0 km - Leave the car park (panel 1) and go down the Sentier des Porteurs (Porters’ Trail).
0.4 km - After a few hairpin bends, you arrive at the bottom of this trail and pass in front of a huge oratory. A few metres further on, you reach the D242 road.
0.6 km - Take the D242 to the left. A wide path on the left lets you visit the old thermal baths (panel 2). Continue to climb along this departmental road for 200 metres and you’ll arrive at the start of the trail (panel 3).
0.8 km - The trail descends gently, then reaches a section where there are still a few remaining cryptomerias (panel 4). The trail now heads off to the right and runs along Bras des Etangs
1.3 km – Progress is easy under a nice covering of vegetation (panel 5).
1.8 km - Still overhanging and following Bras des Etangs, you descend gently (panel 6).
2.8 km - Pass a small dry ravine, then start to hear in the distance the sound of the waterfall. As you emerge from the filaos, you reach the waterfall. Go first to the left where a rocky slab lets you admire the waterfall safely as long as you don’t get too close to the edge (panel 7). Return to the trail and continue to the bed of Bras Rouge (panel 8). Ford Bras Rouge and continue on the trail that heads off to the left.
3.0 km - The climb is steep and under full sunlight (panels 9 and 10).
3.5 km – It’s the end of this very steep climb (250 metres of vertical climb over a distance of 500 metres), but the view of the circuit of Bras Rouge (surrounded by Gros Morne, Salazes and Piton des Neiges) is extraordinary (panel 11). Further to the right, in the distance you can see Cilaos.
4.0 km - Now there’s a careful passage along the wall on a narrow path covered with gravel, so don’t rush it. Follow a few dry ravine crossings (panel 12).
4.8 km – Another steep climb awaits, followed by a dry ravine crossing. You are now on a slight incline where the junction with the Bassin Bleu trail (panel 13) is located. The trail on the right is the Bassin Bleu trail which can take you up to Cilaos. Turn left, you’re not very far from the D242 road.
5.0 km - This is the last steep climb (panel 14).
5.2 km - One last effort, and you’re at the side of the D242 departmental road (panel 15). If your destination is the Col du Taïbit, have a good rest before setting off. If you’re going back to Cilaos, this is a good place to stop, otherwise wait for the shuttle bus.