Conquer or be conquered, but never let it be said that you failed to try. Put your skills to the test and dare to brave Antigua’s highest heights. Registering at 1,319 feet, Mount Obama, formerly known as Boggy Peak is the twin island nation’s highest elevation.
The Mount Obama hike by way of the Christian Valley trail approaches the mountain from its northern side. It begins with a ten minute walk along a rambling dirt road through the Christian Valley Agricultural Center. The scent of seasonal fruit- be it mango, guava, pomegranate, sugar cane or breadfruit will titillate the senses as you make your way further into the trail.
A monument erected at the base of the mountain presents the perfect photo opportunity to preserve the memories of your trek and share them with your loved ones. With just a few more steps the trail makes way to a narrow path densely populated with tropical green foliage. Making your way through, the atmosphere changes from quaint countryside stroll to forest safari. The change in climate is marked by the sharp intake of moist air as we approach rainforest terrain. Giant bamboo clusters, and tress towering high above you will transport you to an older Antigua, where nature was untouched and the maroons sought refuge in the difficult to navigate hillside.
Pick the time of your hike wisely if you want to take a splash in Antigua’s only waterfall. It’s only visible during the rainy season, but don’t worry, it’s still a sight to behold should you choose to take the hike during the dry season. Passing streams and moss covered boulders stand testament to the waterfall’s splendor.
Exit the Christian Valley trail by making a right hand turn onto a concrete road. From here the journey is all incline leading to the summit. The peak’s height makes it an ideal spot of telecommunication providers and radio stations, so you will see several antennas and other professional broadcast communication equipment. Fear not! That won’t obstruct your view, after all, the higher the height the greater the view. Your guide will simply direct you to an area around the fenced enclosure for stunning views of the southern side of the island.
Are you ready to conquer Mount Obama and show it who is boss? Give us less than three hours and we’ll gladly take you on the tour to our highest incline yet.
- Climb to the top of the highest peak in Antigua
- Taste natural fruits along the trail
- Pick some natural tea herbs along the way
- See neighboring islands
- Hike through a bamboo forest
- Approximately 3 hours
Christian Valley Jennings Village
- Bottled water
- Soft drinks
- Packaged snacks
What to Bring
- Comfortable clothes (preferably long pants)
- Sturdy shoes