Ascent of Pica da Vara on 2017-06-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Friday, June 30, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Pica da Vara|
| Elevation:||3619 ft / 1103 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTrail is in need of heavy maintenance, especially on the ridgetop due to drainage issues in some areas. Hiking during or immediately after a rain is not recommended due to slippery conditions.
The area is habitat for the endangered Azores Bullfinch. The entire range of the species is protected as a Special Protection Area, the Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme SPA (a Natura 2000 site), under European Union legislation.
No views or summit pictures on this day due to dense cloudy conditions.
A student from Lisbon named Raquel working on her masters thesis, met me at the Trailhead asking if I could fill out a survey. I did and found out that her report may be just what is needed to get funding for trail repairs.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Overcast|
| Time:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
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