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vicino a Tranquebar, Port Louis (Mauritius)
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.