Mal Pais Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 310' 94 m
Descent: -306' -93 m
High: 6,972' 2,125 m
Low: 6,736' 2,053 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A loop trail through a volcanic area.”— Morris Zemlicka
Parking is available on the south side of the road at the shrine. Hike along the north side of the road for 0.6 miles, just past Restaurant Campestre Aleman, and cross the road when you see a dirt road going up a slight hill. Follow the road passing through hills and farmland. The trail begins as a doubletrack and gradually becomes a not well-defined path with many side paths, through trees and brush with numerous orchids and bromeliads blooming at the end of the rainy season.
The trail passes through an area of volcanic rocks with views of rock formations and two volcanic domes to the south, then gradually becomes a grass-covered doubletrack. The trail continues along a rock wall with some interesting structures. It then passes a rock quarry and finally heads left down to the parking area.
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