It’s hard to pick a favorite spot on Ascension Island. It’s like comparing apples to oranges to kiwis. That said, the place that set my imagination ablaze unlike any other on the island would have to be Green Mountain.
The peak has a sort of magic to it. Going from sea level, with its inhospitable terrain and wildly overgrown Mexican thorn, to the top of the mountain, which is dotted with banana and guava trees and bamboo, Green Mountain seems to shift from being on a desert island to a tropical one over the course of a mere 2,818 feet.
There are many Letterbox Walks in Green Mountain National Park, but the one that is forever etched in my mind is Elliot’s Pass. The path circumnavigates the peak, cutting through manmade tunnels of clinker and offering spectacular views of every side of Ascension from the steep drop offs.
For as long as I live, whenever I think of my visit to Ascension Island, I know I will think of my jaunt around the peak of Green Mountain.