Explore the most popular trails in Reserva Natural da Serra de Santa Barbara e dos Mistérios Negros with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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2 months ago

This was probably the wildest track I’ve ever been to. Such an exciting hiking full of climbing, we felt like we were in the middle of a jungle. The day we chose to go was windy, foggy and it was raining (so not the best weather), but it didn’t ruin our experience at all, after all it’s Mistérios Negros! I highly recommend it!

Great trail, great views, beautiful Island.

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4 months ago

We had read reviews stating this trail level was anywhere from easy to difficult. I would rate it moderate. It was however muddy and slow going in sections. Not sure if it same during summer but definitely in winter there were many sections trying to find non muddy steps. The trail is well marked and offers a lot of diversity. The beginning is a casual stroll on a dirt road that is well maintained. There are green posts along the way marking certain spots. The green number two post at the end of the road marks the beginning of the thinner trail through nature. You pass by 3 ponds or so that are small but lovely in the first section. There is also a 20 meter off shoot to a fourth pond that is also small but quaint. We liked this section except logs being lates along the trail to step on to avoid mud. They were annoying with the tree roots everywhere, and made a casual stroll where you could look around focusing into a careful stepping foot watching experience. Still.. we really did enjoy this section. I can’t remember if it was number 3 or 4 green post but the next section is the forest section. Lots of moss and ferns. It is pretty. Just watch you head and pack since the trees are short and there are head level branches over trail. Then I believe at green post 5 it changes from a hobbit forest to more a lava rock scramble up and around a small lava hill. This was not difficult scrambling and only had to use my hands in a few sections but it is still climbing up lava rocks in a rich forest like environment. It reminded me of hiking on Kauai in Hawaii at points. When you finish the scramble you reach a flat dirt trail. This is where I propose an alternate plan to the loop! I would turn around and go back next time. See all the awesome sections in reverse to experience the trail from a different vantage point. And here is why... The rest of the loop was either a flat boring dirt trail, walking the paved road (the end), or the worst part which was a muddy forest trail along private property fence lines that just offered nothing but mud in my opinion that took way to long to get through. There you have it :) 4 stars for the first parts and less for the second “half” but if we had turned back a four star hike to me.

A great hike to get you away from the coast. It feels like you're walking through Jurassic Park. With beautiful vegetation and moss covered trees contrasting the black lava rock, you feel like you're walking through another world. Leave the sandals at home.

5 months ago

Truly amazing hike, beautiful every wher you look. Change in a scene makes it exciting. Lake view and the ocean view at the end are the final reward for the work of climbing up. We went on the sunny day, but we were cough in a 10min rain, then experienced lots of fog and then back to sunnie again like nothing happened. So, weather can change quickly, be prepared. Hiking water resistant boots are a must IMO, trail has rocks and muddy sections.

5 months ago

Did this on December 18, weather was very foggy, but that didn't spoil a thing, maybe even enhanced the experience. Forest was magical with trees and patches of ground covered with mossy carpeting. Few beautiful small ponds with their water still and reflecting all shades of green, yellow and brown vegetation. Black vulcanic rocks contrasting the green and yellow transitioned to an incredibly beautiful forest of tall trees. This trail is like a kaleidoscope of colorful gems. Hiking boots highly recommended (lots of roots, mud). No trekking polls needed. Definitely moderate difficulty in places, but most is easy. Enjoy!

Well marked, no waterfall but there are a couple ponds. Good challenging climb through the woods, over some trees and around the black volcanic rocks.

Cons: 70% is a dirt road; only a couple opportunities for a view; no trail markings; parking is difficult; trail not maintained on non-dirt road sections/severe overgrowth Pros: easy walk; tons of birds chirping

Magical trail ! ( I don’t remember seeing a waterfall ?) We did it in 3 hours with a 9 months old baby in a backpack carrier. ( we had to stop to feed him) You definitely need to be fit - as there is some climbing involved halfway - and you have to go through a very dense laurisilva forest (30 min) which is the most mystical part. Trail shoes are necessary as it is slippery. Enjoy !

Wonderful hike even though midway I would rate this as moderately difficult climbing over the lava rocks. the forest is definitely mystical and leprechauns could have certainly made this their home! It rained but we still loved the hike!!

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