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Cerro Gaital Lookout Loop

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The Basics

Type of trail: Loop
Round-trip Distance: 1.9 km (1.1 miles)
Round-trip Duration: 2-2:30 hours
Elevation Gain: 160 m (525 ft.)
Max height: 1135 m (3,723 ft.)
Attractions: cloud forest, view, plants and animals
Activities: hiking, birding
Use: Low
Rating: MODERATE
Activity combines some easy stretches with others that require more physical effort. It applies to long walks on uneven ground (river crossings , dense vegetation , large rocks very slippery floor) , or short walks on trails with steep slope.

Moderado

The Trailhead

From Main Street in El Valle head towards the Zip Line at the Chorro del Macho. Keep going along that street/dirt road until you reach the Toledano chicken coop farms. After passing the farms called "Gaitales and Mandarin" you will come to a “Y” in the road, turn right. After you reach a “T” in the road, take a right and you will see little empty ranger station. Park any place and you will see the trailhead. From the Chorro del Macho it is aprox. a 15 minute drive or 3.1 miles ( 5k ) to the ranger station.

The Trail

Arriving at the abandoned station you can see a trail map painted on the wall showing the loop. The trail is very well treaded and on halfwaythrough loop be sure not to pass the sign pointing to the narrow path leading to the lookout. The lookout is on a corner allowing you to see both sides of the mountain on clear days. The lookouts demonstrate a lack of maintenance so climb at your own risk. Going back down to the start beware of slippery and don’t trust the railings.

Expert Tip: The trail continues on through the area where the lookouts are but the difficulty level changes to HARD. We strongly recommend not following the trail without a guide because it can be very dangerous if you do not know way or have experience on that trail.

This section of trail is called the Gaital Summit Trail.

Seasonal Elements:
Dry Season - Wind in the top
Rainy Season - slippery and foggy at top



 

Facilities

Latrine at the beginning, benches to rest on travel , roofed picnic table , viewpoints

Additional Information:
http://www.elvalle.com.pa/atracciones/monumento-nacional-cerro-gaital/

The Tips

Trail is well worn on so you do not need a guide, but if you want to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area a guide can be very helpful.

Be prepared to pay, but don’t be surprised if there is no one at the trailhead to collect.

What to Bring:

  • Enough Water
  • Enough Food
  • Shoes with good soles or Hiking boots (do not wear flip-flops)
  • Rain jacket (rainy season)
  • Repellent (optional)
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Head lamp

The Hours, Fees, Local Guides

Management: National Government (ANAM)

Hours: 8 AM- 4 PM

Rates: B/.1.00 Student
B/.2.00 National Tourists - B/.5.00 International Tourists

Contact Information:

El Valle de Antón Ranger Station: (507) 983-6411

Coclé Regional Office - ANAM:(507) 500-0908

National Protected Areas Office: (507) 500-0855 - (507) 500-0839

Additional Information:
http://www.elvalle.com.pa/atracciones/monumento-nacional-cerro-gait
al/

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