Ascent of Bordeaux Mountain on 2010-05-26

Climber: Michael Kelly

Date:Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bordeaux Mountain
    Location:U.S. Virgin Islands
    Elevation:1286 ft / 391 m

Ascent Trip Report

First, note that this is also the high point of US Virgin Islands National Park.

Getting to the top of this peak has everything to do with navigation and nothing to do with hiking, climbing, or any other skills. Maps of the island are somewhat inadequate for this purpose as well.

I initially tried approaching from the east, up VI 108, which is an extremely steep road that eventually splits and becomes unpaved, all without sufficient signage. As the number of unpaved, steep uphill branches increased, I returned down to the coast to try again from another angle. (Note that Rte 107 as shown on the map is not actually a road, but rather a hiking trail once it leaves the coast and heads north/up, so it is not an option by vehicle.)

Then by taking the Bordeaux Mtn Road from the turn at Centerline Road, and following what always appeared to be the larger branch, I was successful. The road will become unpaved, but stays smooth enough. Pass the first steep uphill turnoff to the right, but take the second and you'll find yourself in the parking area for a radio tower, with a lot of "no trespassing" signs. The highest point appears to be just to the right of the tower enclosure, so I scrambled up the small bank and walked around in the underbrush a little to make sure I tagged it.
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