Photo by Christian Rodriguez
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1888|
|First successful climber(s):||Governor Roger T. Goldworthy|
|Nearest major airport:||Belize City|
|Convenient Center:||Belize City|
Thanks to Christian Rodriguez for adding this peak.
Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in the range at a height of 3,675 feet and the second highest elevation in Belize. Victoria Peak is situated in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
The first expedition to the Cockscomb Mountains in was led by Governor Roger T. Goldworthy in 1888. From 1927 to 1928, there were three more expeditions into the Cockscomb Mountains. They found that the peak described by the Goldworthy Expedition was not the highest peak, and therefore not Victoria Peak. Clearly, whatever peak the Goldworthy Expedition climbed, the name "Victoria Peak" was given to the highest peak of the Cockscomb Range, in honor of Queen Victoria.
On May 2, 1998, Victoria Peak was declared to be a natural monument. Prior to this declaration, Victoria Peak was part of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. At the Launching of the 30th Anniversary Celebration on February 6, 1999, an agreement between the Belize Audubon Society and the Government of Belize was signed, adding Victoria Peak and Blue Hole Natural Monuments to the list of protected areas managed by the Belize Audubon Society.
Rising abruptly from the lowlands, the jagged Cockscomb Mountains are an impressive mass of rock that is visible from the coast in clear days. The Victoria Peak Trail is open during Belize's dry season, February 1 - May 31. Recommended to do it in 3-4 days hiking. 5 days if you're not in good conditions. All hikers must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide (experienced guides can be hired from the local communities buffering Cockscomb).
Thanks to Christian Rodriguez for this description.