4. Pico del Teide: The Trail to the Top
The king of all hiking routes on Tenerife is Sendero 7 from Montaña Blanca to the summit of Pico del Teide at an altitude of 3718 meters. That’s why we dedicated a whole article to it which you can find here:
5. Chinamada – Punta del Hidalgo: Our Highlight
Our number one hiking tour in Tenerife starts in the idyllic cave village of Chinamada in the Anaga Mountains. Secluded and original, it is situated at about 600 meters between rugged mountains and deep gorges and is already a sight in itself.
From the car park at Iglesia de San Ramón you pass the church until you reach the end of the tarred road, where you will find yourself in the middle of terraced fields. The steep ravine Barranco del Tomadero leads down along rocks and through caves. Over and over again, you’ll get beautiful views of the valley or over the coast.
Directly above the beach Playa de los Troches is the rock Roque de Los Dos Hermanos, which you’ll reach in the last third of the walk. Now going zig-zag, the steep descent on the south side of the rock towards the gorge Barranco del Río begins. Through a dried-up river bed you reach the eastern edge of the peninsula of Punta del Hidalgo.
If you go either across the town or along the coastline, you will reach the public and free open-air swimming pool with seawater Piscina Natural de Punta del Hidalgo. Here you can refresh yourself and cool off before heading back to Chinamada – the ascent is really exhausting and kind of tough!
For the way there and back, classified with the difficulty level T3 “challenging mountain hiking”, of a total of 14 kilometers we needed almost 10 hours including swimming and everything. But we can say one thing: It was totally worth it! If you don’t want to hike for so long, you can choose one direction only and then go the other way by bus. Shorter walks are possible to the viewpoints Mirador hacia el Roque de Los Pinos and Mirador Aguaide.
In a nutshell: We’re on fire for this hiking trail. On the way it always seemed wanting to surpass itself in its beauty. Especially in combination with the seawater pool in Punta del Hidalgo, the path perfectly reflects the versatility of Tenerife. We strongly recommend it to every experienced hiker! Be sure to take enough water, provisions and sunscreen with you.
6. Masca Gorge: Closed at least until March of 2019
The Masca Gorge is named after the mountain village of Masca, which is located in a volcanic crater at an altitude of about 650 to 800 meters above sea level in the Teno mountain range. In the past, one of the most impressive hikes on Tenerife could be made here. However, the gorge was closed for an indefinite period of time by the authorities of the island of Tenerife at the end of February of 2018. The reason for this is the long-standing increase in serious accidents in the Barranco.
The eventual trigger for the closing were seven German hikers who ignored all storm forecasts by the state meteorological service as well as the closure of all hiking trails for that day. Due to the storm, the wanderers had to spend the night in the Masca Gorge and could only be recovered the next morning. At present, all technical advice recommends that the closure of the gorge be maintained until a system has been established to secure the Barranco and the measures have been implemented.
In September of 2018, the Cabildo (governing, administrative and representative body) of Tenerife commissioned the repair of the trail through the Masca Gorge. The thorough rehabilitation of the path and the so far only provisionally repaired jetty shall be completed in March of 2019.
In addition, a completely new model for the visits will be prepared. For this, the tolerable capacity of visitors of the ravine is to be analyzed and then their number will be limited to that. The aim of the island administration is to bring the protection of the ecologically valuable gorge and landscape in harmony with the number of visitors.
If the trail will be opened again, the tour through the Masca Gorge will begin in the lower center of the village and then lead through a narrow Barranco down to the sea. However, the hike has a fairly high level of difficulty, so you should only enter it well equipped. The circular route covers about 8.5 kilometers or 6 hours. Also very popular is the one-way hike followed by a boat trip to Los Gigantes. From there you can return to your car by bus or taxi.
Our Hiking Equipment
Generally speaking, we would advise you to pack as light as possible. Of course, you should have all the essentials with you, but don’t underestimate that every extra gram on your back can become a real burden. We always try to pack everything in only one backpack, so we can alternate with carrying it. Also find out if there are any springs of drinking water or buying opportunities on the way, so that you can carry less water with you.
What we always take with us:
- a well-fitting hiking backpack, we use the Pacsafe Vibe with 25 liters capacity
- good footwear, depending on the weather we either wear our water and snowproof hiking boots by Decathlon or simply comfortable sneakers
- enough water, we just fill in tap water in our FLSK thermoses, sometimes we take coffee or juice
- enough food/snacks, we mostly take cereal bars, fruit and a smoked tofu
- a scarf against cold or heat and sun, we always have our scarves from Egypt with us
- our fully charged smartphones for GPS tracking, route guidance and emergencies
- a power bank and charging cable for the case the battery gives up
- sunscreen, the sun shouldn’t be underestimated, especially in the cool mountains
- some cash, ’cause you never know
- band-aids and painkillers, we take ibuprofen against everything 😀
What we sometimes take with us:
- a garbage bag, provided we produce non-organic waste, such as the packaging of the smoked tofu
- an extra jacket or sweater, in case we know it’s getting colder
- hat and gloves, see above
- a headlamp, in the event we start or arrive in the dark
- our travel drone, the DJI Spark, if we want to take beautiful shots because it’s our best camera
What Else Should Be Considered
- distance and difficulty of the track, shouldn’t be underestimated
- special features of the hike: Do you need a particularly high surefootedness? Are there any dizzying passages? Etc.
- weather, especially severe weather warnings, in bad weather we don’t even start hiking
- the altitude, from an altitude of 2000 meters inform yourself about the altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness
- pay attention to path markings
- Always take your litter with you!
These were already our 5 most beautiful hiking trails in Tenerife. All these tips are based on our personal experience. Feel free to let us know your favorite routes in the comments. The other Canary Islands are also suitable for hiking, so check out all our Canary Islands posts.
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