This was the worst, most terrible hike I have ever endured. I would rather get sea sick in a boat all day under the scorching sun than do this hike again. The positives of this hike include sweating a lot (we did want to be active), getting some sun exposure, eating genips, and lots of wild flowers and orchids along the way. I did not have enough energy at the end to scale the rock wall, so I did not get to enjoy the view from the top. But there is a view, if you are not afraid of the crumbling rock wall.
Aaron and I had been eating lots of awesome food for a few days and decided we should do something active about a week ago. I suggested hiking to the tide pools, but then Aaron had the wonderful idea of hiking Mount Eagle which is the tallest "mountain" on St. Croix at 1,165 feet tall. Our neighbors had hiked the trail about 6 months ago, and had given us directions to the trail head. They are older than us and we figured it couldn't be too bad... I should remind everyone that I haven't really done anything active in about 3 months because of the Chikungunya virus. So, I am out of shape.
To get to the trail head (if you are so inclined against my advice), drive past Cane Bay beach on the North Shore until you get to Willie's Wish. This is a really nice house on the left side of the road with a green roof. Park your car next to the road and walk down the driveway to the black gate. Crawl around the gate and continue up the paved/concreate road.
A part of this stubbornness was because Aaron didn't really seem to be having a hard time with this hike. I mean, look at him all smiley in this picture like this was no different than a casual walk on the beach. And look, I think there are tears streaming down my cheeks. My competitiveness was kicking in a bit.
Along the way, we came across many flowers and orchids that we haven't seen elsewhere on St. Croix. This was one of the positive aspects of the hike.