El Cerro del Aripo is Trinidad’s highest mountain with an elevation of 940m and the hike to the peak is truly fascinating. The hike along the ridge passes through undisturbed tropical evergreen forest and views of the north coast can be glimped through the trees.
The Pt. Goudre Trail is combination of a deteriorated road and an actual trail. The road which is mostly broken up and covered with vegetation ends at a wastewater treatment plant. At the first junction, there is a side road (on the right) which leads to some telecommunications towers and then near the end of the road, there is a fork with the left branch being the start of the bench trail.
This trail is located in Chaguaramas (refer to Getting Around: Chaguaramas) on Pt. Goudre which is immediately after Hart’s Cut (the bay with the moored sailboats). Heading west along the Western Main Road and passing the sailboats in Hart’s Cut on your left, you will come to a side road on your left with a sign indicating the wastewater plant at the junction (see pic below).
Turn onto the side road and shortly afterwards you will see a blue WASA building on your right. The trail is south of the building and the trailhead is indicated by a swing gate as shown. There is a sign stating restricted access but that’s not really an issue. You can park along the side of the paved road and your vehicle should be safe there.
Chaguaramas generally refers to the north west peninsula of Trinidad and encompasses everything west of Carenage which includes Tucker Valley, Pt. Goudre, Hart’s Cut, William’s Bay and Macqueripe Bay and also the islands of Monos, Huevos, Chacachacare, Gaspar Grande (Gasparee), Five Islands and the San Diego Islands (Carerra and Cronstadt).
There’s a lot of things to do in Chag (as its commonly called) with some of the main outdoor activities being sailing, kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, fishing, and of course just enjoying the beaches. Personally, I think Chag is a place you must visit if you’re looking to do adventurous stuff in Trinidad with some of my favourite activities being kayaking in William’s Bay, biking and hiking in Tucker Valley, visiting Gasparee Caves, zip-lining in Macqueripe, and bathing in the Salt Pond and watching turtles nest on Chacachacare (which is shortened to Chac).
To get to Chaguaramas, you simply head west from Port of Spain and it’s not really more complicated than that. If you’re using public transport, you need to either use a Route 1 (yellow band) maxi taxi which you’ll find at the western end of South Quay in Port of Spain or take a PTSC bus from City Gate. Most taxis don’t go to the end of the Western Main Road or through Tucker Valley so make sure and tell the driver where you want to go first before boarding. The bus service is surprisingly reliable for this route so that may be your better option for this area.