Pico da Cruz

  • Pico da Cruz
  • 851 m
  • Primary factor 96 m
  • Sao Miguel, Azores
  • Location: North 37.84586, West 25.75838 (GPS on the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1
  • Climbed: July 30. 2014


Here is a quick summary of my climbs in the Azores islands.
How to get there:
Drive from Ponta Delgado to the airport, but continue through Relva, the take the first right signed for Pico do Carvao. After driving by this peak, turn right on a paved side-road, this is immediately before a tourn-out with information about a hiking trail. After only a few hundred meter, in a sharp right curve, a dirt road forks off to your left and enter the forest. This is also a hiking trail. You may leave the car here and do this climb as a short hike, approximately 1.5 kilometer to the top, or you may drive there, as the road is quite ok for a normal car.
Route description:
The summit is at the top of a long uphill road. This summit is the highest point along the big caldera that contains the famous Sete Cidades. Unfortunately, the summit has been leveled into a flat area to hold some sort of radar equipment. If the map elevation of 851 meter reflects the current elevation, then almost certainly this mountain was at least 5-6 meter higher before and most likely a P100 mountain. As it is, a prominence of 96 meter has been assigned.
I drove here with my wife Heidi on an exploratory trip of the area. I also visited the current official marker that has an assigned elevation of 845 meter.