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islandlovin
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I read somewhere that on full moon lots of people do the ram head hike on st John. Anyone know if this is true

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Topic starter Posted : July 1, 2012 12:49 am
fdr
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It's a popular full moon activity, yes.

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Posted : July 1, 2012 9:09 am
cheryl96s
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That would be spooky! Hope people aren't drinking when they make that hike :). Rams head is a great mild hike up to a sheer rock cliff, must be 200 ft at least. Gorgeous, not sure if I would suggest it for a full moon though

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Posted : July 1, 2012 1:31 pm
FranklinjSRQ
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Do it once during daylight to get your bearings or go with people who have done it before.. The trial ca be a little tricky towards the end

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Posted : July 1, 2012 7:07 pm
VIsnorkeler
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LOVE, love, love that hike...Never done it during a full moon, but I'd think you'd be able to see pretty well. Of course, the first time, do it in the daylight!

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Posted : July 1, 2012 7:35 pm
piaa
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Take a flashlight incase cloud cover

Pia

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Posted : July 1, 2012 8:59 pm
islandlovin
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Hmmm guess I need to find someone who has done this hike before I don't wanna be creeped out lol

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Topic starter Posted : July 1, 2012 10:00 pm
fdr
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Hope people aren't drinking when they make that hike :).

No, I think hallucinogens are actually the drug of choice. (Not for everyone, but there is definitely a contingent who does this regularly with mushrooms.)

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Posted : July 2, 2012 1:15 am
VIsnorkeler
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Islandlovin', I am available on Tuesday! Great snorkeling all around Salt Pond area...the blue cobblestone beach is a good one. 🙂

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Posted : July 2, 2012 3:10 pm
br1k
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I'd like to do this hike (daytime, for starters) - could someone please provide directions? Also, if anyone wants to go with me - I am interested (and also planning a visit to Lameshur bay, probably going to be a hike as well, since I don't have a jeep).

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Posted : July 5, 2012 12:03 am
fdr
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http://stjohntour.com/RamsHeadTrail.html

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Posted : July 5, 2012 1:50 am
islandlovin
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What is the Lameshur hike I assume on St.john? How long?
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I'd like to do this hike (daytime, for starters) - could someone please provide directions? Also, if anyone wants to go with me - I am interested (and also planning a visit to Lameshur bay, probably going to be a hike as well, since I don't have a jeep).

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Topic starter Posted : July 5, 2012 3:51 am
fdr
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There is a (very steep) trail from Lameshur as well as some tamer loop hikes nearby. Google will help you out on that. But I think br1k is talking about having to hoof it out to Lameshur and back from Salt Pond (the last stop on the bus line), if hitching a ride doesn't work out.

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Posted : July 5, 2012 4:01 am
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Correct me if I'm wrong as it's been many years since I hiked that trail, but I seem to recall that good shoes are a good idea. I seem to remember certain parts of the trail where cactus thorns were underfoot and, if you're not careful, they can poke right through flimsy flip-flops or sneakers. Painful!

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Posted : July 5, 2012 11:33 am
swans
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Correct me if I'm wrong as it's been many years since I hiked that trail, but I seem to recall that good shoes are a good idea. I seem to remember certain parts of the trail where cactus thorns were underfoot and, if you're not careful, they can poke right through flimsy flip-flops or sneakers. Painful![/quote

OT:
You are SO correct! And all it takes is a poke like this to set someone up for a horrid infection; even MRSA. Thank you again OT. 🙂
Swan

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Posted : July 5, 2012 11:59 am
br1k
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Yes, I mean hiking either all or part way to Lameshur. I don't plan to take a bus, I'll drive and park where the half-decent road ends - little Suzuki probably won't be too happy bumping around the country road to Lameshur.

From Lameshur itself there is a Tektite trail and another one - both presumably to places with great views. I would rather get to Lameshur, then swim out and snorkel (it's really nice at the end of the peninsula).

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Posted : July 5, 2012 6:27 pm
fdr
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Proper footwear is always important for hiking on STJ. Cacti aside, one bad ankle twist and you're either stuck until St John Rescue can reach you or you face a rather painful tromp back. This is noplace for flip flops.

There's Christmas bush (skin irritant) along the Ram Head trail, too. Usually it is cut back (dry enough that it probably hasn't grown much lately), but you should know to watch out for it.

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Posted : July 5, 2012 6:50 pm
VIsnorkeler
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I always take hiking boots with me for those trails. Lamesure is the most beautiful place in the world! I have taken vehicles all the way to the very end of that road where Bourdeax and Lamesure trails meet. I haven't needed 4 wheel drive yet. The worst part of the road is right at the beginning. We go over all the time. Seriously, we try for once a week. If anyone wants to PM me for details or maybe hiking together, feel free.

Two invaluable resources for hiking St John for me have been www.seestjohn.com (and the book version, St John Off the Beaten Path) and the Trail Bandit map of St John. We have even done a few of his "red dotted line" hikes.

I get really enthusiastic about this subject! Please fogive me...it's one of the top five reasons I moved here!

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Posted : July 5, 2012 7:11 pm
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Contact the National Park in STJ.
They have guided tours available to various locations. Great trips and very informative.
You can also get a hiking/trail map from them if going on your own.

If you don't have a car (not a low to ground vehicle, either) it will be difficult to get to Lameshur which is way past Salt Pond and hike down to Reef bay and back. If you do this on your own, be sure to wear good shoes/sneakers (no flip flops) and take lots of water as it is extremely hot and humid. (bug spray helps, too.) This trail can take you to petroglyphs as well as the old sugar mill at Reef Bay.
Take a swim to cool off but watch out for sea urchins/fire coral.

Or see this link - http://www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=319784-245777
also http://www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/events.htm

The one tour taxi's you to a different start point for the Reef Bay hike than from Lameshur but you get a nice boat ride back, IF sea conditions are good instead of a very hot, steep climb.

Ya'll have fun but be sure to call the Park as they can give you great info.

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Posted : July 5, 2012 7:22 pm
islandlovin
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Thank you everyone who has responded to my question - i appreciate your concern.

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Topic starter Posted : August 22, 2012 1:53 am
STJVI
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