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Lousã – Trevim Epic Climb

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Starting at Lousã, this Epic Climb connects the village to Alto do Trevim. With more than 20 km long, the route enter deep into the Lousã Mountain and its lush vegetation.
moderate
Distance 26.1 km
3:45 h
992 m
40 m
1,186 m
194 m
Alto de Trevim, at 1200 meters high, is a special place for all the inhabitants of the Lousã Mountain. On good visibility days, it is possible to observe places as far away as the Estrela Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gardunha Mountain and Marvão, already in Alentejo. The Lousã - Trevim Epic Climb starts near the Carlos Reis Park, in Lousã, following the numerous curves, turning left and right on the N236, for more than 20 km. Along almost all its extension, this climb is framed by a luxuriant vegetation and several hidden streams, which run at the bottom of closed valleys. This is one of the classic climbs of the Central Region.

Author’s recommendation

Take the opportunity to discover the Aldeias do Xisto of Serra da Lousã, enjoy the landscapes and visit the Aldeia do Xisto of Candal Shop.
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Update: October 20, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,186 m
Lowest point
194 m
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Rest stops

Senhora da Piedade river beach
Aldeia do Xisto de Casal Novo
Cerdeira
Aldeia do Xisto de Chiqueiro
Casa Princesa Peralta
Cerdeira - Home for Creativity - Residências
Lousã Castle
Casa da Urze
Casa Lausus
Casinha do Conde
Casa dos Amigos
Welcome Center Aldeias do Xisto
Candal
Candal Aldeias do Xisto Shop
Cerdeira - Home for Creativity
Casa das Bugalhas

Safety information

For the first 20 kilometres, the pavement of the EN236 is of good quality, allowing you to cycle the gradients with ease. Only in some locations do tree roots enter the road, causing some bumps along the way and demanding a closer attention on the way down. Cyclist must pay special attention at the end of the gradient, already in the urban area of Lousã, where some speed bumps and rumble strips may not be visible at high speeds. On the way up, and after turning to Trevim, the pavement is of inferior quality, rougher. The descent should be done paying closer attention, in order to choose the best trajectory. In winter, on colder days, special attention is needed with the formation of ice on this road, especially at the dawn. The ice formed can stay for hours in more shadowy turns.

Tips and hints

A Serra da Lousã conjuga de forma única a vertente cultural e humana das Aldeias do Xisto, com a natureza e as possibilidades de lazer que a sua paisagem proporciona. É casa de veados, javalis e corços que espreitam por entre sobreiros, castanheiros, carvalhos e, claro, pinheiros. É atravessada por inúmeros trilhos pedestres/BTT e por caminhos que nos levam ao St. António da Neve, ao Alto do Trevim, ao Castelo da Lousã ou à Senhora da Piedade, bem como a diversas praias fluviais.

É precisamente na Serra da Lousã que se localizam 12 das 27 Aldeias do Xisto: Aigra Nova, Aigra Velha, Candal, Casal de São Simão, Casal Novo, Cerdeira, Chiqueiro, Comareira, Ferraria de São João, Gondramaz, Pena e Talasnal. Se puder, visite todas e sinta o viver das comunidades que encontra pelo caminho.

Start

Lousã (188 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.110745, -8.243844
DMS
40°06'38.7"N 8°14'37.8"W
UTM
29T 564441 4440322
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Destination

Trevim

Turn-by-turn directions

The Lousã - Trevim Epic Climb starts near the Carlos Reis Park, in Lousã, following the numerous curves, turning left and right on the N236 for more than 20 km.

The pavement is in good condition and the gradient is low (between 2 % and 5.5 %). Along almost all the extension of the route, this climb is framed by lush vegetation. Several streams run along the right side of the road, at the bottom of very closed valleys, rarely letting themselves be seen: the River Arouce, the São João Stream, the Cerdeira Stream and the Candal Stream, which we will cross next to the Aldeia do Xisto of the same name. This is the perfect spot for you to replenish your energy, enjoy the fresh water from a 1941 fountain or enjoy the view over the Candal Stream from the Aldeias do Xisto Shop esplanade. With the rising altitude, the landscape begins to change a little. The vegetation is less exuberant, there are more clearings and the first wind farms appear, which will accompany us all the way to Trevim. When there are little less than 6 kilometres to the end of the climb, and already at close to 1000 meters of altitude, we leave the N236 and turn left, towards a forest road in the middle of pine trees that seem to want to surpass the wind turbines in height. From here, the tared pavement becomes rougher and in some place, it is necessary to pay even more attention to void bike punctures, especially going down. It is a mountain road, where we follow the ridge, with a small descent and ascend before the final stretch to the top. The biggest difficulties of the climb are reserved for the last more challenging 2 kilometres, with average gradients of 6 % and 7.9 %, some stretches reaching up to 10-11 %. A rougher pavement, due to harsh Winters and an increasingly scarce vegetation, leaves us totally exposed to the wind which, in turn, increases the difficulty, making the conquering of this Epic Climb even more valued.

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Coordinates

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40.110745, -8.243844
DMS
40°06'38.7"N 8°14'37.8"W
UTM
29T 564441 4440322
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
26.1 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
992 m
Descent
40 m
Highest point
1,186 m
Lowest point
194 m
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