Black River Peak Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 718' 219 m
Descent: -726' -221 m
High: 2,556' 779 m
Low: 2,085' 636 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Climb to the highest point in Mauritius for 360 views, then check out the Black River Gorge Overlook.”— Karl W
Hike along the road to the trailhead, being mindful of cars because there is no shoulder. The trail is clearly marked with a painted rock. There is only one way to go along the trail so start hiking northwest. The trail will descend a bit and - likely - start getting muddy, possibly very muddy. The mud can make the hike quite a bit more difficult than it should be. For the most part the trail passes through a thick tunnel of trees that block almost all views. The first view you'll get is at Piton Saint Denis, limited to the southwest. It's an excellent view of Le Morne Brabant, an UNESCO world heritage site.
Continue along the trail, descending a bit into mud before ascending the final stretch. The last part of the trail is very steep and consists of exposed dirt that can be quite slick. Ropes have been strung along the edge of the trail to help you ascend. The top is unfortunately somewhat small, so if there are multiple people out it can feel a bit crowded. However, there are awesome views in every direction. Someone has brought a bench up there to either rest on, or use for better views. You'll be able to see the ocean to the west and the south, Le Pouce and Pieter. Both in the northern distance, Le Morne Brabant, the Black River Gorge, and Gran Basin in the far east distance on a clear day.
Return the way you came. Before departing though, take the Gorges Viewpoint Trail a short distance north from the parking area. The view point offers excellent views of the Gorge and the tall waterfall just to the east. There will be some vendors selling souvenirs and trinkets along the way. You can probably also buy snacks here. There are restrooms, but they're not very nice.
Land Manager: NPCS - Black River Gorges National Park