Monday, 17 June 2013

Pic Adam

Pic Adam is a summit in the highlands above Saint Denis, culminating at 1184 metres. It takes its name from the grandson of Admiral Bouvet, (a former governor of the Mascarene Islands), who was ruined after setting up an optical telegraph with Mauritius.

side view of Pic Adam seen from St François

The area it is located above is called Bois de Nèfles, and it's well-known for its pineapple cultivation.

pineapple field

a young pineapple just starting to grow

When you start walking you very quickly come to a fork in the path, where you can decide to hike up to the Roche Ecrite if you wish (2276 metres). We wanted a shorter hike so we followed the path to the left.

Sign at the path fork, indicating Roche Ecrite to the right.

shrine by the path side

After a few minutes walking you arrive at a picnic area.

Picnic area, Pic Adam

picnic area, Pic Adam

Reunion stone-chat / Saxicola tectes / tec-tec

large aloe by the side of the hiking path

part of the Pic Adam hiking path (source)


wild passion fruit (poc-poc)

After about 50 minutes of hiking a sign lets you know that you're nearly at the summit viewpoint.

The views from the summit are great, especially on a clear day, like the one we had.

central Saint Denis

Ravine des Patates à Durand, Saint Denis/Ste Clotilde

looking east over Sainte Marie and Sainte Suzanne

The whole hike - to the viewpoint and back - is quite short. The distance of 4 kilometres took us a leisurely 90 minutes.

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