There are a number of trails on Cloudbridge Nature Reserve which are all open to guests and visitors. The hikes at Cloudbridge range in difficulty and are suited for a range of enthusiasts.
The Chirripo National Park office has an office in San Gerardo (the town closest to Cloudbrigde). The phone number for the San Isidro office is: (506) 8-771-3155 or (506) 8-771-3297. For details on hiking Chirripo click here.
Enjoy a 40 minute round trip hike through Ian’s Memorial Garden featuring a gorgeous array of colors and variety of native plants and cultivars. See the Rio Chirripo River and Pacifica Falls. Walk through one of the Cloudbridge Reforestation Plantations and learn a little more about Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest. Enjoy the Labyrinth and take a moment to enjoy your surroundings!
Walk through the entrance for Cloudbridge and follow Pizote Trail. Follow the trail past a small woody glade (Granadilla Gully), then make your way up the steep slope. Pass the Lone Poró Tree. Zigzag up the ridge to a path entering forest, at about 6300 feet. Great views but clouds can eliminate visibility in minutes. Follow the trail through the trees to a sheltered spot above an abandoned pasture that demonstrates undergrowth regeneration. Return down the ridge, or if you are game, continue up the marked path through the forest. The trail follows a ridge, going uphill for about 1.5 km until it joins the main Chirripo Peak Trail at 7150 feet (2170 meters). You can take the main trail downhill for a further 5 km loop back to Casa.
Take the marked gate down the slope from the Bridge Trail and head right, circumnavigating the lower meadow to reach the river and take in the cascading waterfall (Cloudbridge Falls) that can be viewed from above. Follow the arrows and return up a steep section to the bench on the Pizota Trail, passing the Rock of Caves.
Take the Bridge Trail to the covered bridge and turn left onto the path on the other side of the bridge. Cross the Rio Uran via a rickety suspension bridge and continue along the path until you see the sign for Cloudbridge North. Continue to the shelter known as “Rancho Don Victor.” Above the shelter is a steep trail that takes you up through mountainside forest to Vulture Rock (see Skutch Trail).
Vulture Rock Trail
Skutch Trail on Cloudbridge North, starts at Rancho Don Victor and heads uphill to Vulture Rock and eventually to Cerro Skutch, which at 8760 ft or 2650 m is the highest point on Cloudbridge.
Mount Chirripó Peak Trail
If you take the main trail to Los Crestones or Cerro Chirripó, you reach the southern boundary of the Cloudbridge Reserve after about 3.5 kilometers of hiking the “Fila Cementerio de la Maquina” (graveyard of the machine). There’s a Cloudbridge bench there. The highest point of Cloudbridge South, at 7172 feet (2186 meters), is at the entrance to Chirripó National Park, 4 km from the trail’s start. The Chirripo National Park office has a San Isidro number: (506) 8-771-3155 or (506) 8-771-3297. For details on hiking Chirripo see here. Most people prefer to make the hike in two days with a night in the dormitory lodge two thirds of the way up. Guests may like to extend their visit by renting the Gavilan Cabin to launch their hike.