Hairpin road

Hairpin road

Mountain shelter
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The hairpin road is the link between the windward and leeward sides of Basse-Terre, and provides great views over La Soufrière range.

1 point of interest

  • Viewpoint

    View over La Citerne

    In fine weather, view over La Citerne.


Starting from the refuge, set off up the path towards La Citerne. The path steadily climbs and broadens out little by little. It then joins up with the old road before arriving at the crossroads with the road leading to the aerials (summit of La Citerne).
From there, you will see links to other hiking trails, including climbs up Mount Echelle, La Soufrière, etc.
Plan to have a vehicle at the planned point of arrival (in Les Bains Jaunes, for example), or return by the hairpin road and go down towards the Carbet Falls visitors' area in Capesterre-Belle-Eau.
NB: the hairpin road is a section of the "Trace des Alizés" GR hiking trail (stage 2).
More details about La Citerne refuge: HERE.
  • Departure : La Citerne refuge, Capesterre-Belle-Eau.
  • Arrival : a crossroads with the old Citerne road (access road to the aerials), at the foot of Mount Echelle.
  • Towns crossed : Capesterre-Belle-Eau and Gourbeyre

Altimetric profile


In this natural setting, you should be particularly careful and alert, since Guadeloupe is subject to natural risks.
It is vital to act in a responsible way, so that everyone can enjoy the hike!
Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

Headquarters of the National Park of Guadeloupe

Montéran, 97120 Saint-Claude 41 55 55

The reception and shop are open to the public :

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday : 8 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.
  • Wednesday : from 8 am to 1 pm.
  • Friday : 8 am to 12.30 pm.

Services : reception, shop, toilets, free parking. Building accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Localisation GPS : Lat: 16,01634 N - Lng: 61,70753 W.

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Access and parking

GPS starting point (La Citerne refuge): Lat: 16,04105°N - Long: 61,64827°W.
No road access.
NB: traffic is prohibited on the old Citerne road (access reserved for the emergency services and the aerial technical teams).


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