Roche Ecrite - Grand-Ilet

Walking/pedestrian at Salazie
  • Few trails are both as high (not far from 1000 metres of height difference over a length of less than 2500 metres), vertical and vertiginous. The trails of Cap Anglais, the block (at the Piton des Neiges gîte) or Col du Taïbit are much easier, and you need to remember that the climb from Grand-Ilet or the descent coming from Roche Ecrite make it one of the most difficult routes in Reunion Island. Moreover, the panel set up by the ONF at the top and bottom of this path is very explicit: 'Difficult footpath, reserved for experienced walkers, access not advised in bad weather'. This trail is narrow in places with long handrails of steel cable to help you avoid falls because sheer drops are close by. The steps are sometimes tall and difficult on this path cut into the rock with hardly any flat sections. Despite all the precautions taken by the ONF to make this trail safe, it’s marked by the tragic accident of Guus Smit during the 10th edition of the Grand Raid in the upper part of the trail, and a memorial pays tribute to him. This reminds us that despite all the precautions taken, mountain trails are dangerous and you must always be careful and well trained before tackling paths considered difficult.
  • Difference in height
    67.21 m
  • Equipment
    Raincoat, hiking shoes, warm clothes, energy food, sunscreen, flashlight, bandages, hat, detailed, maps, gourd.
  • Documentation
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