(69) Tijoco Alto-Barranco Erques-Icerce Circular (Adeje)

Route Summary
A moderate hike with a gradual ascent alongside Barranco de Erques to over 1300 metres where you face an impressive canyon wall of rock. The scrub and open pine forest transforms into deeper woodland on the return stretch after visiting the abandoned finca and viewpoint at Casa Icerce.

Duration: 3.5 hours


Route Overview

Duration: 3.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: New bus stops have been installed but there is no Titsa bus-service at time of writing. Check, if required. On road parking close to start point.
Length: 5.880 km / 3.68 mi
Height Gain: 438 meter
Height Loss: 438 meter
Max Height: 1321 meter
Min Height: 955 meter
Surface: Mostly rough stony paths and rough roads.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only only if children are used to strenuous uphill hikes on rough surfaces..
Difficulty: Moderate.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: The Tijoco Alto Bar appears to be permanently closed. The Tasca El Blanco is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Description
Tijoco Alto in the Adeje council area is not often acknowledged as a base for walking and there are no walk information boards or signposts that we can find. However, a number of excellent routes are possible in this highland area (the village is almost 1,000 m above sea level). This walk, the initial uphill section following the eastern side of Barranco de Erques, provides some absolutely stunning views of that deep, precipitous and rugged ravine, culminating in a colossal corrugated rock wall that almost takes your breath away. Open pine forest accompanies the uphill stretch, followed by encountering a rushing open water channel. The abandoned finca at Casa Icerce, is an interesting curiosity evoking rural life in times past, and overlooking Taucho and La Quinta on a hillside ledge below, with the twin towers of the Hard Rock Hotel glinting much further below at the coast in Playa Paraiso. The return leg is mostly on good tracks and paths in pine forest, interspersed by the odd eucalyptus tree. During the walk we twice cross the modest but scenic Barranquillo del Agua. The tiny plaza in Tijoco Alto (also called Tijoco de la Arriba) has an interesting sculpture, and a wall portrait of a local figure.

Links:
Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
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