Great Stone Top Trail

Trail Description
Difficulty Rating
Environmental Character
Safety and Risk management
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Trail Format: Cul-de-sac / RETURN TO START

Special features: Spectacular views

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic

Length: 7 km

Time required: 2 hours uphill and 1.5 hours back

Difficulty rating (exertion): 5.5/10

Elevation: 555 m, down to 370 m, then up to 494 m

Terrain difficulty (technical): Walk and scramble

Path Surface: Hard and stony

Path type: Single file and broad vehicle road

Way markers: Wooden arrows

Safety: Take care at cliff faces and steep slopes

Emergency contact: 25213

Trail authority contact: +290 22158

Guide contact: 24161

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Basic Trail Description and special attributes:

A relatively straight forward walk with a strenuous but not difficult climb up to Great Stone Top where the height of the cliffs can be unnerving. Special care should be taken when there are gusts of wind. It is not to be undertaken easily with children nor with dogs. There are stunning views of the southeast coast from atop Great Stone Top, the highest sea cliff in the South Atlantic, and a great place to enjoy the Red Billed Tropic bird. The trail starts (and end again) along a somewhat tedious haul along the gravel vehicle road.

A detailed description of the location of the trail appears in the booklet “A description of the Post Box walks of St Helena”, issued by the St Helena Nature Conservation Group and the government of St Helena.

Subjective QUALITY GAUGE of the trail. (A value of 5 = excellent / dominant feature, and 1 = negligible / absent)


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Trail Information: Relevant categories for this trail marked with yellow (Click to enlarge)