Cascading nearly 300 feet, Middleham Falls, located in the Morne Tois
Pitons National Park, provides a memorable experience.
Defined as a level 2 hike (4 being the most challenging) in
the narrow trail wound up, down and around... some areas noticeably more steep than others, with with an occasional balancing act climb over moss-slick rocks, down, across and up
through boulder strewn streambeds.
An understanding of the falls cannot be fairly described with any combination of words. Water falling hundreds of feet against a green sea background of rainforest foliage all the while tied at the top to deep, blue sky
and puffs of clouds... cascades of white ribbon spilling into a cold crystal pool shored up by never ending reverberation and splash, everything wrapped in a silky mist... can only truly be experienced.
We first viewed the full expanse of the falls from a platform (built by the park service) that hung out several feet and 50 yards or so above the rocks, both laterally to the falls and vertically to the stream and pool below. Providing a great view, several photos (see below)
were taken from this vantage.
From the pool's edge, along with the inspiring height of the spectacle, the three, towering shear cliffs
shaped around the falls take on startling dimensions and strength. One easily
feels small here, seemingly an ant in the throat of the forest.
is cold, but instantly refreshing... once having jumped in and the first breath rediscovered -- the heat and sweat of the hike quickly washes away.
Having this world
to ones self here is a special moment, all while swimming and jumping &
diving from rocks naturally placed eons ago during some volcanic rearrangement... for just such things.
Note that there two trails,
shorter trail, leading to Middleham Falls. This trail
head begins south of the falls on the road that leads to the
Fresh Water and Boiling Lakes. Hiking to the falls
from this trail, at a moderate pace, can take 30-45 minutes.
The trail is initially a steep climb for the first have
half, before becoming somewhat flat, followed by a moderate
slope down to Falls' viewing area.
▲For a ratio perspective of the above scene, compare the bottom left
corner where Alden & Dylan are standing by the pool, to the top of the falls.
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