Lind Point Trail
The easiest trail to reach in the entire park.
1. Lind Point Trail
Distance: 1.1 miles. Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour. Difficulty: 1. Trailhead: Starts at the National Park Visitor Center and connects with Honeymoon Beach and Caneel Bay Beach.
The trail begins less than a half mile from the Cruz Bay ferryboat landing and combines the 2 things people seek on St. John: a hike and a beach.
The trail begins behind the National Park Visitor Center at Cruz Bay. Because of its convenient location, it's one of the park's most popular trails.
It's a bit of a scramble at the start but the path soon widens and it's an easy 0.4-mile climb up to the scenic view at Lind Point (elevation, a dizzying 160 feet).
You'll have a great view of Pillsbury Sound, the ferries coming and going and the sailboats at anchor.
At 0.7 miles, a side spur leads to Salomon Beach. Tiny Salomon Beach, which is only a hundred yards long, has become the island's nude beach, though sunbathing nude technically is illegal.
This appears to be one of those instances where, if authorities don't see and no one complains, nobody cares.
To reach Salomon Beach, take the left spur 0.3 miles northeast of Lind Point overlook, where you pass through mostly dry forest and cactus scrub.
Continue on the main path another 0.2 miles, turn right and you'll connect with the North Shore Rd. and the Caneel Hill Trail.