Welcome to the municipality of Morne Vert, located in the heights of the North West of the island. Land dedicated to culture as the town of Morne Rouge, you will find agricultural landscapes in the middle of territories drawn by the surrounding hills. The culture and vegetation benefits from a cooler and wetter environment due to the altitude of this territory. This town is composed of several districts including the Swiss canton offering magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea, market gardening and Mornes. Many hikes are to be discovered in this area and nearby.
The Tras Ti Jardin hike is a loop that will offer you magnificent panoramic views of the Carbet peaks and the Caribbean Sea. The walk is accessible to all the family and runs 4.2 kilometers. The walking time is 2 hours with a positive elevation of 100 m.
To reach the starting point of the hike, from Fort-de-France, join the A1 then take the direction of the towns of Schoelcher, Case-Pilote and BelleFontaine by the N2. Two possibilities are available to you either by the road D20 (a little after Bellefontaine) or the road D19 (a little before Le Carbet), to go to the municipality of Morne Vert. When you arrive in the commune, must go towards the district of Montjoly, then cross a bridge to join the chapel, then turn to left and go to the next junction, starting point of the hike (photo below).
Park on the roadside at this junction.
Tras Ti Jardin
Once parked, go towards the mountains. You will walk along gardens and houses.
You will arrive on a concrete road at the end of which you will go up on a first plate giving you a panorama on the Caribbean Sea and the pitons located in the neighborhoods.
Follow the path that turns left and that guides you to the mountains.
A majestic apricot tree is located on the left of the trail. At the level of this tree, enjoy a new panorama of the Mount Pelee in the background.
Continue straight on the path in the middle of food crops, you will meet livestock and including goats.
At the end of the road, take on your left and go along the small pond and the greenhouse to find the continuation of the course in the forest.
After the greenhouse, take on your right to go down in hygrophilous vegetation in the middle of which, you will cross a branch of the Picart River.
You may consider taking a river bath if you have the desire to cool off. Cross the stream to continue the hike.
A slight slope makes you enter a clearing. Go left and walk along the wood to see the drinking water treatment unit in the distance.
Go towards the path that runs along the fence of the unit. Look on your left to see a view of the Caribbean coast.
At the end of the road, take on your left to find yourself on the road of the district Urion.
You will have many panoramas on the way.
At the bus shelter, turn left go down to a bridge that goes over the Picart River.
Final way to complete the loop and return to the fork, starting point of the hike.
To you to discover it now!
Ø Circulation in Martinique: During the weeks you will encounter many traffic jams from 7 a.m. to 9. 30 a.m. in the industrial and commercial areas. Especially mornings driving from south (Rivière Salée, N5) to the North (Fort-de-France, A1), but also East (Robert , N1) going North , you will find the same traffic jams every evening on the other side from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Tip, think of the way and time you want to travel in order not to lose time.
Ø Equipments : good pair of hiking shoes or tennis shoes bag with (knife, rain coat, lamp, hats or caps, sun glasses, sun cream and mosquito repellent).
Ø Health: – Difficulty: 3 out of 10, possible course for the whole family following the physical condition. Shaded path at the forest level, risk of slips at the river crossing.
– Take your time and go as you wish, plan the time that you will need depending on your physical condition.
– Important tip: always have a bottle of water per person and a snack in your bag.
Normally, always start hiking at the earliest in the morning. The daytime heat during minimal sports activity can become quite stifling. This hike is largely in the shade in the forest except on the course health.
Others: Other hikes are in the area to the municipalities of Fonds-Saint-Denis or Carbet (Canal Slave). You can come back on the road in direction of Carbet to discover the Habitation Neisson and its exceptional rum or to take advantage of the beach of Carbet.
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