How to reach the start
From the west, take the dual carriageway towards Saint Denis, then Saint Benoit. Passing through Saint Benoit, head for Plaine des Palmistes. When you reach Plaine des Palmistes, once you’ve passed the Tourelles estate, take a right turn to La Petite Plaine, Bébour. Follow this direction and, after 9 kilometres, you arrive at Col de Bébour. Continue along this forest road for 10 kilometres. The forest road goes through the forest of Bébour. At the end of the forest road, the car park located at the foot of Coteau Monique can accommodate hikers’ cars. Coteau Monique marks the border between the forests of Bébour and Bélouve. Arriving in front of the car park at Coteau Monique, the barrier which closes off the road on Sundays and public holidays is open during the week. Continue on this road until the last car park before arriving at the gîte.
0 km - After admiring the Cirque of Salazie from the terrace of the Gîte de Bélouve, enter the forest on a duckboard trail.
0.2 km - The trail descends gently, crosses a dry ravine on a wooden footbridge, then a little further on, a second wooden footbridge.
0.4 km - This time you cross a small dry ravine without a footbridge. The humid tropical forest is always lush, composed of highland tamarinds and tree ferns called fanjans.
0.6 km - At the end of this short climb, you arrive at the Piste des Fleurs Jaunes (track), which you take left for 150 metres.
0.7 km - Take the trail which continues on down to the Fleurs Jaunes ravine.
0.9 km - Cross the Fleurs Jaunes ravine on a stone ford. To the left, the ravine is not dry and a large hole below is filled with stagnant water. Go up the path ahead.
1.1 km - At the end of this short but steep climb, you’ll find a new track. Follow this track slightly downhill to the left for 600 metres.
1.4 km - A right-hand fork points to Reine des Tamarins. Don’t waste time, continue on your way to reach Trou de Fer as soon as possible. On the way back, you’ll have plenty of time to go and admire the Reine des Tamarins, which is more than 300 years old.
"1.7 km - A fork to the left indicates the rest of the Trou de Fer trail.
Follow the sign."
2.5 km: You reach a new fork and an ONF panel indicates that the right path goes towards Bras-Panon. Continue straight ahead.
3.1 km - The trail turns abruptly right at a right angle. Continue on this trail, following a long straight.
3.7 km - Arriving at this last junction, the path, joined by the Ecole Normale trail, descends abruptly.
4.1 km - You suddenly emerge into a clearing that ends at the small observation point of Trou de Fer. If you set off very early, you’ll arrive before the clouds and can enjoy this exceptional landscape.