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  • Photo of Signal Mountain - Spear Grass Peak - Snail Rock
  • Photo of Signal Mountain - Spear Grass Peak - Snail Rock

Time  3 hours 27 minutes

Coordinates 1375

Uploaded January 8, 2013

Recorded January 2013

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near Tranquebar, Port Louis (Mauritius)

This track will bring you only until Spear Grass Peak. Due to unfavorable circumstances I had to abort the hike before getting to Snail Rock. Maybe I'll give it another try some day.

Snail Rock can be hiked/climbed from two sides. Either from the Le Pouce side or from the Signal Mountain side. I have chosen the latter one as I've heard that the Le Pouce approach is tricky and requires climbing gear at some point.

The hike can be divided into three sections. The first one is a walk up the tarred road to Signal Mountain. The second section is another walk on an old dirt road and the third one is probably best described as making your way along the ridge the best you can.

The track starts off in Port Louis at the bottom of Signal Mountain. There is a tarred road winding up to the antenna station on top of the mountain. This road is used by quite a few people for jogging and fitness. However, this section is quite tiring and energy-consuming. Knowing what lies ahead, I'd try to get a ride by one of the security or maintenance cars going up and down the mountain. This will spare you a lot of effort and save some energy.

Once you are up, go straight and follow an old dirt road which is somewhat overgrown but clearly visible and easy to walk on.

After about 1.7km the road ends. Look for two power poles standing close together. From here on there is no path or visible track but the objective is the ridge to your right. It is a mixture of grass, bush, vacoas and loose rocks. Make your way best you can keeping close to the ridge and you will soon reach Spear Grass Peak (see picture).

From there you have a good view of the next section which promises nothing but bush-bashing. You see the ridge clearly leading to the next peak (Goat Rock) and then to Snail Rock (see picture). It looks, however, quite doable as long as you keep close to the ridge and you don't mind bush-bashing.

Long pants, Gloves, Machete and sunscreen are highly recommended. Bring enough water. The entire hike is exposed to the sun.

7 comments

  • Photo of antish

    antish May 7, 2013

    Splendid views from that track

  • Photo of antish

    antish May 7, 2013

    I have followed this trail  View more

    The title is wrongly given.
    From map, attempt is made to cross from signal mountain to Spear grass peak.
    Which is adjoining Le Pouce.

    Most technically demanding. Blazing sun.

    My apologies if i'm too harsh.

    Regards

  • Photo of antish

    antish May 7, 2013

    Got more pictures for that trail. antishf@gmail.com

  • Photo of hikemu

    hikemu May 8, 2013

    Thanks, changed the order in the title. If you made it all the way up to Snail Rock I'd be interested in your track. Cheers.

  • Photo of antish

    antish Jul 16, 2013

    Dear hike mu

    Where is Spear Grass Peak?
    Asked officers at local police station, they'd no clue https://www.wikiloc.com/mountaineering-trails/signal-mountain-spear-grass-peak-snail-rock-3827156/photo-2422878

  • Photo of hikemu

    hikemu Jul 31, 2013

    Spear Grass Peak is one of the two smaller summits on the ridge close to Snail Rock. The picture above shows the summit of Spear Grass Peak. The other photo from this tour shows the second lower summit (Goat Rock) and Snail Rock, taken from Spear Grass Peak. If you follow my track it will lead to right to the summit of Spear Grass Peak. https://www.wikiloc.com/mountaineering-trails/signal-mountain-spear-grass-peak-snail-rock-3827156/photo-2422878

  • agjahp Feb 26, 2015

    Hikemu,

    I just stumbled across a site with a track all the way to Snail Rock and a description on how to do it http://www.exploremauritius.org/?page_id=780

You can or this trail