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PRC35 SMI Moinhos da Ribeira Funda

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Maia, Azores, Portugal

PRC35 SMI Moinhos da Ribeira Funda is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Maia, Azores, Portugal that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 616 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This small circular route starts and ends at Ribeira Funda (Fenais da Ajuda), next to the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Aflição. The main points of interest of this route are the remains of a cluster of water mills, several waterfalls in the terminal part of the Ribeira Funda and wide panoramic views of the west and east coast of the island of S. Miguel. The route is initially made by asphalt (150m) and after about 500 meters you should turn left onto a pasture. The passage through this pasture should be made as close to the cane field on the left side. Visitors are advised to take care and respect for the animals that may be in the area. When you reach a fork you should take the path to the left and descend towards the river, where you will round the ruins of an old one taken along the left side. Here you will find the first water mills. After this detour, you should go up and take the path on the left. The trail continues along the right bank of the Ribeira Funda until you reach the bed of the river where you should cross to the other shore where you can see another cluster of water mills. Here is a detour that will connect to the PR27 SMI Praia da Viola. When returning to the right bank of the river, the trail continues towards the mouth, by the call "Rock of the Father of the North", It is necessary to take special care in this part of the route, especially the people who suffer from vertigo. Upon reaching the top of the rock, the trail continues along a beaten path that will take you to the starting point.

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

A cool hidden track, a bit dangerous if rains the day before and for people with heights fear, but amaizing views and a nice place for birdseeíng

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
over grown
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Belle rando si seulement c’était accessible facilement et bien entretenu

hiking
muddy
rocky
Wed May 08 2019

Make sure to do the full loop, the water merge into the ocean, beautiful view! Would rate moderate for those who are afraid of heights. Muddy and slippery after a rainfall.

hiking
Thu Jul 04 2019

hiking
Sat Sep 22 2018