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Mont-Dore Trail (by the Corniche)

Sport, Hiking itinerary, Pedestrian sports in Mont-Dore
7.3 km
Round trip
Hiking
4h 30min
Hard
  • The imposing mass of Mont-Dore stands south-east of Nouméa. It overlooks the whole of the Great South and Nouméa. The most spectacular route to the summit is probably the one that climbs the south-east ridge of the mountain.

  • D Start by walking along the old grassy track for 20 m, then take the left trail uphill (north). After a few twists and turns, you’ll reach a gate. Turn left to cross a small wooded combe. You’ll go through some muddy sections. At the end, find your footing on an old track
    overgrown by vegetation. Follow the contour line (beautiful view of the lagoon). When you reach the end, turn right to climb the slope (the steps cut into the earth will help). Cross several terraces, one after the other....
    D Start by walking along the old grassy track for 20 m, then take the left trail uphill (north). After a few twists and turns, you’ll reach a gate. Turn left to cross a small wooded combe. You’ll go through some muddy sections. At the end, find your footing on an old track
    overgrown by vegetation. Follow the contour line (beautiful view of the lagoon). When you reach the end, turn right to climb the slope (the steps cut into the earth will help). Cross several terraces, one after the other. As you approach the pass, cross a small, dry thalweg and you’ll arrive at the crest.

    1 Pass (GPS: 664 759 – 7 535 469; alt. 325 m): pass the hillock located right in the middle of it and climb straight up the slope (north-west). The track is clearly visible and follows the edge of the rising crest. It crosses a succession of shoulders and saddles and passes a topographic marker (a small red and white pole).

    2 Hill 578 (GPS: 664 267 – 7 536 048) (mountain environment between sea and sky; Nouméa peninsula viewpoint): continue along the ridge to the summit plateau (ignore the trail off to the right).

    3 Intersection (GPS: 663 933 – 7 536 849; alt. 735 m): reach the summit. Continue straight ahead and avoid the trail off to the right along the contour line (note: finding your way can be tricky when it’s misty). Join the trail that climbs from Col de Plum (Plum Pass).

    4 Intersection (GPS: 663 885 – 7 536 930; alt. 735 m): continue straight ahead toward the masts visible in clear weather.

    5 Summit of Mont-Dore (GPS: 663 654 – 7 537 113; alt. 772 m): you can go back the way you came or follow the Mont-Dore trail (the usual route from Plum).

    © Text by Jean Francis Clair

    FFrandonnée® grading
    * Effort: IBP 80 quite difficult (red)
    * Technical difficulty: quite difficult (red)
    * Risk: quite low (orange)
    * Overall grading: quite easy (light blue)
  • Departure
    Mont-Dore
  • Location: head to Mont-Dore on the RP 1. After 26.5 km, at the service station roundabout, take a right towards the coast (RP 2) followed by Rue du Long Bec and Rue des Inséparables. The trail starts from the far north of Rue des Inséparables (GPS: 664 769 – 7 534 555); respect the local residents.

    Bus route D - get off at Chez Ninette
  • Plain text period
    All year round.

    Subject to favorable weather.
  • Environment
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Bus stop < 500 m
    • Panoramic view
  • 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
    • Car park
    • Free car park
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
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