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Sentier Scout

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A spectacular Mafate hike from near Col des Boeufs to Le Plaque with exceptional views along most of the way.


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Map Key

3.5

Miles

5.7

KM

Point to Point

5,424' 1,653 m

High

2,968' 905 m

Low

262' 80 m

Up

2,687' 819 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

67%

Max Grade (34°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views

Description

There is a small parking area on the side of the narrow forest road at the trailhead for this route. There are nice views from the trailhead itself to Piton des Neiges, Le Cimendef, and down into Cirque de Mafate. Sentier Scout follows the Mafate-encircling trail GRR3 Tour du Cirque de Mafate it's whole length. It's in great condition.

The trail begins dropping slowly at first in a thick forest. But the steep cliff-sides mean that you'll have occasional views through the trees. Perhaps the best part of the trail is about a mile in: you'll ascend some stairs carved into the cliff and then pass over a narrow ridge with 360 degree views. After this there will be a section without views that is relatively flat. After that you'll begin descending quickly along switchbacks. At most bends you'll be greeted with excellent views over Mafate, to the ramparts, Saint Denis, Dos d'Ane, and of course Piton Cabris. Eventually you'll come to the GRR2 at Le Plaque.

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Land Manager: Reunion National Park

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Karl W

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A great example of the excellent trail construction along Sentier Scout with a view down Bras Bemale's ravine.
Jul 27, 2018 near Cilaos, RE
Grand peaks and beautiful tree-based red flowers can be found at the lower elevations in Mafate.
Jul 27, 2018 near Salazie, RE
Clear view to Piton des Neiges along Sentier Scout
Jul 28, 2018 near Salazie, RE
Along much of the route there are excellent views to Piton des Neiges and whatever the cool peak in the center is called
Jul 27, 2018 near Salazie, RE
Early morning sun beams stream down from Roche Ecrite into Cirque de Mafate.
Jul 27, 2018 near Salazie, RE
The Narrow ridge on Sentier Scout offers amazing views. Piton des Neiges is to the left.
Jul 27, 2018 near Cilaos, RE

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