ElevationAscent: 1,452' 443 m
Descent: -1,461' -445 m
High: 8,560' 2,609 m
Low: 7,405' 2,257 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
“An incredible run at cloud forest altitude through towering trees, with over a hundred possible bird species sightings.”— Bren B
Use boots that can get really muddy or use a Costa Rican running hack - use knee-high soccer socks with $12 rubber boots you can get at any local hardware store.
As you start to descend the ridge on east side of the loop, you'll soon come to a spectacular open view of the valley, at about 1.8 miles in (halfway). Take a break and enjoy the view.
During the descent, you'll pass under several trees that bridge the trail above you. At about 3 miles, you'll arrive at a brook that splits in two directions. The sign labeled "Los Robles Salida" will actually take you along another trail called "La Quebrada Trail," but if you want to exit to the road following the loop described here, go to the right (west). You'll come out on the road and run a few hundred meters back to the trailhead. You can also descend to the hotel or try some of the other trails. La Quebrada and Canto de las Aves are both marked as parts of this route separately on the map.
One mile up on the steep drive ascending to the trailhead (which can also be done from the base at the Hotel Savegre), there is a beautiful deck overlook from which you can see the whole valley. It is quite a majestic view. Listen for the sing-songy flute-like calls of the Black-faced Solitaire on the trail and from the deck as the cloud forest envelopes the valley.
Keep an eye out for the camouflaged cameras and scent stations that are part of a conservation research project—do not touch them!
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