Ascent of Pico Ruivo do Paul da Serra on 2009-12-06
|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 ReportSmall 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|
| Time:||30 Minutes|
| Time:||15 Minutes|
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