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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 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
2 months ago

I wouldn’t call this a hike. I was under the impression that it was a nicely trailed pathway as seen in the popular boco do inferno photo. It is an old dirt road trail that takes you around Sete Cidades. Some great view points of the lakes but it is a long 20km trek on a dirt road. Would recommend spending time walking around Boco do inferno viewpoint.

The walk along the coast is splendid. Crazy, crashing waves and scary, jagged cliffs. Can be heavy going on the deep sand paths.

This section of the fisherman’s/inland hike is pretty unremarkable. There are NO great views until you actually hit the coast. It’s solitary, open terrain walking. Claims of forest are untrue, the best you see are commercially farmed trees.

As noted before...hike up to Moor’s castle is really a cobblestone road walk. Ditto for walk to ‘Palace’. Horrible signage makes it easy to miss delightful wooded walk back down.

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 !

walking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail in fair weather today. A few notes:
1. I was not very impressed with the available photos but the trail IS really beautiful. Make sure to approach the trailhead from south of the island and you will get a cool view at the cliffs.
3. In dry weather you MUST hike the loop. The formerly abandoned village and the brick road connecting it with the town are amazing!
2. That being sad, I would advice against hiking the loop in rainy weather as it has a lot of steep sections with inclined brick ground that I imagine to be crazy slippery when wet.
4. Based on Alltrails rating (which is a bit silly) I would rate the trail as moderate instead of easy because of the constant elevation change.
4. The trail was definitely worth the more than an hour approach. We were located in Ponta Delagada.

hiking
2 months ago

There are a lot of trails around here so you can mix and match to get a number of different views of this beautiful volcanic lake. I spent some time on the ridgeline above the lake, and then took the wooden stairs down to the lake itself and did part of the loop around it before turning back due to time. The only tough part can be the stairs down, as there are quite a few of them.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike around the rim of the Caldeira do Faial. There are great views overlooking the rest of the island and into the caldeira itself. It is relatively easy as there isn't too much in the way of elevation gain.

Beautifull views !

This is an easy hike. There is virtually no elevation change as you wander across wide open, wind swept, treeless landscape and abandoned farms. The views are lovely, but are few, and usually require a detour to the actual coast from the unpaved roads and paths.

2 months ago

Great trail. At sunrise, I spent the first two hours totally alone without seeing anybody. The view is fantastic. The drawback of this trail is the last stretch (at least 3 km) that you spend on the road in between the guardrail and cars passing by.

comecei desde da senhora da rocha (armação de pêra) até a praia de carvoeiro demorei sensivelmente 3horas andar apesar do calor intenso que fez neste dia a brisa do mar e a vista da costa algarvia e da natureza é uma coisa fenomenal.
Aconselho que façam está trilha!!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk with stunning view in every direction.

Walking is mostly on the road but landscape is interesting. There are windmill and natural pool on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Weather was unstable when I was there therefore I had to cut my hike shorter (there are trails unmarked on this map). Please note that walking on the ridge can be hazardous when wet and rainy and it is advised to have long trousers or a machete. Otherwise it is mind-blowingly beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

You can extend this trail to use a different ascend/descend routes. There are some trails that not marked on this map. Please note that walking on the ridge can be hazardous when wet and rainy and it is advised to have long trousers or a machete. Otherwise it is mind-blowingly beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Everybody tries to park next to the road but actually there is a huge parking lot at the toilet sign, about 200 m from the road if you drive through the gate.
You can also drive to the view point so it meas it is walking on roads not exactly a walking trail.

It is a popular and therefore a bit crowded walk. Weather in the Azores is very erratic and unfortunately it was rainy and foggy when I was there. Keep it in mind that when wet, trail is very slippery.

You walk on the same road that you drive to the trail. As a matter of fact it is not a trail but a road walk all way long. Easy, flat walk but I think other places are more beautiful on the island and deserve to have more time than this walk.

Very nice walk and incredible views! Be careful to walk during low tide from Paul do Mar to Jardim do Mar. At high tide it could be impossible to walk on some parts of the rocky beach! Climb at Jardim do Mar is a heavy one, but very beautiful next to banana/mango plants.

Have to buy a ticket for the moors castle 8 eur, ticket includes a map of the trail/walk. Very green/lush and lovely city panoramas.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and easy walk. Before end and before the waterfall head up to steep stairs on the righthand side to make your turn for the way back.

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!!

Going to give this a 4 Star because it isn’t really a hike, but want to rate it high enough that you do it- the view is awesome

hiking
3 months ago

Splendid and refreshing waterfall

hiking
3 months ago

Don’t just do the 1.5 mile trail - do the loop around the entire lake! Not bad. You have some Rocky sections and have to take your shoes off and wade on nice sandy bottoms, but it makes it a real hike

hiking
3 months ago

Grandma friendly and pretty. Park at the lake and add the gardens.

Nothing but cow pasture or busy rode if you start your hike in town

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with the electric green erica azorica covering the landscape below 1700 meters and plenty of wildflowers. Can easily be done in 7 hours and no need for a guide (though I went with a group for other reasons). Will cost you 20 euros to enter. They now mandate use of gps tracker (small and light). Don’t lose it as it will cost 250 euros (can purchase insurance for 25 euros more). Good bathrooms and small bar at trailhead in the Mountain House.

Trail is not hard to follow especially with this App which you will need if there is fog/clouds. Don’t go if it is raining. Will be very, very slippery.

At top the views are fantastic, but plenty of good views along the way.

Only wildlife you will see are birds.

At times, lots of people and some bottlenecks.

Overall a must do hike, but you need some hiking experience, should be in reasonable shape, and proper hiking shoes are a must.

3 months ago

Comparing to other trails in the island, this one is decent. At least there are only a few cars. If you want the best view - take a trip to one of the tops, it's not included in this hike which is disappointing.

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