Augustave Channel - Aurère

Walking/pedestrian at Salazie
  • The Augustave channel trail connects Bord-Martin on the Haut Mafate forest trail (Cirque of Salazie) and the Aurère islet in the Cirque of Mafate. This descends first along the Savon Ravine with its many longoses (plants), which as the name indicates (savon = soap), has many very slippery sections. It then joins the trail created for the laying of the Augustave channel on the side of the rampart. The very difficult task of creating the Augustave channel took place in 1976, and without it, Aurère would have been deserted by its inhabitants for want of water. It’s this portion of the trail that makes this route so spectacular, and particularly subject to the changing weather. This section forced the ONF to close the trail for several years, as some parts were no longer safe. Funding from Europe and the Department enabled the ONF to embark on a major programme of work to re-open the path. The ONF is going to carry out some technical work on this spectacular site to create steps followed by a footbridge, both anchored in the cliff wall above the void. The section seems very solid and ready to withstand whatever the weather can throw at it. The dangerous, wild nature of the trail and the views it offers of Mafate make it a very popular hiking trail. With the Scout trail, it means you can make a loop between the two cirques.
  • Difference in height
    182.73 m
  • Documentation
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