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    Hike Hooiberg

    Well, the day is finally almost here - my husband and I are flying down tomorrow for our 5th trip to the island (got married there on our 3rd!). One of the things I am interested in doing this time around is hiking Hooiberg. I heard it can be a bit difficult to find and haven't had much luck with finding good directions - does anyone have any suggestions on where to find detailed directions to drive there? We'll be staying in an AirBnB in Noord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyEva14 View Post
    Well, the day is finally almost here - my husband and I are flying down tomorrow for our 5th trip to the island (got married there on our 3rd!). One of the things I am interested in doing this time around is hiking Hooiberg. I heard it can be a bit difficult to find and haven't had much luck with finding good directions - does anyone have any suggestions on where to find detailed directions to drive there? We'll be staying in an AirBnB in Noord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyEva14 View Post
    Well, the day is finally almost here - my husband and I are flying down tomorrow for our 5th trip to the island (got married there on our 3rd!). One of the things I am interested in doing this time around is hiking Hooiberg. I heard it can be a bit difficult to find and haven't had much luck with finding good directions - does anyone have any suggestions on where to find detailed directions to drive there? We'll be staying in an AirBnB in Noord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GETA62 View Post
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    Thank you!!

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    Hubs and I did this last year. You may already be aware, but this is really more of a stair climbing workout than a hike. It's approx. 600 very steep concrete stairs, many with no handrail which makes the descent a little scary. A good workout just the same, with rewarding views from the top. I enjoyed it but hubs hated it and said he would never ever do it again.

    These were the simplest directions I could find to get us to the base of the haystack: Take Route 4 Inland (roundabout near Pizza Hut), for about 4 miles. You will pass 4 roundabouts then hit small town Piedra Platta, once through there, take a right just behind the ElPaisa Radiator Services shop (you will see Bright Bakery on this corner - you will want to stop here for amazing snacks after you are done with the climb!!). This road takes you to the bottom of the hill - this is a mostly dirt road and you may at times feel like you are driving on private property. Just keep following it and you will get to the base.

    Make sure you go very early, and bring a couple of bottled waters each. Take your time coming down, as tripping I'm certain would result in very serious injury. Have fun, and seriously, you MUST stop at Bright!

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