Morro do Castelo Branco

  • Morro do Castelo Branco
  • 167 m
  • Primary factor 102 m
  • Faial, Azores
  • Location: North 38.52338, West 028.75175 (GPS on the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2
  • Climbed: July 20. 2014


How to get there:
Drive west from Horta and pass the local airport. Continue a few kilometer, while keeping a look down to the coast. A small road forks directly left and runs pretty straight downhill towards the very characteristic coastal cliff. There is an obvious place to park just shortly before the connecting saddle.
Route description:
There is a pretty clear trail that first crosses the connecting saddle then ascends the obvious ridge. The ascent is considerably easier that what it may look like from the car parking area. The trail zig-zags in a fairly well protected route before reaching more level ground.
The main trail heads into the forest, then follows the left hand side of the top to a pole marker. However, the highest point is across on the opposite side. In order to get there, do not enter the forest trail, keep right and cross some slippery grass while following the north side of the cliff. You will locate a summit marker, the terrain is pretty level, but a small hill even further ahead may actually compete for being the highest point.
We had visited the Capelinhos volcano, then a small place at the coast with a swimming area between volcanic rocks. Complete with signs in Norwegian as well as life guard on duty. From here, we noticed the interesting cliff and decided to make this our next stop.
I climbed the cliff rather quickly and surveyed the two summit points as well as the connecting saddle. It seems that this cliff has just about 100 meter of prominence.