Location: North 37.78136, West 25.43430 (GPS on the summit)
Difficulty: YDS class 1
Climbed: August 1. 2014
Here is a quick summary of my climbs in the Azores islands.
How to get there:
This nice summit is located to the north-east of Lagao do Fogo. From Ponta Delgada, drive on the nice
4-lane Hwy. along the coast (east) towards Vila Franca do Campo. Continue about 3 kilometer after passing
this town and locate a signed road that forks left (uphill). After approximately 3 more kilometer, take another
left fork with signs for your destination. You will soon
see the nice mountain up ahead slightly
on your left side. Continue uphill until the road crosses a gentle col (which is the main crest of the island).
Pay attention, since your trailhead is a very small side-road going left. If you reach a left bend on the main road and
two smaller roads going right, you have travelled too far. The trailhead location is
N37.78430, W25.42713, elevation about 770 meter. You may drive a short section of this small road in order to
find convenient parking.
The road runs all the way to the crater rim,
then around (clockwise) to the summit. The road is not
suitable for normal cars. It is partially badly washed out and may be difficult to drive also
with a 4WD. However, it is a nice hike and the view from the summit is outstanding.
After looking around for the best trailhead, I discovered this nice route.
I parked my car a few hundred meter away from the main road, then continued
uphill on foot. The hike takes perhaps 15 minutes, and it was easy to follow the
old road as it contours right and gains the crater rim at the opposite side from
the summit marker.
I had a very nice view across to the
unfortunately cluttered with
antennas. The view east was a
bit more obscured by clouds. I returned the same way
and continued my sightseeing of the island.