Black River Gorges 21km Loop

Our trail grading: ORANGE 7B
Distance: 21km
Extremeness: Technical single track, a climb & heat
Location: Black River Gorges, Black River, Mauritius
Joggers: Tim Sprowson & me

Today we did an epic 21km loop in the Black River Gorges Nature reserve on the West Coast of Mauritius. I've already explored four routes in this area before so I took the last (and normal) route out of the gorge on the left. This took us to the top of the mountain to the Petrin Visitor Center. We then had to link with about 4km of terrible tar, through Les Mares, to the start of the Parakeet Trail. This took us straight down into the Gorge on some ankle breaking single track. About 3km before the end we found an awesome river pool to cool down, before finishing this very tough Half Marathon! Tim's first... what a machine!

Welcome to the jungle!

Not a bad place for a breather

Cooling down

We saw a few hundred of these today!

In my element

Black River

Jungle as far as the eye can see

Trail Tim

Tim on the climb

If locals did not show us that rock we would still be stuck on the mountain!

Single trail bliss



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