Photo by Selma Neel
By Aaron Cranford
Hell’s Gate, Saba –If you want to hike and see an extraordinary view on the island of Saba but don’t want to exert too much energy, then the Sulphur Mine Track is the trail for you.
On an overcast morning in the Caribbean, Selma Neel and I walked from Upper Hell’s Gate to the trail’s starting point, which is clearly marked with a white arrow next to private property.
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (🐐🐐)
From there, it only took approximately 10 minutes for us to walk down the stone steps to the grassy overlook. Walking back up the trail was a bit more difficult and lasted approximately 15 minutes because the trail is uphill, but most people should have no problem navigating this trail.
If you want the most bang for your buck, per se, when it comes to view vs. effort, then the Sulpher Mine Track is a no-brain decision. There are many beautiful views and hikes on the island, but I personally thought the coastline view from the Sulpher Mine overlook was outstanding, even on a cloudy day. Saint Martin is clearly visible on the horizon, and if you time your hike just right, you can watch a plane fly in and land at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport.
Unfortunately, the path to the actual Sulpher Mine from the overlook has been closed for some time now. No one is stopping you from adventuring down the rocky terrain to see it, but a warning sign is clearly visible from the overlook.
Here are more photos of the trail, overlook and view:
What do you think of the view? Have you traveled to Saba?
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