After a long day of travel the day before, Kimberly and I got up early and took a taxi to Pico Ariero for our hike over to Pico Ruivo. Once we reached Pico Ariero, it was snowing with freezing rain and very cold and windy. We put on our coats and raingear and headed for Pico Ruivo. We were in the clouds for much of the way, but when the clouds broke at times, the views and scenery was amazing.
The mountains in the area are very steep and rugged, but there was a good trail to Pico Ruivo which included several cables, staircases, and tunnels. It was a spectacular hike. It never did rain hard, but we had light rain and high winds for much of the hike.
Once we reached the mountain hut below Pico Ruivo, we took a rest and ate some snacks before heading for the summit of Ruivo. The trees and everything else around the summit of Ruivo were coated in ice, with some snow as well, but we didn’t get any views from the summit. The route was still a spectacular one though.
After enjoying the summit, we decided to head down the trail to Teixeira. We were originally going to hike the trail all the way west to Encumeada, but there wouldn’t have been any views anyway, so we decided not to.
Once at Teixeira (the route down was easier, but less spectacular than the route from Pico Ariero), we caught a ride down to Santana. After checking out Santana, we took a bus back to Funchal. It was a great day.
Great route from Pico do Arieiro and back.
Tunnel Route from Arieiro and back with an extension towards Pico das Eirinhas on the weather divide. Wonderful winter day but kinda stormy
From areeiro peak, we went the tunnel way and back the other one. No clouds. Beautiful day.
First summit of the year with Florence, after 3hs from Pico Areeiro. Beautiful hike !
I took the longer route with just one tunnel. The other one (Pico Areeiro West) was marked as dangerous, due to an earthquake recently, as I was told. It was a return trip of 6 hours with very mixed conditions. Starting in a surprisingly cold, freezing weather, then some nice and hot sunshine, following with a generally cloudy day, but still with OK visibility on top, and a hailstorm in the end. On Madeira you truly can experience all seasons in one day :)
My first long hike. The weather was not good eneough but me and my boyfriend wanted to do it, so we just simply followed the path. At the end I was exhausted because of the steep ascent back to the start.
Done this easy track with my brother. the hard part was to go through a long tunnel with no light, except at the end ;)
I did this trecking with two friends in one of my trainings for climbing Mont Blanc.
It´s a very nice peak and the highest of Madeira. I climbed so many times that i can't remember since i was born in Madeira.
Beautiful hike along well kept trails. Don't forget a torchlight since you'll have to climb through two tunnels. The peak itself wasn't as nice as the trail towards and from it.