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Pico Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Madalena, Azores, Portugal that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 3,497 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble No shade
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This trail ascends to the highest peak of Portugal, the Pico Grande, located on a nature reserve since 1972. A must do trail if you go to the Island. The trail can be hard to follow as there is cold lava everywhere, but there are 47 posts (way points) to keep the track. Be aware that weather changes quickly.

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jessie st
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Did this trail Jun '17. Amazing, and challenging. This trail is not for the faint of heart. Its laborious, no rails or anything...several places where you really have to watch your step. No bathrooms except for the visitors center at the bottom, pack all your food and water with you. There is a basin at the top, and another smaller summit beyond that. You reach the summit almost hand over hand, but the views from the top are unimaginable. Being 8,000 ft in the air overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is nothing short of breathtaking.

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Марина Сластён
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The trail is great. Be prepared for climbing up and down

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Tudor Cabau
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HikingFeeGreat!No shade

Despite the rain and fog we set out at 1 pm in September. It rained all the way up despite the forecast saying the weather is good. When we got to the top the clouds cleared and the rain stopped so we had some great views and we're all alone up there. The trail isn't technically difficult but does take lots of energy. That being said we did see people in sneakers who where all scratched up from sliding down, so i definitely recommend hiking boots. Unless you're worried about your physical condition I don't see why you'd need a guide like some recommended. You would probably get a lot more facts and info from a guide though.

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Tudor Cabau
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CampingFeeGreat!No shade
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Marcel Ribeiro
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damien torres
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Peter Barrow
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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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Eric Rosenthal
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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.

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Sabine Caron
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Nous avons fait l’ascension en famille ( enfants de 7 et 9 ans) en 8h en comptant le petit pico et une pause repas. Nous étions avec un super guide ! Pour nous le guide était indispensable surtout avec des enfants

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Florent Martin
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8h,... rythme tranquille mais randonnée difficile. conditions top, soleil. mais nuages bloquant la vue 360 au sommet. attention. en été, forte affluence si les jours précédents étaient pluvieux..y aller avant 6h, - 6h30. sinon le nombre limité de GPS est dépassé et vous devrez attendre ceux qui descendent. notre cas = 3h d'attente !. mais cela valait le coup.

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Fatima Cornwall
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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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Rui Marques
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Trilho extremamente técnico. Muito pontos de escalada antes de chegar ao topo da montanha. Não vimos a vista com o nevoeiro.

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Heather Oliveira
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Fantastic! Boots and poles are a must if you are older or less fit! Many people climbed in shorts and tennis shoes but I wouldn’t recommend that at all. We went very slowly because are not regular hikers and we are older than the average hiker. I drank all 2 liters of water but never ran out. The view is worth the walk!

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Carol Van Dyke
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We hiked in perfect weather which is a rarity. Did not have a guide and it was no problem. You have to sign in at the Casa Montanha and pay 20 euros per person plus carry a two way GPS system. We started early to take advantage of the sun not high enough to hit the western side which is one climbs. Took a little more than seven hours because on the way down we explored the caves at the 2nd post. With no clouds there are immense views. One of our most memorable hikes.

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Swamy Murthy
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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.

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Mario Da Silva
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Done by night with family, what a wonderful view to see the sunrise over the clouds !

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Brennen Zimmer
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One of the best hikes of my life

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Mimi Tardy
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Very nice trek! The trail is marked all the way up to the summit, you don’t need a guide.

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François Dubé
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It was one of the best hike I’ve done! Most people do it in approximately 7 hours. Bring a hat because there is no trees to cover you! You can camp at the top and please go on pequeno, it is juste amazing to see the Atlantic ocean all around you!

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Andrea Aleni
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Ting L
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Tomás Osório
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Nils-Peter Fischer
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Dena Loijos
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Emery Coxe
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