(54) Los Poleos-Views of Montana Chinyero Circular (Santiago del Teide)

Route Summary
This is a fairly undemanding walk in a unique natural environment where life flourishes despite the depredations of fairly recent volcanic eruptions and forest fires. Great views of Montaña Chenyero, El Teide, and the southern flank of the Teno Mountains.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Route Overview
Duration: 2.5 hours
Transport/Parking: No Titsa bus service. There is a small parking area at the Los Poleos viewpoint.
Length: 7.960 km / 4.98 mi
Height Gain: 265 meter
Height Loss: 265 meter
Max Height: 1469 meter
Min Height: 1383 meter
Surface: Moderate to good. Mostly good forest trails and roads.
Child Friendly: Yes.
Difficulty: Easy to medium.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: There are a couple of roadside bar/restaurants on the TF-38. Alternatively, in Chio.

Description
This walk provides a gentle introduction to hiking in the highlands area of Montaña Chinyero, in the Corona Forestal, just below the Teide National Park. The volcanic cone of Montaña Chinyero is the site of the last eruption on Tenerife in 1909 when the villages of Valle de Arriba, Santiago del Teide and Las Manchas were in danger of being overwhelmed by lava flow. The walk is mostly on easy forest trails and roads amongst the pine trees, many scarred by forest fire. There are some fine examples of large Canary Pines (Pino Gordo) along the way. The walk crosses one of the main lava fields emanating from Chinyero and, on a gradual ascent, there are marvellous views of Montaña Chinyero, El Teide, Pice Viejo, the Chinyero lava fields, and the southern side of the Teno Mountains, with various aspects towards Arguayo, Puerta de Erjos and San Jose de los Llanos. There are some old photos of the Chinyero eruption in the PDF guide.

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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