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Sarah SimonSteamy jungle hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2016

Sarah Simon

What fun! We did the hike from the traditional trailhead. Neat how the trail takes you from open grassy slopes with distant views into a dense cloud forest. "Climbing" steep clay and rutted mud is certainly a unique experience.we hiked down into the crater but didn't brave the cold water for a swim.
Posted Dec 16, 2016 9:10 am

jakegarbervolcano swim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2016
Muggy hike on rutted trail up through the rainforest to the top for a great view of the lake inside and Arenal Volcano in the distance. Some friendly Coati's were hanging around hoping for some scraps of food. We decided to hike around to the other rim and then down to the lake inside the mouth of the volcano to take a dip. The water was a unique blue color and VERY cold but felt great after a long hot hike!
Posted May 9, 2016 6:28 pm

TasaioNice Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 15, 2014


This was our first hike after arriving is Costa Rica. We were staying at the Arenal Observatory Lodge (recommendable). We hiked up Chero Chato and back down to the lodge in four hours. Not really difficult but quite muddy walk. We did not descent to the Laguna. We found the hike to be very enjoyable and close to nature.
Posted Jan 25, 2016 5:12 am

slychels04Very steep climb in the mud!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2014


My husband and I climbed from the Green Falls Lagoon Lodge at the base of the mountain. They charge $10 per person unless you are staying at the lodge. From this location it is 4 miles round trip on an out and back trail. The climb to the top wears you out and takes about 2 hours. The hike down hurts even healthy knees and takes about an hour. There is a lot of mud on this trail! To get down to the lagoon was the muddiest section of the trail but it was a lot of fun. There is even a rope for a bit of rappelling. I didn't need insect repellent at all for this trail.
Posted Feb 12, 2014 7:24 am

PeakbugCerro Chato #11  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2013


Great uphill in the humidity. Fun views of Arenal and the lagoon from the top.
Posted Jul 7, 2013 5:56 pm

rkymtnFrom the Observatory Lodge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2013


My wife and I made quick work of this hike on a great day. The skies were clear and the trail was dry. It was clear that this trail could be a nasty mess in wet conditions. We hiked around once at the top and had great views of Volcan Arenal. This was a great way to stretch our legs and start our vacation.
Posted Feb 17, 2013 12:21 pm

chilkootWet and muddy...as you might expect  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2012


Easy and pleasant road walking at the start, followed by a severely eroded trail up the volcano. Amazing rainforest flora and fauna. Bring raingear, even in the dry season. I also packed an ultralight umbrella and used it much of the time. The weather can change from dry to torrential downpour in a matter of minutes and it is possible to get chilly if the rain is wind driven. Your feet will be muddy. I wore old trail-runners, which were great, but it was slick coming down. Would have liked to have my poles with me. My southern most summit to date!
Posted Mar 21, 2012 9:45 pm

DWaggonerWear good bug repellent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2010


Awesome hike through the rain forest. Saw several species of birds. It's wet and muddy as you descend but watch out for those bugs. You won't know they are eating you!
Posted Mar 17, 2010 7:16 pm

Tom WaggonerNormal Route  Sucess!

Tom Waggoner

I wore shorts and the jungle bugs ate me alive!
Posted Mar 17, 2010 2:39 pm

RazorRenRoughed it out  Sucess!


I sprained my ankle whilst in the Arenal National Park one evening. However, that did not stop me from climbing Cerro Chato to the top all on my own the next morning! It started to rain when I reached the top and the clouds were so thick I couldn't see the lagoon. You also need to be careful of deep mud in places at the top.
Posted Mar 13, 2010 6:32 pm

jboldt1971Wet! Wet! Wet!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2009


This is a great hike if you're in the La Fortuna area. How often do you get to hike through jungle. We were there in the "dry" season but it still rained and misted like crazy. Trying to stay dry is pointless so just embrace the wet and have fun. Amazing plants and wildlife. Hopefully you'll get to see Volcan Arenal (we didn't) but even if you don't it's still an amazing hike. Make sure and cool off with a swim in the lake at the top.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 1:00 am

Luciano136Regular trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2008


Great hike! You don't necessarily get better views of nearby Volcan Arenal but a hike through the jungle is a great experience. Keep an eye out for the white face monkeys!
Posted Dec 25, 2008 6:51 pm

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