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Edward
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Yesterday, with some time on my hands, I drove all the way east to Point Udall.

Some nice surprises: Cramer Park. Reef Beach. And lots of beaches down narrow paths from the road.

At one point, I came across a fawn on a trail. Nice.

What a great island! 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : September 20, 2010 8:47 pm
rks
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I too went there the other day...it has been recently paved!!!

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Posted : September 20, 2010 9:00 pm
Edward
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Excellent road. Very smooth.

Here's a page for Cramer Park Beach: http://www.stcroixtourism.com/beaches/cramer_park2.htm

Nice big beach and virtually nobody on the beach, even on Sunday. 😎

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Topic starter Posted : September 20, 2010 9:35 pm
Bombi
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When school is out and around Easter a lot of people use Cramer. It's a gem. As you looked out to the left from Pt Udall you saw Issac's and Jacks Bay. Beautiful beaches well worth the walk.. Issac's has great sand and swimming and some nice reef close in.

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Posted : September 20, 2010 10:18 pm
bathiel
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I second Bombi's comment on Jack's and Isaac's. Two of my favorite beaches. Hardly ever anyone there, and the snorkeling is great.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 12:39 pm
Edward
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How do you get down to Jack's and Isaac's? Park on the road and walk down trails?

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2010 2:30 pm
bathiel
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Yep, park just before you hit the monument. You'll see the trail heading down the hill on the south side. Follow that down to the water, then it breaks right and begins following the water west. You'll have to go over a small hill, and once you do, you'll see the beach down below.

It should take you about 15 minutes or so to walk down, depending on your fitness, agility and speed. But be careful of the initial descent--it's pretty rocky and the footing can be tricky.

Bernie

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Posted : September 21, 2010 2:36 pm
bathiel
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Also, one other thing: If you do go, please do not leave anything of value in your car, even in the trunk. Take it all down with you. Thieves have been known to sit in the bushes just off the road, wait until people are safely down the hill, and then ransack the car for any goodies they can find.

Bernie

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Posted : September 21, 2010 2:37 pm
Bombi
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Another way in is to pass by the old Grapetree Bay Hotel, continue on to the last left. There is a sign and a trail that passes Issacs Bay and the old pavilion and Continues to Jacks. It is up and down but not too severe. It's about a mile

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Posted : September 21, 2010 2:47 pm
chefnoah
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You can do that or there's another hike that you can take.
Instead of going straight to Cramer Park and Pt.Udal, continue on east end road to the right. Continue for a bit, and keep an eye out for Grapetree Road sign on the left. It pops up out of nowhere, but there's a large pile of stones (or a miniature sugar mill) on the right side of the road entrance. Take that left, take a left at the next intersection, then continue all the way up the road. Ignore all of the NO TRESPASSING signs 🙂

Eventually you'll end up on a narrow road near a few houses perched on the cliff. There is a gate all the way at the end and you'll see the trail head there. The first 30 steps are the hardest part of the hike. You have to crawl up some rocks and avoid a few cacti, but once you clear the entrance it's a very easy hike.

On the hike you'll see signs leading to each beach. It takes me about 25 mins to make it all the way to Isaac's.

Hope this helps
Noah

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Posted : September 21, 2010 2:49 pm
Jim Dandy
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They are constructing a new trail to Jacks ans Issacs from the Pt Udall end. Wide, smooth and it doesn't look like you will have to scramble over the rocky point so it will be an easier and safer hike.

Jim

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Posted : September 21, 2010 2:50 pm
bathiel
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They are constructing a new trail to Jacks ans Issacs from the Pt Udall end. Wide, smooth and it doesn't look like you will have to scramble over the rocky point so it will be an easier and safer hike.

Jim

In some ways, that's too bad. I liked the fact that the ruggedness of the trail kept the crowds down. I hope easier access doesn't spoil what is one of the few spots on the island where one can enjoy no development and peace and quiet.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 3:03 pm
Edward
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There has been some construction on the north side just before the point, part of a shoreline rehabilitation program.

It's on the right side going to the point. What's down there? Another beach?

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2010 3:58 pm
Bombi
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It is a project to try to control the erosion of dirt into the sea.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 5:35 pm
roadrunner
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They are constructing a new trail to Jacks ans Issacs from the Pt Udall end. Wide, smooth and it doesn't look like you will have to scramble over the rocky point so it will be an easier and safer hike.

Jim

Great. There goes a peaceful, beautiful beach. Most natural places that are easy to access aren't worth going to anymore.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 6:31 pm
Hiya!
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Wow, I think we have a little bit of the grumpy old pirate syndrome. 😉 I've only been here about 8 years but one of the things I love about stx is how you can find a deserted beach here or mostly deserted so easily. I've think we gotten a little spoiled if we think seeing another human being when we are at the same beach means these beautiful beaches aren't worth going to. Come on!!! It's the freaking caribbean it's all gorgeous! 🙂

Making a trail to Jack and Issacs sounds great to me and I'm sure the homeowners on the other side will be thrilled.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 7:53 pm
Neil
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Constructing a proper trail will keep people from making their own... -the erosion from which would have ruined the beach down below, water quality and reefs.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 8:00 pm
Linda J
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Plus, for those of us unable to make the strenuous hike/climb, it wll allow us to enjoy this area.

Noah, "ignore the NO TRESSPASSING signs?" Where I come from that can get you shot!! lol.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 8:36 pm
Edward
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I went back this afternoon. The construction is on the south side of the peninsula.

The sign says, "Coastal Restoration" in the "Watershed Stabilization Project," "East End Bay."

I also stopped at Cramer's Park Beach. Not another person in the park or on the beach.

And across the road, the NRAO antenna was pointing straight up! http://www.nrao.edu/

I love this island! 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2010 9:29 pm
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