Spyke Falls

Fond St Jacques, Soufriere District, St Lucia

About Spyke Falls


Hiking Distance: 1km round trip; scramble
Suggested Time: 30-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-11-29
Date last visited: 2008-11-29

Waterfall Latitude: 13.83639
Waterfall Longitude: -61.02574

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Spyke Falls was actually a waterfall we didn’t expect to see on our trip to St Lucia as we didn’t know of its existence during our trip planning.

However, Peter Simon (then working at the Diamond Botanical Gardens) introduced this waterfall to us right after he guided us to Enbas Saut Falls.

Spyke_Falls_003_11292008 - Spyke Falls
Spyke Falls

Allegedly, this waterfall had the highest cumulative drop on the island at somewhere over 100m.

Nevertheless, as you can tell from the photo above, I had a pretty hard time getting a decent view of the entire falls in one shot.

The falls behaved more like cascades, and this waterfall had more lower tiers below our viewing spot in addition to the rest of it that you see in the photo above.

It turned out that access to Spyke Falls went through private property so we had to pay the landowners to get started.

Then, the primitive trail itself weaved through some dense vegetation before climbing up steeply along what looked like a gully.

Had it been raining while we did this trail, I doubted that we would have been able to access the waterfall as this gully surely would have been very muddy and ultra-slippery.

Spyke_Falls_001_11292008 - Peter Simon leading us on a primitive, overgrown trail through private property to Spyke Falls
Peter Simon leading us on a primitive, overgrown trail through private property to Spyke Falls

Moreover, if the falls happened to pump with high volume, it might have been extremely difficult to even get a satisfying view of the falls.

After all, the viewing spot for the photo you see at the top of this page came from the lip of one of the waterfall’s leaps.

Although the length of this hike and scramble wasn’t very long (on the order of 15 minutes or so), we found the steep trail and the hazards alongside it to make this a pretty difficult excursion.

Therefore, I bumped up the difficulty rating to reflect that.

Anyways, the bottom line is that this excursion really depended on the conditions, but we were fortunate to have sunny weather when we did it in November 2008.

Authorities

Spyke Falls resides in the Soufriere Quarter of St Lucia. It maybe administered by Government of Saint Lucia, but access is through private property. For more information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.

Spyke_Falls_007_11292008 - Made it to the tall but thin Spyke Falls

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Access to the falls began around Fond St Jacques, which was 5km east of the town of Soufriere.

It was not signposted and we really had to rely on our guide to even know where to stop the car.

Apparently, the way to the waterfall crossed through private land because we were asked to pay around $5 EC per person before accessing the waterfall.

To give you some context, the drive from Gros Islet to Soufriere was about 54km (taking us about 90 minutes). It was another half-hour of driving very slowly towards the falls. Gros Islet was on the opposite side of the island from the airport some 65km away (or 90 minutes by vehicle). The flight from the Miami International Airport to the Saint Lucia Airport was on the order of 4 hours.

Sweep from base of one of the lower tiers to its shadowy top

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