Abstract

Total duration (RT): 6h
Total distance (RT): 17.5km
Positive elevation: 960m
Difficulty: intermediate
Guide: no

Trail in the forest at the beginning.
Then most of the hike on wide and clear track until the end.

Track

Hike description

The ascent to Mount Marau (1493m) can be done in different ways: by Saint Hilaire or by Miri. However, the route via Saint Hilaire is longer and of little interest, then only the itinerary from Miri is detailed here.

At the top of the Miri housing estates, you will find a small "parking promeneurs", located next to a water tank, where you can park.

The trail begins at the parking lot. Take either the path that goes up in the forest, or the other path that leads to a fork, where you will take a left to join the forest path.

Follow the path that goes up in the forest for 100m until you reach a crossroads, with a wide track coming from Green Valley on your left. Take the pathon the right that goes up in the forest.

About 1km further, do not miss the small red ground trail which climbs to the right, to enjoy a few meters further an exceptional view over Moorea. Follow the path for 200m to reach a small picnic area under a tree, also offering a nice view.

Then join the wide track which leads to the antennas of Mont Marau, passing on the left of the portal. From there, you will stay on the vehicle track until the antennas. Nice viewpoints over Moorea after about 2km of track, and extraordinary view on the orange trees plateau after 5km and 6km.

After 6km of track, you arrive at the radar, then 500m further on at the red antenna. Continue for 600m and find the paragliding deck and the green antenna a little higher. Attention, no barrier and risk of falling near the deck ...

Magnificent viewpoint over the Fautaua valley, the Loti waterfall below, Mount Aorai and the diadem on the right.

Do not forget to go up to walk along the antenna to discover a nice point of view over the ridge and the two valleys on either side of it. Note that a vertiginous path continues on the ridge, with additional 2 hours round trip.





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Miri trail

Hiking trekking trek trail walk mountain summit peak mount Marau diadem antennas Miri Punaauia Tahiti French Polynesia
View from top of Miri trail

Hiking trekking trek trail walk mountain summit peak mount Marau diadem antennas Miri Punaauia Tahiti French Polynesia
Orange trees plateau

Hiking trekking trek trail walk mountain summit peak mount Marau diadem antennas Miri Punaauia Tahiti French Polynesia
The radar

Hiking trekking trek trail walk mountain summit peak mount Marau diadem antennas Miri Punaauia Tahiti French Polynesia
The deck

Hiking trekking trek trail walk mountain summit peak mount Marau diadem antennas Miri Punaauia Tahiti French Polynesia
Mount Marau antennas

Hiking trekking trek trail walk mountain summit peak mount Marau diadem antennas Miri Punaauia Tahiti French Polynesia
View from the antennas

Hiking trekking trek trail walk mountain summit peak mount Marau diadem antennas Miri Punaauia Tahiti French Polynesia
Ridge and diadem





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