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Source Trail

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Yaté
3.8 km
Loop
Hiking
1h 30min
Very easy
  • This loop trail leads peacefully through the scrubland and under the tall trees of the primary forest, then descends along the Blue River. There are many places to picnic and swim.

  • Part of the route is common to the GR® NC1 (white and red markings). Double marking.

    Germain Bridge (GPS: 670 923 – 7 555 020), walk 500m towards the north-west. At the intersection, turn right and ignore the left track leading to the former Rivière Bleue [Blue River] hut. The information panel is a little further on, on your right (GPS: 670 538 – 7 555 292; alt. 195m).

    D - Departure: leave the main road to head north-west (GR® NC1, double markings). The trail follows an old skid trail...
    > Part of the route is common to the GR® NC1 (white and red markings). Double marking.

    Germain Bridge (GPS: 670 923 – 7 555 020), walk 500m towards the north-west. At the intersection, turn right and ignore the left track leading to the former Rivière Bleue [Blue River] hut. The information panel is a little further on, on your right (GPS: 670 538 – 7 555 292; alt. 195m).

    D - Departure: leave the main road to head north-west (GR® NC1, double markings). The trail follows an old skid trail that rises gently to the foot of the Blue Mountain (Gwé Buru) (alt. 940m). Cross several small creeks and reach a thalweg that is more more marked than the others.

    1 - Creek (GPS: 669 514 – 7 555 788; alt. 275m): cross the rocky scree that encumbers the bed (caution, very slippery and dangerous in heavy rain). Reach the main track.

    2 - Intersection (GPS: 669 118 – 7 555 785; alt. 233m): leave the GR® NC1.
    > The track blocked by a wooden beam, on the right, leads to the upper Rivière Bleue, the Grande Cascade, the Tristaniopsis hut and the Mine Soleil hut.
    Turn left to the next point. Go down easily towards the south-east to reach an intersection.

    3 - Old Rivière Bleue hut truck (GPS: 669 267– 7 555 484) (water point, WC, access to the river): continue following the vehicle-accessible track towards the south-east, then towards the east, and reach the car park at the start (several picnic areas with farés, tables and access to the river along the edge of the track).

    © Text by Jean Francis Clair

    Location: Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue [Blue River Provincial Park], to the north-east of Nouméa by the RP 1, RP 3, in the direction of Pont Pérignon (car park), then shuttle (paying service) or personal mountain bike (22 km A.R.)

    Car park: Pérignon Bridge (GPS: 675 578 – 7 551 735; alt. 173m)
  • Departure
    Yaté
  • Location: Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue [Blue River Provincial Park], to the north-east of Nouméa by the RP 1, RP 3, in the direction of Pont Pérignon (car park), then shuttle (paying service) or personal mountain bike (22 km A.R.)

    Car park: Pérignon Bridge (GPS: 675 578 – 7 551 735; alt. 173m)
  • Environment
    • Forest location
    • Near shuttle stop
    • Mountain view
    • Mountain location
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Close to GR footpath
    • In a nature reserve
  • 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
    • Picnic area
    • Covered picnic area
    • Sustainable development
    • Outhouse
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