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4 months ago

NOGUEIRA GAULA NOGUEIRA

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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.

beautiful place to go, I ran the trail very tough lots and lots of steps!

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4 months ago

Nice wide levada trail, no scary drop offs. A bit hard to follow near the reservoir with a parallel trail and jeep road.

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4 months ago

We only did the westerly half but it’s a very pretty trail in the forest, not any great views, but peaceful without any scary drop offs. Good for beginners who don’t want a mountainous levada.

One of the best hikes on the island. Some websites talk about the trail being closed, in 2018 that refers to the easterly route not the westerly route to Pico Rubio, Which was open, at least in November 2018.

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BOM SUCESSO CURRAL ROMEIROS BOM SUCESSO

Beautiful views!

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no shade
4 months ago

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scramble
4 months ago

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.

rocky
4 months ago

great but in hindsight is would have cycled instead! beautiful scenic views of the sea and nice to meander through the town. nice water fountains by the road mid way.

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rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful route and you can shorten if need be. You can drive most of those to cater to your needs. Will point out the first bit is in deep sand so be prepared. Gorgeous views. Could spend the entire day doing this walk stopping at all the different vistas. Definitely recommend!

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4 months ago

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!

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rocky
washed out
4 months ago

!!! MUST READ !!! It was a lot of fun, but please be careful and check the tide to plan trip. 70% of the day water is too high to do the walk along the shore. We got really wet and if you go at wrong time, your life is in danger. The climb in JdM is a little wet and very slippery. Medium high shoes are good for ankle support on beach rocks.

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

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.

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.

4 months ago

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.

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!

If you do only one way -11km- it's pretty easy but beautiful. Almost walking on the same level - not climbing up . Great views all the time . We had some rain shower ,fog and clouds ( January) so be prepared to get wet. Might be slippery, too. If you miss the bus in Portela it's easy to grab the taxi there ( To Funchal ,6 Euro per person :) ).

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.

5 months ago

It’s more like 6-7 miles round trip if you go to the end (past the cafe). Loved it

Gorgeous, lightly utilized, many unique features.

Did this October 2018 and enjoyed every minute. Beautiful countryside.

A fantastic walk/hike... amazing views of the valleys and the lake. i will do it again!!!

Did this hike with my girls 2016. Amazing, you know the feeling inside... harmony, happiness, exitement.... don't miss it!! I will do the hike again in april -19.

I did the trail with my girls 2016, we loved the view. Planning to bring my sister and parents in april -19

Amazing views and and scenery, one of the best hikes I’ve done...worth it, just amazing..!

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