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Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

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An absolutely stunning run through Madeira's highest peaks.


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5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

59%

Runnable

6,041' 1,841 m

High

5,083' 1,549 m

Low

2,276' 694 m

Up

2,954' 900 m

Down

19%

Avg Grade (11°)

61%

Max Grade (31°)

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Always check the Madeira website to ensure the trail is open as it is subject to closure due to rockslides.

Overview

An amazing tour of some of the highest peaks in Madeira with outstanding views along the way.

Need to Know

This route is mapped as a shuttle, so plan on leaving a car at the end, or having someone pick you up. Alternatively, you can make this a much longer day by doing it as an out-and-back.

Runner Notes

Watch your step, as a trip could send you tumbling over a cliff. The trail is also quite busy and does get a bit bottlenecked, so it might be frustrating for trail runners.

Description

This trail starts at Pico do Areeiro (second highest mountain in Madeira), which is already stunningly panoramic. The trail is very, very easy to follow and is super well-marked. It continues along a crest (and eventually through tunnels) to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain in Madeira, where you can run right to the peak of Ruivo. The views throughout are absolutely stunning, with steep drops next to the narrow trail.

The trail is not super difficult, but does have a good amount of climbing, so you should be in decent shape before starting out. Trekking poles are helpful for the descents. The trail is also under repair, so there are portions with no guiderail, and thus I would not recommend the trail to people who suffer vertigo.

Flora & Fauna

Beautiful endemic wildflowers and plants.

Shared By:

Leslie Meerburg

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Madeira.
Jul 29, 2016 near Curral…, PT
View from Pico Ruivo
Jul 29, 2016 near Curral…, PT
View from the footpath from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo.
Jul 29, 2016 near Curral…, PT
Pico Ruivo.
Jul 29, 2016 near Curral…, PT
Flowers along the trail.
Jul 29, 2016 near Curral…, PT
Into the clouds.
Jul 29, 2016 near Curral…, PT

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