(56) La Quinta-Aponte-Aserradero Circular (Adeje)

Route Summary
An invigorating walk with almost 400 metres overall ascent, that takes in the rural terraces and vineyards around Taucho, high above Adeje, before entering a delightful wooded barranco, returning through the beautiful but fire-scarred pine forest near the Casa Aserradero.

Duration: 3.5 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 3.5 hours
Transport/Parking: No Titsa bus service. Parking near church in La Quinta.
Length: 6.330 km / 3.96 mi
Height Gain: 372 meter
Height Loss: 372 meter
Max Height: 1157 meter
Min Height: 910 meter
Surface: Rough. The first 1.5 km is on a narrow minor roads. After that, mainly rough paths and forest tracks.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to vigorous uphill hiking.
Difficulty: Medium.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Bar Restaurante Taucho, in nearby Taucho.

Description
This highly enjoyable hike is not too long, and the ascent up the hillside behind La Quinta and Taucho is fairly gradual. In the first section, the walk passes many rural plots and vineyards, with great views forward up to the mountains, and back to the SW coast of Tenerife. The mid-point at the abandoned finca of Aponte at almost 1,200 metres high, with its traditional outbuildings and threshing circle (era) provides a great opportunity to absorb the views. From there, the walk heads east towards the pine forest between Ifonche and La Quinta, still scarred by the forest fire in 2012. The final return section, partly in open pines, around the valley under the abandoned logging finca of Aserradero is a particular delight in Springtime as the path is lined by wild flowers and grasses.

Thanks to Sally Whymark, author of “Tenerife Nature Walks”, for the idea for this walk, based on her longer trail documented in Wikiloc.

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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