Take the nice Hwy. from Ponta Delgada direction
Ribeira Seca, before getting there continue in the direction
of Nordeste. This Hwy. is quite nice and relatively new (not on my
map in 2014). Continue past the exit for Achada, the n take the next
exit signed Algarvia. Immediately, in the first traffic circle, take the
road that heads uphill. Stay on this road until it forks in a Y with
big signs and the trail going up (in wooden stairs)
straight in the middle.
Park here, this is the trailhead.
The distance to the summit is about 3.5 kilometer. The first part runs uphill
in the nice forest, often with steps in the trail. Very shortly after the trail
exits the forest, it will reach the main crest
and a signed trailfork. Turn left here.
From now, the trail essentially follows the main ridge
to the summit. First, you pass
a memorial for a French airplane disaster.
Then the trail climbs across a false summit,
continues a bit on the left side of the crest before making a final U-turn and head
back to the highest point. There is a typical
Portugese summit marker and a pretty flat
Arriving in Ponta Delgado on a somewaht delayed flight yesterday, I started out after
breakfast. The trailhead was easy to find and I started hiking at 1040. The weather was
ok, but the ridge was in the clouds, so basically fog.
Along the entire trail there were most likely on the order of one hundred
small sections of open pipe,
well secured to a peg on either side.
I did carefully look inside one of these, but there was nothing inside.
One would think that this could be some sort of trap to catch something?
Any reader that knows what this is, please send me an email! (email@example.com).
I arrived at the summit at 1130 and
stayed there until 1150. The return hike was easy and I was back at my car by 1230.
Additional info, added in April 2018.
On March 16. 2018, I received an email from Mr. Ricardo Ceia about my question
posted almost 4 years ago. He wrote:
I'm writting you because I came along with the description of your climb
to Pico da Vara in São Miguel, Azores
(https://www.ii.uib.no/~petter/mountains/1000mtn/vara.html). In that
text you asked for information about "small sections of open pipe" placed
along the trail. It was part of a rodent monitoring action in the SPA Pico
da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme carried out in the project LIFE Terras do
You can find more information
Warm thanks to Ricardo for providing this information.