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Thermal Spring Trail

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Course, Hiking itinerary in Mont-Dore
9.1 km
Round trip
Hiking
2h 40min
Medium
  • This path allows you to reach the thermal spring located at the mouth of the Kaori River. The first section is accessible to all-terrain vehicles (from point D to point 4), the second is only accessible on foot (from point 4 to point 9; old miners' trail).

  • DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
    1 Departure (GPS: 694 800 - 7 533 980): from the starting point, go north-west, following an easy old mining track that runs alongside the power line. About 220m further, turn left, hairpin.

    1 Branch (GPS: 694 674 - 7 533 830): then walk due south, towards a hillock covered with short vegetation.

    2 Fork (GPS: 694 666 - 7 534 164): at the fork, turn right in a westerly direction, to follow the good track that winds across the plateau (it is accessible to truly...
    DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
    1 Departure (GPS: 694 800 - 7 533 980): from the starting point, go north-west, following an easy old mining track that runs alongside the power line. About 220m further, turn left, hairpin.

    1 Branch (GPS: 694 674 - 7 533 830): then walk due south, towards a hillock covered with short vegetation.

    2 Fork (GPS: 694 666 - 7 534 164): at the fork, turn right in a westerly direction, to follow the good track that winds across the plateau (it is accessible to truly all-terrain vehicles).

    3 Intersection (GPS: 693 842 - 7 533 245): continue straight ahead to the west, staying on the good mining track (the one that goes to the right, to the north, goes towards the Kaoris river).

    4 Fork (GPS: 693 046 - 7 532 816): (end of the route accessible to all-terrain vehicles) the route follows an old miner's path. Ascending gently on the western slope of a landslide (alt. 219m), it bypasses, from the north, a few thalwegs whose waterways flow towards Carénage Bay.

    5 Viewpoint (GPS: 692 686 - 7 533 204): (a large part of the Baie du Carénage can be seen facing the path) the route runs gently, gently sloping, towards the seaside to the south-west.


    6 Marshy area (GPS: 692 412 - 7 533 121): it crosses a small wetland area with whitish deposits before resuming its peaceful descent.

    7 Helipad (GPS: 691 904 - 7 532 905): the helipad stands on a shoulder close to the site of the spring. Pass the junction with a path that arrives on the left, from the bottom of the thalweg and turn right.

    8 Fork (GPS: 691 809 - 7 532 867): ignore the path which continues towards the north, in front (it leads to the ford of the Kaoris river with a pleasant waterfall) and turn left to reach the Bassin de la Source.

    9 Thermal spring (GPS: 691 795 - 7 532 845): (table, benches, shelter and a small wharf for access by the sea or simply to bask in the sun).

    © Text by Jean Francis Clair

    FFrandonnée® rating)
    * Effort IBP 43 Fairly easy (blue)
    • Technical difficulty 2 Fairly easy (blue)
    • Risk 1 low (green)
  • Departure
    Mont-Dore
  • Location : Carénage bay, 75 kms from Nouméa by the Chutes de la Madeleine, the Capture, the Déversoir, then towards Port-Boisé until the sign marking the departure.

    Parking: near the start, 1500 m southwest of the summit of the Grand Kaori peak (Nu Mwâde).

    Be careful! Many heavy trucks drive at high speed on the southern roads leading to Port-Boisé.
  • Environment
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water
    • Panoramic view
    • Sea view
    • Waterside
  • 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
    • Picnic area
On the premises
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