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Great for families as it’s mostly flat but gets you into the forest seeing animals and waterfalls.

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3 months ago

Great and easy hike. The trailhead is across the road the stop sign at Calle Madrigal and HWY 34 (another reference point: Its also across the road from the gas station). At the trailhead there will be a house on the left, some wooden recycling bins on the right, and then a steep paved roadway in front. This paved roadway is the beginning of the trail. It will turn into dirt. Along the way there will some archways on the road for a nice viewpoint. At the only fork in the road, take a sharp LEFT and then shortly you will see a paved sidewalk on the left. Follow this to the main lookout/abandoned restaurant.

4 months ago

Good hike for bird watchers

Great hike for animal watching.

Stayed at the observatory lodge in February 2016. The facilities were really nice but what made it truly fantastic was the resort was located already in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Saw owls by night and toucans and amazing rainforest birds by day (mostly around sunrise). The trails around the property were really well maintained and very quiet for the most part (maybe timing of our visit). There were really cool hanging bridges to cross over through the rainforest, beautiful gardens, open prairies with crazy views of Arenal in the background sooo close by, and an awesome waterfall you could walk down to just off the trail. The observatory lodge trails are all easy to moderate. The trail to hike up Cerro Chato volcano was pretty difficult and muddy (quick elevation gain in a short distance) but the view up top of the lake in the middle was beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Fan hike & the bird watching.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The trail is unmarked, the gas attendant across the street showed us how to get there. Once you hike up to the top there is an abandoned restaurant on the side of the mountain. It is so cool! It's overgrown and graffitied. Would highly recommend!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Short hike, up to abandoned restaurant that is gorgeous. Very unique, lots of Mediterranean-inspired arches, and structures. 2 miles round trip for a nice way to start your day. Steep at first and then levels off.

birding
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Beautiful

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thank You, I'll do this summer

hiking
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Awesome light trek, beautiful pictures with unique patterns overgrown walls on the road/path. It has a vista from the road and from the old restaurant that was never finished. You can take your hike past that up to where there was once zip lines from the restaurant ruins. Which may be the steepest and most enchanting part of it all. You are surrounded by canopy cover and still can capture beautiful views in a few points.

on Miro Mountain

hiking
Friday, May 23, 2014

Nice hike in a beach town.

Trail head is across the street from Calle Madrigal as it hits 34. The trail starts out paved and is steep in parts. About half a mile or so, you'll hit the first "ruins", arches looking over the beach. Continue up the trail to the next set of ruins for an even nicer view.

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