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Mine Renaissance Trail

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Yaté
8.3 km
Loop
Hiking
3h
Hard
  • This loop, with its varied landscapes, follows old mule trails that linked the chrome mining sites by following the shape of the terrain.

  • D Departure: head south-west (GR® NC1) and cross the ford of creek des Électriques (be careful, do not cross in rainy weather). Follow the good dirt track that runs towards the Muletiers hut. Cross 2 creeks (some pleasant water holes). Go past the Muletiers refuge, then, after about 450m, leave the GR® NC1 and take the path on the left.

    1 Beginning of the track (GPS: 671 196 – 7 548 394; alt. 191m): climb the zigzags of the old mule track (sometimes slippery climb). Come to a saddle marked...
    D Departure: head south-west (GR® NC1) and cross the ford of creek des Électriques (be careful, do not cross in rainy weather). Follow the good dirt track that runs towards the Muletiers hut. Cross 2 creeks (some pleasant water holes). Go past the Muletiers refuge, then, after about 450m, leave the GR® NC1 and take the path on the left.

    1 Beginning of the track (GPS: 671 196 – 7 548 394; alt. 191m): climb the zigzags of the old mule track (sometimes slippery climb). Come to a saddle marked by a post.

    2 Saddle (GPS: 670 779 – 7 548 062; alt. 285m): continue on the northern flank of the ridge line. Cross several thalwegs or eroded ravines that slope towards the north. Reach the mine. At a hairpin at the edge of the excavation, turn left.

    3 Fork (GPS: 670 019 – 7 547 801; alt. 446 m)(panel): turn left. Continue straight (note the track on the right is closed: gully and dangerous terrain). The path follows the level curve, quickly enters the forest and crosses several thalwegs lost in the vegetation (the shaded areas alternate with the bush). Reach a fork.

    © Text by Jean Francis Clair
  • Departure
    Yaté
  • Location: Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue [Blue River Provincial Park], north-east of Nouméa by RP 1, RP 3, then left at the intersection before the Pont Pérignon and right at the old refuge of the Rivière Blanche [White River]

    Car park: just before the ford of the Rivière Blanche (GPS: 671 614 – 7 547 845; alt. 189m)
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Services
  • Equipment
    • Free car park
    • Covered picnic area
    • Car park
    • Picnic area
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