North Réunion Intercommunal Tourist Office

Piton Fougères, an intense tropical forest

In Beaumont les Hauts, you will find kiosks and fire pits. It’s a very popular place on the weekend! The trail starts after a 10 minute walk from the main parking lot. The climb takes place in a forest of colored wood. After 20 minutes of walking, you will see the East Coast. The change in vegetation is clear: ferns replace guava trees. You are also in the “Plaine des Fougères”!

Continue your ascent among the tamarinds and calumets: Salazie is at your feet, and you will see the Piton des Neiges and the Gros Morne. The return via Piton Bé Massoune is pleasant. To reach the car park, turn left, the path will be straighter than on the way there.

Overall, this loop is relatively long and technical. The trees lying across the path and the spongy ground make the progression acrobatic. Bring enough energizing products and water.

Children aged 7 and over who are used to hiking are welcome. The tamarind arches to climb and the mud puddles should make this hike very attractive to them!



The winding road to Beaumont les Hauts is worth one, or even several, photo breaks, as it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the northern coastline.

The trail is often wet due to dense vegetation, and at times you will have to climb over giant, slippery roots! You will inevitably come out of this day covered in mud, to the delight of the children!



  • Altitude: Piton Fougères, 1802m; Piton Bé Massoune, 1614m
  • Elevation gain: 616 m
  • Walking time: 3 hours (one way)
  • Difficulty: +++



Coming from Saint-Denis, leave the dual carriageway towards “Sainte-Marie centre”, take the direction of “Bois Rouge” then “Beaumont les Hauts” and finally “Plaine des Fougères”. Park your vehicle at the end of the asphalt road, near the designated picnic area.