Lake Cerro Chato Trail

HARD 17 reviews

Lake Cerro Chato Trail is a 6.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
659 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

hiking
7 days ago

Didn’t make it all the way. Torrential rain at the second barb wire caused us to turn back. Hiking boots and rain gear essential ( which we didn’t have). Do not recommend if rain in the forecast as trail becomes extremely slippery in that many parts of the trail are covered in small streams making transversing the barb wires downright dangerous. We’d try again with the right equipment. Overall great views. The government putting up the barb wires to discourage hikers is somewhat an oxymoron You’d think there would be more economic benefit by encouraging hikers vs discouraging.

hiking
7 days ago

lots of fun!! there wasn't a good view when we went cause of the rain and fog.. but pretty epic day! there are 3 barbwire fences that you have to walk around while going up.. and when you get to the top.. theres a view to the right.. then follow the trail to the left to get down to the lake. we ran half of it.. so the whole hike to the lake and back took 1hr 45min

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes

hiking
5 months ago

awesome hike. challenging but beautiful. hiked on an overcast day but still offered beautiful views. trail can be muddy and slippery and at times requires use of your hands especially down to the lake at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

great hike!! very tough and steep on the way up, took about 2 hours at a fast pace. at the top we took a ridiculous steep downhill path to get to the lake ( there may be an easier way ), very muddy but the lake is worth it! make sure to go on a clear day, we wemt on cloudy day, couldnt see much.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely stunning. We left from the park visitor center side and had the entire trail practically to ourselves. We were in good physical shape, but relatively new to long, strenuous hikes. This is one of them, but the refreshing (and cold) dip at the end makes it worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

The full hike up to volcano lake is steep but worth it for the views, swim, and accomplishment. This trail is closed off and most local hiking guides will not be permitted to take you to the top of this trail per recent government regulations. The complete hike took us 6 hours total with a break to swim in the lake and visit the waterfall. The trail gets steep going up and coming down. We circled around part of the volcano top to climb up a wall and then scramble down the other side to reach a farm that lead to views from an observation deck at a resort. Waterproof hiking boots, rain gear, food and plenty of water are recommended. Also this hike is not recommended for novice hikers.

10 months ago

We hiked from the waterfall side. First mile was a gradual assent. Then the scramble begins. Good boots made the hike as did poles. We hiked down into the caldera, more of a climb. Loved the hike

11 months ago

Amazing strenuous hike well worth the views of Arenal (on a clear day) and the green lagoon!

hiking
11 months ago

This climb is a must-do if visiting Costa Rica. You have to pay a small fee to hike up, but totally worth it. Bring lots of water, the trail is steep and humid in the rainforest. Don't miss swimming in the crater at the top before hiking back down. It is secluded and eerily beautiful.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

We arrived at the trailhead - met someone walking by that stopped and asked for our ticket. In Spanish we were directed to the adjacent hotel. The front desk indicated there is a $12 USD per person to hike the trail the nearby trail. The adjacent waterfall is $14 per person plus $12 for this out and back. They will take USD, Colones, or credit card.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

One of my favorite all time hikes! It was definitely tough, I had to stop multiple times on our climb up to rest and catch my breath...but definitely worth it. I also enjoyed the fact that we didn't see many people on the trail.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hike up from Green Lagoon Wellbeing Resort. My husband and I did this last April. It was an amazing experience and well worth the effort. I will say it is NOT moderate in our opinion. It gets VERY steep, but we took our time. Not for the faint hearted.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Starts off easy but gets steeper further in. It can be pretty tricky to get down into the lake in the crater especially if it's muddy but it's well worth it for the swim. This was a moderately challenging hike that took about 6 hours return to complete including an hour stop for a swim. There was a parking lot and helpful guide working at the bottom to give us some insight and map.

hiking
2 months ago

9 months ago

Monday, November 21, 2016