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Nice trail, but it don't go to the waterfall, as we thought.

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off trail
rocky
18 days ago

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muddy
1 month ago

As another review suggested, the last (if you're going counter-clockwise) mile along the ridge is more challenging that it looks - very narrow and slippery when wet and given climate, I suspect it's wet a lot. Very stunning scenery, even in the mist. There are several places where the trail is hard to follow, both in the flat section moving away from the lake, and on the ridge. See my recording for a specific waypoint that was dicey (sorry, I'm a noob and still working on adding it to the main map). Do keep your phone charged and keep the map on if you can. Felt much longer than 4 miles, but I'd love to do it again.

Nice path, with beautiful views, a beautiful diversity of landscapes. The first two kilometers on the ridge are difficult to pass and quite sporty ... From the second portion in the fir forest, follow the path marked by wooden poles. There the way is much easier and pleasant.

Much like all others, this was an excellent hike. I found the loose gravel to be a bit more challenging then I'm used too, but it was manageable if you stay on the lava flows. Yeah...lava flows! :-) Poles were definitely a help as was good footwear. As we went up, we started in the clouds and ended up in full sun so sunblock even when you can't see the stop was critical. We did go for the absolute peak and even though you're tired and beat, it seems higher than it is. Go for the peak. That's where you'll feel the heat of the volcano, see the gases coming out. Just amazing. And the views are even better with just that few hundred feet more. I used poles to that peak as well, but hand over hand works too. Lastly the GPS you get at the base was a nice peace of mind. They can watch how you're doing and call you if you start to wander, but you can also call them if you have trouble. And you don't want to know how much the cost is for them to go get you if you don't register at the base. Lastly I'm not much of a hiker. I don't work out, but I do trail walk with my dogs a bit. I did this...you can do this. Don't pass up on one of the most amazing experiences in the Azores...even if it's cloudy

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scramble
washed out
1 month ago

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scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Hiking without much interest. 1st and last mile nice because the view lagoa but between the two useless, no nice view, sometimes slippery roads. Other times you have to walk along the road which is rather dangerous.

This was a fantastic trail with beautiful views and very varied landscape. Nice and shaded for hot weather in the most part. Highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike up Pico. Clouds on and off, enough to keep the beating sun from draining energy. Actually thankfull for that. Cleared often enough to have clear views of Horta and Lajes. Reason enough to visit Pico. Went with guide; 7.5 hours up and down with a good group. Great memory. Up there with Inca Trail.

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1 month ago

Walked this trail 2 weeks ago. Like last poster, also missed the return to trail and ended downhill on paved road with the cows. Extra 4 km to get back to the parking. Was 30C and not a cloud; felt draining. But good day nonetheless.

You can only do this as shown here, as a one-way trip downhill, if you have transportation arranged. I did the top 1 mile as an out and back, starting off the roadway which is the Path of the Ponds (PR 19 PIC) "trail" and turning back at the start of a steep descent. From the official sign, this begins on a gated dirt road and then veers off onto a true trail. The landscape is fantastic. The trail markings on this route are the best I experienced on any Official Azorean Walking Trail.

When pricing the cost of a guide for this hike, remember that without the guide you will still have to pay 20 euros for the GPS tracker, and you may have a long wait before you can start. You can probably do this without a guide in good weather, but if the clouds roll in and you lose visibility of the trail posts, it might be a problem. We had clear skies at the top, but clouds below, so no awesome views of the Atlantic. It was a great hike, though. Scenery is spectacular all around. The next day I was wishing I had gone that morning because I could see from Sao Roque that the mountain was completely clear. But within 2 hours it was gone in the clouds again. It changes fast. Challenging hike. Very steep and if you are not used to hiking at higher elevations, you will get winded near the top. Coming down can be tricky if it is wet, and would have been really hard without poles. Many of the people in my group had minor falls (which they survived uninjured). Getting to the top of Pequeno Pico involves a bit of not insignificant scrambling. Driving to the Mountain House is not without thrills as well. Be warned that you may well encounter big white cows in the middle of the often foggy road.

Can’t see anything when it’s foggy. Check Sete Cidades weather on live webcams...

hiking
2 months ago

As others have said, there are various loops that can done here, but I kept it simple when I arrived because it was completely fogged in and raining off and on. I went up on the ridge for a bit, then down to the lake on the main trail with the steps. Pretty muddy, but if you are careful you won't slip. Lots of people and tour buses up on the road looking down at the lake on the one side, and the ocean on the other. A subset of these folks are on the trails, but it's not crazy crowded. It is very, very beautiful when the clouds clear. If you are patient, they will clear eventually, so don't give up too quick.

Even though it was pretty raining at the starting point (near lagoa comprida) we tried the trail today as we already did all the others. The beginning was really uncomfortable (cold, extremely windy, wet, road very muddy - proper shoes and raincoats highly recommended as the weather was like that all the 5 days we spent on the island). However the route was very easy to find (very well marked) and we were rewarded with probably the most amazing view when starting to go down (be very careful, the stones and the grass in between was extremely slippery - hiking sticks highly recommended). The way down is rather exhausting, however the scenery is marvellous and we really recommend to go it this way round. Summary: very muddy and exhausting route, however extremely nice views - highly recommandable, with proper equipment no problem

Lovely trail, especially the way down. Nice and colourful. Starts pretty steep but i'd say it's easy/moderate. The way up to Lagoinha is muddy and a bit harder. Would recommend doing this. Be aware, we missed a sign and ended up walking 4km more.. Had to go al the way back, haha. Have fun!

on Lagoa do Fogo

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muddy
2 months ago

Very beautiful, but in between challenging as well. Enchanted forests, red cedar forests, scrambling over lava rocks. Very unusual for the Azores is that in between (ie halfway, if you tend to make break) there is no real picnic option (bank or similar). But that's just a small thing and technically a bit difficult to implement.

Super hike, started at the vista do rei the track is not difficult. a well-deserved break is possible at half once arrived at Sete cidades. Be careful though the roadside part, people sometimes drive very fast. the end of the track also has a very important elevation a little slippery so be careful during wet days.

hiking
2 months ago

it is not a bike path, as indicated in the description (in French). beautiful 360 ° walk around the caldera and with ocean and Mount Pico in continuous view. to do in good weather. obviously !!

It took us 2,5 hours. Lovely trail w u th great views (probably, we couldnt see because of the fog/rain). Perfect for a rainy day though! Bring some good shoes which may get dirty and maybe a raincoat.

hiking
2 months ago

We climbed with the family (7 and 9 years old) in 8h including the pico and a meal break. We were with a great guide! For us the guide was essential especially with children

This is not a difficult hike but it leads to one of the most beautiful turnouts I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Stunning. You cannot miss this.

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muddy
2 months ago

8h, ... quiet pace but difficult hike. top conditions, sun. but clouds blocking 360 view at the top. Warning. in summer, busy if the previous days were rainy..y go before 6am, - 6:30. otherwise the limited number of GPS is exceeded and you will have to wait for those going down. our case = 3h waiting! but it was worth it.

We took a guide and we all very thankful for that. We had a group whose ages ranged from 10 to 66 and all were able to complete it (all the way to Piquinho). Take good hiking boots! Plan for constant changes in the weather.

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