Added by Ed Gibney 1/15

Once you reach the pond make your way to the rocky beach and walk along the shore to your left.

  wave

lagoon wayAt the east end of the beach you’ll come to a trail going up towards the rocky headland marked with a sign post reading “Lagoon Way.”

This trail will take you to the edge of the cliffs along Red Point. The trail is narrow, rocky and extremely close to the cliff edge. Be careful!

The views from here are (what adjective to use here?) – impressive, dramatic – most definitely.

 cliff rocky point  cliff top trail

outlook treeWalk along the cliff-side trail until it turns to head up the hillside. Watch out not to step on suckers or other cacti. The trail leads through a cactus scrub environment uphill until you come to another signpost with options to head for an overlook or to continue on to the top of the hill where an old turpentine tree stands.

You can continue hiking at the Turpentine Tree and the trail will loop back to the one you came up on.

Cactus on the trail up  to the hilltop
Cactus on the trail up to the hilltop

Touching Christmas Bush, a cousin of Poison Ivy, should be avoided
Touching Christmas Bush, a cousin of Poison Ivy, should be avoided

View of Coral Bay
View of Coral Bay

Old Lignum Vitae Tree alongside the trail
Old Lignum Vitae Tree alongside the trail

Maran Bush: whats left after the goats eat everything else; also good for pot scrubbing
Maran Bush: what’s left after the goats eat everything else; also good for pot scrubbing

View of Norman Island in the BVI seen from overlook near hilltop
View of Norman Island in the BVI seen from overlook near hilltop

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