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hiking
Fri Feb 15 2019

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.

hiking
scramble
Tue Jan 29 2019

I would recommend this trail to anyone. There’s many different paths and lookouts. Trekking poles will be helpful. The flowers and forests are beautiful. If it’s a sunny day bring your sunscreen. The views and photo opportunities are amazing.

hiking
Sat Jan 26 2019

Trail was easy to moderate. We had somewhat dry trail, just a couple patches of light mud. The lookouts and views of the northern coast were breathtaking. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. Recommend when visiting Terceira! This is must!

Thu Jan 24 2019

Beautiful views of the northern shore. Parking is a challenge.

Mon Jan 21 2019

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.

Mon Jan 21 2019

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.

Sat Jan 19 2019

I think this hike can be devided on three distinct types of experience. First part is more like walking in the park with beautiful views of the Angra and ocean. In the middle it becomes more like real hiking when circling around the calderia that offers beautiful views of the ocean (different angle) and calderia. The last part IMO not so interesting at all.

Sat Jan 19 2019

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!

hiking
Wed Jan 16 2019

The trail was awesome. Very well marked. The bus dropped us at the trail head then we had a coffee at the mini market and headed out. Steep but not a problem. Well taken care of. Steps in good shape.

hiking
Wed Dec 19 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Dec 19 2018

Not sure where exactly we started the hike, but it ended up being about 7 miles and ended at the Parish of Sete Cidades. Another absolutely phenominal hike. The views of Lagoa Azul are amazing. Lots of hydraingas, cows, etc. Tip: Stop for a cold beer and/or ice cream in the town; need to stage a car or take a cab from the Parish. Sunscreen, hat, plenty of water recommended - no shade.

hiking
Wed Dec 19 2018

Did this hike back in July of this year. Epic is all I can say. The views of the Caldeira on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side are out of this world. I highly recommend this hike. Tips: a hat, water, & sun screen when it's sunny. It's an expose trail - no shade.

horseback riding
Mon Dec 10 2018

Loved it

hiking
Sat Dec 08 2018

Parking is very difficult to find and is not at the start of the trail. The trail itself is not difficult but I would not recommend it to anyone who suffers with knee problems.

hiking
Tue Nov 27 2018

One of the best hikes you can find on the São Miguel Island! Beautiful views over Sete Cidades and its lake.

walking
Sun Nov 18 2018

We enjoyed the walk nice and easy lots of photo opportunities on the way around

hiking
Wed Nov 14 2018

A pleasant walk in November with only 1 small car on the back of the lake. The high view point is reached only by a narrow vehicle road. Easy bus rise to Furnas from Ponta Delgada.

Fri Nov 02 2018

great all around. make sure to do the loop and pet the cats guarding the water

Tue Oct 30 2018

the first section up until the big waterfall is 5 stars. very unique and a great experience. the latter part is on a road and not as good. average is 4.

Tue Oct 30 2018

great trail and city walk. perfect to see the coast

Thu Oct 18 2018

Great trail! Lots of scenery, pretty moderate, great birdwatching. I was very glad with the circuit we took. Start the walk towards the west and make your loop so you end along the coast/volcanic rock. Once the hike is completed there is a wonderful natural pool to swim in :)

hiking
Wed Oct 10 2018

Fantastic views and all!! BUT I wouldn't call the part of the trial that you descend and ascend out of the crater easy. That part was not easy at all.

Tue Oct 09 2018

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

walking
Tue Oct 09 2018

It made for a nice pre dinner walking trail, it’s flat and easy and you can go just as far as you want, I would suggest walking up to the windmill.

walking
Sun Oct 07 2018

Go early for best chance to beat the clouds. Incredible view

hiking
Wed Oct 03 2018

Great views with most terrains. Cliffs, seaside, flowers.

hiking
Mon Oct 01 2018

Amazing views! Was not a huge fan of the fact that a good distance of the trail was on or next to the road, but had to give 5 stars because of the views the entire way. Simply stunning. We stopped at the cafe for a good hour and enjoyed ourselves and then extended the trail through the town past the church and on the road back up to meet with the original trail. The ending of my recording probably looks crazy—I left it on when we explored the abandoned hotel. FYI—The hotel has been purchased and I think they are going to try to reopen(seems like maybe a waste)? Anyhow, if you want to explore there will most likely be workers there until the afternoon on weekdays. We weren’t able to check it out before we started the hike(I was worried we weren’t going to be able to at all) but they were gone by the time we finished around 3:30.

hiking
Sun Sep 30 2018

Actually did not realize we were off trail until it was too late. I don’t really suggest our path, it was adventurous and fun but not necessarily the safest. I’m pretty sure all of the trails are most likely muddy and wet since we took the appropriate way back, so I suggest wearing some hiking/trail running shoes that are waterproof with some good lugs.

walking
Fri Sep 28 2018

I hiked this trail in perfect weather conditions today. Since there is almost no information available here I will give a rather detailed review: 1. Despite all remarks below the trail is very beautiful and probably one of the coolest on the Azores. I do recommend it! 1. I went FROM Fajã Grande to Ponta Delgada northbound and I would certainly recommend that direction. Benefits: you start off with the big climb and its easy hiking from there (otherwise you will need a lot of leg strength coming down that mountain at the end of your hike); if you start in the morning you hike in the shade; if it is raining this part will be horribly slippery and you dont want to do it downhill 2. Once you reach the plateau its basically all cattle ground (cows!) and sometimes the trail will be pretty rough and all carved out from the cows hoofs. 3. Because of tht and the the up- or downhill (depending on the direction) I would not hike the trail in rainy conditions. Parts of it will be insanely slippery, its just no fun and you get literally no views. 4. Yesterday we had a couple of strong rain showers. Today just sun. All the creeks I had to cross were small. You can easily jump from one rock to the other. No problem for kids even. 5. If you have the chance to get picked up by car I recommend to end your hike at the light house. From there until Ponta Delgada its just road walking. 6. My rating for this trail is moderate rather than difficult. There is no difficulties except for the elevation gain.

hiking
Wed Sep 26 2018

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 !

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