The trail is not well maintained. For most of the trail we found ourselves wishing we had a machete. (!) Prepare to hike through grass and other foliage 4-5 feet high on a path about 6 inches wide.
Despite the high grass, it is a very sunny trail on a very hot island. So take plenty of water. If I were to do this hike again I would freeze a couple of bottles of water beforehand. Within 15 minutes the water is air temperature which means it is above 90F (32C). This is not too helpful if you need to cool down! I got pretty overheated pretty quickly. But the frozen water would have melted quickly enough to provide us with cool water to help cool off.
Also helpful would be appropriate attire. There is a lot of cut grass that can scratch up your legs and arms. And as mentioned above you will be in contact with a lot of the foliage. So we were advised to wear long pants. Good advice, but all we had were jeans. This contributed to overheating. Light weight pants made for jungle hiking would be worth the investment on this trail.
There are a few spider webs and so forth, some complete with large spiders, but not a lot of flying bugs. We did not use bug spray and did not need it. But then we are from Minnesota which has about 5497 times more mosquitos than anywhere I have ever hiked (which is a fairly extensive list of locations).
It truly feels like a jungle hike, though, which made for an interesting experience. Makes you really appreciate the military who have had to fight for their lives in such environments.
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