St. John Trail Tour
ElevationAscent: 2,646' 807 m
Descent: -2,635' -803 m
High: 796' 243 m
Low: 12' 4 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“A route with beautiful views, diverse ecosystems, and challenging singletrack climbs and descents.”— Kyle Hart
There is no cell service or car access at the bottom of the Reef Bay Trail so that's the worst spot to turn an ankle. They can land a boat on the beach though for emergencies. That's how the one-way runners on the Reef Bay Trail return to Cruz Bay on NPS tours.
Trees give way to cacti in the steep descent to Reef Bay. Climb the gentle trail out of Reef Bay (Reef Bay Trail) along with the soldier crabs. The trail follows switchbacks around sugar plantation ruins and only gets very steep near the top as you reach Centerline Road. Cross over Centerline, and to the far right is an unmarked entrance to the Maria Hope Trail which carries you steeply down to Maho Bay.
Run along Maho Bay Beach and then get back on the road that takes you to the Annaberg Plantation and the Leinster Bay Trail. This flat trail winds along the shore with beautiful views of Waterlemon Cay. Continue at the end of the beach up the hill for another stunning lookout from a plantation ruin and the connection to the Johnny Horne Trail to Coral Bay.
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