To get the full effect of this 18 mile hike (9 there - 9 back), it is best to overnight at Whitfield Inn and leave for the peak at 2 am to arrive at 5:30 am in time for the sunrise.
The change in altitude (from 3,500 ft. to 7,000 ft.) is tiring, but do not be daunted; pace yourself, take torches, food, water and a good pair of boots and you will be fine.
Costs will be confirmed pending your requirements as there are several options.
The forests are well preserved with all forms of ferns, lichens and trees along the way. As you ascend to 7,000 ft. the tree canopy gets shorter and more stunted. This is called Alpine Forest and alot of the vegetation found here is endemic only to Jamaica.