PR29 SMI Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande to Salto do Cabrito

EASY 8 reviews

PR29 SMI Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande to Salto do Cabrito is a 7.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near the city of Agua d'Alto, Portugal that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
286 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

This trail begins next to the Pico Vermelho Geothermal Power Station, passes the Salto do Cabrito Hydroelectric Power Station and ends at the Ribeira Grande Caldeiras (hot springs). The trail starts just by the “Lagoa do Fogo” restaurant. A little further on, take a left turn along a dirt path, which goes past a wood of Victorian box, acacia, Japanese red cedar and eucalyptus trees. You can see the Ribeira Grande valley to your right from various points along this path. After walking for approximately 1 kilometre, you will come to the Salto do Cabrito Hydroelectric Power Station; here you can turn off the main path and near the stream you can see the impressive waterfall which gives its name to the power station. Return to the main path, climb the steps there, and cross the walkway above the water pipes until you reach the Fajã do Redondo Hydroelectric Power Station, which is no longer in operation. Continue along the trail until you reach a dirt road, where you should turn right, and then continue ahead for about 500 metres. At the end you will come to an asphalt road where, if you turn left, you will come to the Ribeira Grande Caldeiras, where the trail ends. There are a number of hot springs in this area, and you can enjoy typical dishes at the traditional restaurant there.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hiking trail that has a combination of dirt trails, paved roads, and metal platforms over cliffs and vegetation.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this trail in May ‘18- it was nice and easy as far as terrain goes. Most of it is in a road with a few steep inclines/declines.

hiking
6 months ago

We actually went with a guide to this waterfall. Very steep dirt road to get to it. Sadly there is some kind of electrical building right at the base of the waterfall that makes significant noise, so the ambience is ruined by it. However the waterfall is pretty and there's a small area for swimming. Just doesn't feel as remote and rural as you'd hope.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Thursday, August 10, 2017