Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo

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Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo is a 10.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santana, Madeira, Portugal that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.9 km Elevation Gain: 1,228 m Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

This trail takes place in the immense and magnificent mountains of Madeira. Along the way you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes composed by the formidable rock formations, sometimes covered by the clouds and the villages that can be seen in the distance. Stop once in a while and feel the great feeling to be closer to the sky. Also in this journey you can visit the three highest peaks of Madeira: Pico do Areeiro, Pico das Torres and Pico Ruivo. This is a mountain trail so it requires some physical preparation and endurance for hikers, who are faced with many ups and downs. However, the effort required is offset by extraordinary views that the walk provides. Once at Pico Ruivo you can relax, have a snack or visit the shelter. Finally, be sure to go to the top of the peak and elate with the landscape and breathtaking views of the peaks and villages. In sunny days, you may have a 360 degree view of the island with its main points highlighted: Curral das Freiras, Porto Santo, Desertas, Ponta de São Lourenço and others.

hiking
22 days ago

Absolutely superb hike. Difficult with a steep climb, but only panoramas on the way! Trail very well maintained.

hiking
30 days ago

this trail is the hardest trail I every hiked but totally worth it! Great views and a lot of steps! we did it in 4 hours go and back! but counting the pictures and water breaks and also with the lunch break in pico ruivo we did it in 5 hours and half.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Pico Ruivo from Pico do Arieiro and back - it was demanding hike but it was worth the effort as views were just stunning- some of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. Some parts are very steep and narrow, so I wouldn't advice taking small children on this hike.

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1 month ago

Super hard but worthwhile. It’s breathtaking.

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1 month ago

most beatifull and hard trail of my life !

3 months ago

it is really hard,especially the trail back from Ruivo to Areiro. But magnificient views

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3 months ago

The view is like you’d imagine paradise. It’s tough but me and my husband completed - going and coming back - without any hiking gears (don’t do that though). Locals will give you info on how to have somebody picking you up in the end of the trail in case you don’t want to make the way back. It’s a life time experience that totally worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing for trail running, bring headlamp for the tunnels!

Most beautiful trail we have ever seen. Very well marked and maintained. Safe.

4 months ago

All though the heavy rain and mist its beuatyfull...scenic and breathtaking....a bit hard because of all the stairs but I enjoyed every second.

hiking
5 months ago

A great hike, and a real challenge, unlike many of the ones marked "hard." The distance is not bad but one is constantly going up or down with nearly 700 feet elevation gain every mile. It can get extremely windy and on a day with direct sun it can get hot with no shade to speak of. A great hike, but not as magnificent as some of the others in Madeira, especially of the longer ones with better scenery, but if you like a challenge and views from great heights, this is for you.

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5 months ago

Great trail with magnificent views and great exposure. Do not miss it.

6 months ago

beautiful place to go, I ran the trail very tough lots and lots of steps!

hiking
6 months ago

One of the best hikes on the island. Some websites talk about the trail being closed, in 2018 that refers to the easterly route not the westerly route to Pico Rubio, Which was open, at least in November 2018.

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7 months ago

Did this hike with my girls 2016. Amazing, you know the feeling inside... harmony, happiness, exitement.... don't miss it!! I will do the hike again in april -19.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent course with stunning views! My GPS says it was 8.8 miles.

9 months ago

Amazing sceneries

hiking
10 months ago

Stunning!

hiking
10 months ago

one of the best!

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10 months ago

Great trail -Well marked (stone path with stairs and guide rails the whole way) -Moderate traffic -lots of parking

hiking
10 months ago

We got lucky and it was sunny with some clouds, however the winds were around 30km. I was super intimated at the beginning of the trail(top of Areeiro) but soon realized the winds weren’t as bad throughout the trail so I would suggest being more cautious at the peaks throughout the route if you’re trekking on a windy day.. I had a headlamp and flashlight for the tunnels, definitely only need one(either would suffice..my headlamp is 160lumens and flashlight is 1500 lumens.. I personally love the flashlight because I have more control and can see anything and everything in my path but the headlamp is nice if you want to free up your hands. The headlamp was bright enough to see your path to get to the end safely but if you are wanting to see the the tunnels clearly and check them out, I definitely suggest something over 600 lumens.

hiking
Friday, May 11, 2018

Absolutely gorgeous hike. The trail head is at the first peak (there is a tourist center with a huge white dome at the top, you can't miss it. Get there early for parking) and then you hike to the second peak (Pico Ruivo), so it's down and then up. It's an out and back so you do that twice. As we were driving up we passed through the clouds and then the hike remained above the clouds the entire time, so it was sunny and beautiful. The hike is mostly built, so there are defined paths and lots of stairs and most parts of it have a cable running along it, although in some places it is broken. Very steep drop offs on either side of the trail at many points, but the views are worth the heights. Wildflowers in May were incredible. There are some tunnels, the flashlights on our phones were enough to get through them though. It was about 7 miles in total with tons of stairs. Bring snacks and water (there is a place to refill your water bottle right before you get to the top of Pico Ruivo). Enjoy!

hiking
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Incredible hike in the heart of Madeira island, with majestic views of its center valleys. Quite strenuous with very steep elevation gains and loses - burnt around 3000 cals total with return trip but very high reward. Beginning has dizzying cliffs. sometimes surrounding both sides of the trail (absolutely do not do this trail if you are afraid of heights), then towards the middle (after Pico do Gato) it flattens out a bit (and the vegetation changes slightly), and finally there's a grueling ascent through occasional stairs and ladders towards the end. But it is well worth it! Can be made in 3 hours although I would recommend something like 4 or 5 hours at least for breaks and pictures.

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6 days ago

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