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La Nouvelle - Trois Roches - Roche Plate

Walking/pedestrian at La Possession
8.0 km
One-way
Walking/pedestrian
4h 25min
Hard
  • Reunion Island is simply teeming with beautiful places and two of the most beautiful are undoubtedly Trois Roches and Plaine aux Sables. Trois Roches is known for being the most beautiful place in Mafate. It's where extremely hard and polished lava covers the basalt in the bed of la Rivière des Galets. The river then flows through a deep rift into a beautiful waterfall, in front of which sit three huge blocks of basalt: Trois Roches. As for Plaine aux Sables, it's hard to describe its beauty...
    Reunion Island is simply teeming with beautiful places and two of the most beautiful are undoubtedly Trois Roches and Plaine aux Sables. Trois Roches is known for being the most beautiful place in Mafate. It's where extremely hard and polished lava covers the basalt in the bed of la Rivière des Galets. The river then flows through a deep rift into a beautiful waterfall, in front of which sit three huge blocks of basalt: Trois Roches. As for Plaine aux Sables, it's hard to describe its beauty in a few words. These two places where solitude, beauty and romance prevail make this hike a must if you decide to visit Mafate.
    As you cross the sumptuous Plaine Aux Sables, you can stop at the tomb of Luçay and his son Vincent where there are always flowers. They represent the heavy price (165 dead) paid by Reunion Island during the cyclone of 1948.
    Take caps or hats and sun cream because you will leave the oasis of Trois Roches to cross several dry plateaux at the foot of the Maïdo rampart under a blazing sun. The river bed near the filao pines is is a great place to go for a pleasant swim and at no risk between 11am and 2pm when it's picnic time, but make sure you don't get too close to the edge of the waterfall. It's very slippery because the rock has been polished by the water. One reckless hiker has already suffered a non fatal fall in this rift.
  • Difference in height
    475.28 m
  • Equipment
    Gourd
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
475 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 1426 m
  • End altitude : 1080 m
  • Maximum altitude : 1482 m
  • Minimum altitude : 1079 m
  • Total positive elevation : 475 m
  • Total negative elevation : -821 m
  • Max positive elevation : 155 m
  • Min positive elevation : -205 m