Ascent of Formosinho on 2014-04-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1644 ft / 501 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day after our Serra de Santa Barbara ascent on Terceira, Açores, this easy one hour hike is the first of three southern Portugal District highpoints visited on our way home from the Azores. We arrived post midnight and parked in a pull in near the ENE trailhead.

From the east an overgrown but useable trail starts at N38.48423 W8.98830 (380m), with a small pull in a hundred metres to the west (N38.48317 W8.98849, 385m). There are a few forks with the preferred trail sometimes marked with tape or string. It is marked accurately on openmtbmap which I had loaded on my GPS. Going astray is more of a danger on the way down.

We push through the dense vegetation wet from overnight rain and our legs were soon wet. Plant life is Mediterranean with colourful cistus and white asphodel prominent. The path passes within 50m of the east top, which appears to have about 30m prominence; reaching it would involve a serious bush whack.

Near the summit the vegetation is shorter. The summit is marked with a battered circular trig pillar (N38.48080 W9.00058, 508m GPS) on a limestone outcrop. The view is misty but we can see a little of the surrounding area.

There appears to be a large trail arriving from the north-east. This may provide an alternative, likely with a bigger ascent.

In descent I watch the GPS carefully to avoid false trails. The view down across the Rio Sado with its long low spit is impressive.

The round trip takes just under one hour. We head east for São Gens. Once through the town of Setubal it is mostly motorway with very little traffic, a two hour journey.

Jonathan de Ferranti has the Formosinho saddle as 31m at 38:36:21 -8:50:54, hence P470m.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:593 ft / 179 m
    Total Elevation Loss:593 ft / 179 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:495 ft / 150 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 397 ft / 121 m; Extra: 98 ft / 29m
    Loss on way in:98 ft / 29 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:From ENE
    Start Trailhead:ENE trailhead  1247 ft / 380 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:495 ft / 150 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 397 ft / 121 m; Extra: 98 ft / 29m
    Gain on way out:98 ft / 29 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    End Trailhead:ENE trailhead  1247 ft / 380 m
    Time:20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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