Hiking Ram’s Head


In our opinion, a boat day will be the best day of your vacation, but you probably won't spend every day on the water. On our USVI vacations, we always try to carve out some time to try different hikes. We usually head out first thing in the morning, get our hike in, and then we're on the beach by late morning, give or take. Where we go really depends on what we need that day. For example, if we don't have a lot of time or energy, we'll do a short easy hike, like the Lind Point Trail down to Honeymoon Beach. Or, if we need some time in the shade, we'll do the Reef Bay Trail and check out the petroglyphs on the way.

One of our favorites is Ram's Head on the east end of St John. The trail is pretty exposed, so don't forget water and sun protection. I don't recommend flip flops on this trail. This hike can be hot but there's usually a breeze, especially at the end of the trail, high atop the bluff. Expect the hike to take 45-60 minutes each way.

To get there, head over to the Coral Bay area and make a right at the intersection with all of the signs. Follow this road until you see the Salt Pond parking area on the left. Walk down the hill to Salt Pond beach and keep on going. Follow the curve of the shoreline to the right and you're on your way. The trail is pretty obvious. On the way, you'll descend to a blue stone beach after which you will begin your ascent up to the bluff. The climate on the east end is different - much drier - and you'll notice a lot of cactus on your way up. The panoramic views at the top are awesome and make it worth the effort!