Mostly in pine forest, but with opportunities for great views, this is an interesting walk with almost 400m overall ascent, to the desolate finca at Icerse, almost 1,300m above sea level, looking down on Taucho, just off a rough road that eventually reaches the Teide National Park.
Duration: 3 hours.
Duration: 3 hours
Transport/Parking: New bus stops have been installed in Tijoco Alto but there is no Titsa bus-service at time of writing. Check, if required. Probably parking on-road by bins just below the Tasca.
Length: 5.320 km / 3.33 mi
Height Gain: 384 meter
Height Loss: 384 meter
Max Height: 1275 meter
Min Height: 955 meter
Surface: Moderate. Mostly on reasonably good forest paths and roads.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if If children are used to vigorous uphill hiking and rough surfaces.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Neither the bar below the start point nor the Tasca above the plaza appeared to be open the day we visited.
The tranquil little village of Tijoco Alto (also called Tijoco de Arriba) is about one kilometres east of Vera de Erques, separated by the mighty Barranco de Erques. At about 950 metres above sea level, it sits just below the start of the band of pine forests that make up the Corana Forestal surrounding the island of Tenerife. Although its busy municipal capital of Adeje is not far away as the crow flies, there is a sense of remoteness about the place. This walk initially skirts Barranco de las Moradas, to the west of the village, to take in a view of the spectacular ravine (a continuation of Barranco de Erques) on the skyline between Montaña Gangarro and Roque de Ucanca, on the perimeter of the National Park. The walk proceeds through pleasant pine forest trails up to the abandoned finca at Icerse where there are grand views over Taucho and La Quinta down to the south-western coast and Las Americas. A gushing open water channel on the fringe of the pine forest accompanies much of the return route.