Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara

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  • Portugal Azores Sao Miguel, Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara, Towards Lake Furnas from high eastern ridge, Walkopedia
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  • Portugal Azores Sao Miguel, Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara, , Walkopedia
  • Portugal Azores Sao Miguel, Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara, , Walkopedia
  • Portugal Azores Sao Miguel, Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara, , Walkopedia
  • Portugal Azores Sao Miguel, Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara, , Walkopedia

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 rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest10
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating86

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 7km+
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,105m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara: Towards Lake Furnas from high eastern ridge - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

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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Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara: © Flickr user putneymark

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Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara: © Flickr user putneymark

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Eastern High Ridge and Pico da Vara: © Wikimedia user Ruben JC Furtado...
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