(21) Montaña Pelada Crater Walk (Granadilla)

Route Summary
3A short walk up to and around a large volcanic crater on the coast east of El Médano. Mostly very easy but with a steep initial ascent and final descent.

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 1.5 hours
Transport/Parking: Titsa 470 from Los Cristianos to El Médano. Parking at start.
Length: 3.740 km / 2.34 mi
Height gain: 150 meter
Height loss: 150 meter
Max Height: 91 meter
Min Height: 4 meter
Surface: Rough
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if capable of steep ascent/decent.
Difficulty: Mostly easy, but very steep ascent/decent at start/end of walk.
Dog Friendly: Yes
Refreshments: Lots of options in El Médano.

Description
This walk is mostly very easy but with a steep ascent and descent up to the wide path around the crater rim. Care and appropriate footwear is necessary! Once onto the crater path you may choose to deviate to the actual rim itself at various points to maximise the extent and quality of the views of the rock formations and tiny beaches below, and up to the hill towns and mountains beyond. Montaña Pelada has a commanding position over the coast to the east of El Médano. It is a “Natural Monument” and contains a visually impressive, very large and shallow crater, almost 1 km in diameter. This huge yellow rock formation is a volcanic cone that was created by the process of hydrovolcanism (the interaction of magma from a volcano with a body of water). The area also features a fossil dune, which is evidence of previous fluctuations in sea level, along with many splendid examples of coastal plants that are typically found on ravine floors. You also obtain an interesting view over the wind-farm at the ITER complex (Instituto Tecnológico de Energías Renovables, or Technological Institute for Renewable Energies).

Links:
Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
Access Walk on Viewranger
Access Walk on Wikiloc

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