Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara
Key information: Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara
- This long high ridge takes in several summits including the highest point on the island and commands regular knock-out views.
- Walkopedia rating86
- Natural interest15
- Human interest10
- Negative points0
- Total rating86
- Length: 7km+
- Maximum Altitude: 1,105m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
The long (8km+) high ridge from above Furnas to 1,105m Pico da Vara, the highest point on the island, takes in several summits on the way and commands regular knock-out views south over a series of bowls and valleys to the sea far below, and down the more forested northern slopes. It is in places so flat it is almost plateau-like, so makes for surprisingly easy walking.
The access roads are mainly from the north. You can use them to walk sections of the ridge, including a climb or even traverse of Pico da Vara. See a great 7 km (3hr+) circuit from the north at https://trails.visitazores.com/sites/default/files/folheto_prc07_smi_0-2_temporario_0.pdf
Wonderful. Walko really regrets not making it here.
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