How to reach the start
Head for Salazie on the D48, then one kilometre after the village, soon after the Voile de la Mariée waterfall, head for Grand Ilet on the right. Pass the Mare à Citron and Mare à Vieille Place pools. At the entrance to Grand Ilet, before the church, turn left towards Bélier. Then at the junction, before arriving at Bélier, continue straight ahead along the bitumen forest road of "Haut Mafate". After 3 km, you arrive at a place called "Bord Martin" where the start of the Augustave channel trail can be found. Continue for 800 m and, after two bends, park your vehicle in the Scout Trail car park on the right of the road. You can also leave your vehicle at the car park (guarded and paid) of Col des Boeufs located 3 km higher up.
0 km - After leaving the car park, follow the trail in a slight descent under the cover of highland vegetation.
1.0 km - Cross a small ravine, and continue on a slight slope.
1.6 km - A climb lies ahead with a beautiful view towards the summit of Cimendef, and takes you straight to Deux Fesses. The view opens up wonderfully on the north of Mafate, so far that you can see the town of Le Port in the distance.
2.0 km - Continue until you arrive at a junction. The trail on the right leads to the Augustave Channel Trail. Continue straight ahead to reach Plateau de la Sale.
3.2 km – Continuing on, you quickly reach the Grand rein. The precipices to the left and right of the path are hidden by vegetation.
3.6 km - The trail swings from the left flank of the ridge, the start of the Pente Gardien.
4.1 km - Along this Pente Gardien, the trail splits several times. You can take either left or right; on this slope, the forks join up again after just a few dozen metres.
4.7 km - When you reach the Grimaud catchment, take a short break before continuing.
5.4 km - You reach a forest of filaos. Continue straight ahead.
5.6 km - Arriving at La Plaque, take the path on your left. Pass the Arbre du Voyageur gîte, and after crossing a small dry ravine, head on up to come out above Ilet à Malheur.
7.0 km - Arrive at the first shacks with an amazing view of Ilet à Malheur. At the foot of this descent, you reach the church of Ilet à Malheur, the gîte and private campsite of Les Filaos.