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PR1 MTG - Inferno Well

· 1 review · Hiking trail · Manteigas · open
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    Photo: João Ruano, Município de Manteigas
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    Photo: João Ruano, Município de Manteigas
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    Photo: Manuel Franco, Responsible Trails
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    Photo: Manuel Franco, Responsible Trails
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    Photo: Manuel Franco, Responsible Trails
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This is a small round loop in the heart of the natural park of Serra da Estrela.
open
moderate
2.8 km
1:10 h
126 m
108 m

By going through the Inferno Well Route we can see a dualism of landscape, humanized and natural, marked by different kinds of vegetation, with hardwoods and softwoods forests, where the senses arouse different emotions along the trail.

Due to the higher schistose peaks, formed by corneal rocks (phenomenon that occurs when the plastic and hot magma rises through pre-existents rocks), predominate steeps landscapes, where water lines emerge like the Poço do Inferno (Inferno Well) cascade. This natural waterfall is about 10 meters high and sometimes turns into ice during the more stringent winter.

It’s a geological monument with an extreme beauty and one of the most interesting points of this route, being one of the ex-libris of Manteigas and Serra da Estrela (Star Mountain).

Regarding the landscape, the hiker can admire the view over the Vale do Rio Zêzere (River Zêzere Valley) and the Vale da Ribeira de Leandres (Leandres Stream Valley). The humanized landscape is dominated by “socalcos” (terraced land) and some “cortes” – support buildings for agriculture activities.

A broad range of species can be found, like the daffodil, the birch, the holm oak and the rowan, all of them with high ecological value. The yew, also present, is extremely rare and it can only be found in Manteigas and Serra da Peneda-Gerês. Besides these specimens, in this trail also dominate the bastard-Maple, the beech, the Oregon pine and the fir.

The diversity of the existent fauna derives from the forest areas and the existing water lines. The characteristics species of this area are the wild rabbit, the fox, the bush lizard and the Lusitanian salamander. In what birds concerns the kestrel and kingfisher are present.

 

Find more about this route on the oficial website.

Author’s recommendation

Responsible Trails Criteria:

(last audit by RT at 12 of June 2020)

 

Direcional signing - 4- it has all the needed marks and signs to navigate without support

Path conditions - 4- In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations.

General conservation (enviroment) - 5- Surrounding environment perfectly preserved.

Head boards and aditional signs - 3 - Reasonably maintained and with interest

Other boards informations - 1 - Nonexistent or without minimum quality

Safety structures - 3 - Reasonably maintained

Interaction with local comunitiy - 1- Does not allow any interaction / contact with the community

Landscape integration - 5 - Perfectly integrated into the landscape, exploring relevant points of interest

General Safety - 4 - Has occasional low-risk situations

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Responsible Trails Portugal
Updated: June 24, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1174 m
Lowest point
1066 m
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Safety information

This route develops mainly on small path and present some erosion. Be carefull on the steep slopes.

Tips, hints and links

Find more about this route on the oficial website.

Start

On the parking lot of the Inferno Well (Poço do Inferno). (1083 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.373543, -7.517755
DMS
40°22'24.8"N 7°31'03.9"W
UTM
29T 625834 4470272
w3w 
///starch.forefront.tolerated

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Coordinates

DD
40.373543, -7.517755
DMS
40°22'24.8"N 7°31'03.9"W
UTM
29T 625834 4470272
w3w 
///starch.forefront.tolerated
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Status
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
2.8 km
Duration
1:10h
Ascent
126 m
Descent
108 m
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