How to reach the start
To get to Col des Boeufs, head for Salazie, and after passing the Voile de la Mariée waterfall, take the rightmost road at the next junction, heading for Grand Ilet. At the entrance to Grand Ilet, follow the sign pointing to Bélier and Col des Boeufs on the left. After three kilometres, you reach a junction and go straight on, taking the forest road that leads to Col des Boeufs. Go to the end of this forest road and enter the guarded car park where your vehicle will be kept safe for the modest price of 10 euros per night.
0 km - From the car park (panel 1), head up towards Col des Bœufs.
0.4 km - Pass through the junction (panel 2), and continue straight on.
Reach Col des Bœufs (panel 3) and by the containers, on the right, climb up to the viewpoint (panel 4), where a magnificent view of the 2 cirques awaits you, then retrace your steps and start the descent into Mafate (panel 5).
2.0 km - You quickly reach the Col de Fourche junction (panel 8), the trail that goes up to the left leading to Col de Fourche, but continue the descent.
2.7 km - You start crossing the Plaine des Tamarins (panels 9 and 10), and reach the fork (panel 11) and head off to the left (the trail that goes straight ahead leads to La Nouvelle).
3.7 km - Cross the Plaine des Tamarins (panels 12 and 13), and arrive in front of 2 large tamarinds that seem to form a door (panel 14).
3.9 km - Cross over the fence using the wooden steps. This is the end of the plain and you can see Marla at the foot of Grand Bénare (panel 15).
4.1 km - The descent is quite steep, but the scenery with, in front of you, Gros Morne is lovely (panel 16).
5.0 km - The descent is not monotonous (panel 17) and takes you to the edge of the Rivière des Galets (panel 18). You ford the river, but the water at this place is very pure and fresh as you’re near the source of the river. A quick swim is called for.
5.5 km - After the river, a short climb (panel 19) and you arrive at the junction of the climb onto the Kerval plateau (panel 20), and ten metres further on you ignore on your right the trail which leads to La Nouvelle (panel 21).
5.7 km – Cross the Rivière de Marla (panel 22), then 500 metres further on, pass in front of Marla church (panel 23).
6.7 km - Arrive at your gite in Marla (panels 24 and 25).