Ascent of Pico Ruivo do Paul da Serra on 2009-12-06

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Sunday, December 6, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pico Ruivo do Paul da Serra
    Elevation:5410 ft / 1648 m

Ascent Trip Report

Small parking area at road junction to south. A narrow trail then follows the levada (water channel) north until it enters a wood. Here I went directly uphill through the woodland to meet a wide track, followed this R (east) for 200m to join another trail (signposted) which leads to the summit. This trail presumably crosses the ER208 road further N than my starting point.

The summit is flat with a triangulation pillar (square in cross section and set on a 2m tall pillar with cast-in ladder rungs). There are also 2 lookout points with railings. Cloud was drifting across: I had occasional views extending 1-2 km only.

This was the first summit of a long weekend bagging trip to Madeira: left Funchal airport midday, climbed this mid afternoon, explored the north coast, then did the Pico Ruivo - Arieiro ridge the following day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:505 ft / 153 m
    Round-Trip Distance:130.5 mi / 210 km
    Route:From south
    Trailhead:ER110/ER208 junction  4905 ft / 1495 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Intermittent drizzle
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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