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Ascent of Pica da Vara on 2018-08-15

Climber: Denise Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Richard Mclellan
Date:Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pica da Vara
    Location:Portugal
    Elevation:3619 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

The HP of Sao Miguel island iS on its eastern side. You are supposed to get a permit as this is the breeding ground of the rare Azores bullfinch. Permits are free ( one per group) and can be applied for in advance via http://servicos-sraa.azores.gov.pt/doit/mdls/fill.asp?id_modelo=1451 . I received an instant permit by e mail. At the trailhead there is no indication a permit is needed. This is a popular walk.

Approach from North, turning off main coastal road at Algarvia, just east of coastal town of Achada. Follow gravel track uphill ( OK for 2WD) c 4 km to small parking area at 675m and signposted trailhead with map ( see Azores trails website re Pico da Vara trail PRC7SMI http://trails.visitazores.com/en ).
The 3.5KM path to the summit is easy to follow and a little steep in places, with mud/ gravel/ some steps underfoot. It takes you south to the ridge through Japanese Cedar and then east along a grassy ridge, with a small amount of descent and reascent. There is a trig at the summit with good views. Return the same way.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
some swirling cloud
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Standard -route 7
    Start Trailhead:675  
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 



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