PR13 PIC Lagoa do Capitão e São Roque do Pico

MODERATE 5 reviews

PR13 PIC Lagoa do Capitão e São Roque do Pico is a 9.0 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near São Roque do Pico, Azores, Portugal that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.0 km Elevation Gain: 87 m Route Type: Point to Point


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This route begins next to the Captain's Lagoon, located in the central plateau in the interior of the Island of Pico and ends in the Cais do Pico. The first part of the trail is carried out on a broader dirt track between some pastures where there are, among other endemic species, some large Cedar-do-Mato. After about 1.5 km, you round the Cabeço do Piquinho and then you will reach a wonderful view to the north coast of the island of Pico, emphasizing the final destination of the walk - Cais do Pico. If the visibility is good you can also see the islands of São Jorge and Graciosa. You will then enter a pasture on the right and, following the wall, you will descend to a footpath completely shaded by endemic species, among them the Serra de la Sierra, Cedro-do-Mato, Folhado, Sanguinho and the Tamujo. Closer to the ground are smaller species such as cape's weed and various species of orchids. It is an almost virgin Laurissilva forest and it is extremely important not to get out of the way marked to avoid damage resulting from trampling or breaking branches in this fragile ecosystem. You will be able to have encounters with several birds of the forest, among them Estrelinha, the smallest bird of Europe, easily recognizable by the small yellow spot on the head. When you leave the endemic forest, you can rest in the snack bar "A Fonte", where there is an old drinking water tank that provided Pico dock. Continue along a wider path and, at the entrance of the Pico Wharf, you will find on your right the entrance of the Canarian cave. The course ends a little further, next to the Convent of San Pedro de Alcantara.

6 months ago

Excellent hike. This has fabulous views and really interesting old growth forest. For a good period you are following an ancient lava flow down the mountain. A couple of notes: 1. Use taxis! We parked downhill in São Roque and called a local taxi to drive us to the top. Perfect. 2. FOLLOW THE BLAZES. There is a point where you transition from a dirt trail into the forest. Look for yellow and red blazes before continuing!! 3. Prepare for rain/hail! It was a beautiful day when we left but we had to deal with heavy rain/hail twice. Very glad we packed ponchos. But honestly, fantastic hike to experience Pico.

2 months ago

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