Time: 1st waterfall = 3 hours, with extension = 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 1st waterfall – 408 m (1339 ft), 2nd waterfall – 484 m (1588 ft)
This historic hike is named after James Stephen, a British abolitionist lawyer who fought to end the slave trade in the late 1700s. It is a quick, and moderate hike that can be done by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. The hike can be extended past the first waterfall, where it becomes an advanced and adventurous hike, requiring scrambling, rope climbing and rock hopping, under wet tropical conditions. Especially during the rainy season or after a recent heavy down pour, the waterfalls offer a spectacular view with flowing water and enjoyable rock hopping in the upper stream.
In the rainforest, the trail slowly ascends to meet and follow a riverbed. To get to the historic cave, simply follow the marked trail heading right and up from the river bed. Approaching the cave, the trail goes past Stephen’s bath tub on the left of the trail. Just 200 meters from the cave’s turn off nestled in the tropical rainforest is the first waterfall. Climb down from the trail and take a for a breath-taking view of the gushing sparkling stream (weather dependent).
The second waterfall presents a more thrilling humid trailblazing climb over rocks. Discover this natural attraction by simply following the river upstream. Some portions of the river are narrow, deep, or blocked by small rock walls, so detours off the river and through the adjacent rain forest are needed to get around the impassable sections. The trek involves exciting rope climbing action and splashing through the icy pools.
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