Hiking The Source Trail
Part 2

Beware the sharp razor grass at
the edge of the trail.

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Dung cane, not to be confused with the sugar cane it resembles, can make your mouth swell up, a remarkably nasty side effect prized by plantation managers out to control pilfering.

Sylvester, my guide, said it originally was introduced to discourage thefts, especially after dark. Swollen mouths made suspects easy to identify.

The fruit trees eventually give way to rubber trees, figs, palms and ferns. It may be difficult to believe that the metal water pipe you keep encountering was installed centuries ago, but the heavy moss coating testifies to its age.

At about half way, you'll reach a concrete water tank. Look for the massive rubber tree with a base like a giant cypress; it's a nice stop for a rest or a sheltered picnic, should it be raining.

During August and September, time of the greatest rain, you may find yourself wading almost knee-deep across streams that at other periods are almost dry.  
From the water tank, the trail starts downhill. A deep ravine varying between 100 to 200 feet deep borders the right side. Locally, ravines like these are known as "ghauts" (pronounced guts).

You'll come to 2 sets of steps (15 at the first, 32 at the second) just before the path curves to form a half-circle around a valley, actually part of a ghaut.

After a fairly steep climb of about 15 minutes, you'll reach a water collector on the left. At some points you'll have to duck under the water pipe. Keep going until you reach the 70-foot high ladder leading to The Source itself.

You're welcome to make the climb and see where your drinking water comes from.

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