This 6.6 km walk, with 487 m overall ascent, circles the rocky mass of Montaña La Hoya, its comms masts providing a compelling landmark over the west coast, and its El Bicho tunnels providing a gateway to the north. Always, the views to every side are absolutely tremendous.
Duration: 3 hours
Duration: 3 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 461/462 from Santiago del Teide. Easy parking in Arguayo near the start/end point.
Length: 6.630 km / 4.14 mi
Height Gain: 487 meter
Height Loss: 487 meter
Max Height: 1073meter
Min Height: 862 meter
Surface: Rough paths and roads, mostly.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only only if children are used to strenuous uphill hikes on rough surfaces..
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: El Unico Bar on Carretera General in Arguayo.
Given clear conditions, walking in Tenerife is almost certainly guaranteed to provide good views along the way. The route for this walk is especially characterised by marvellous views throughout, culminating in a fantastic 360° panorama from the summit of the La Hoya mountain. From here we look south-east all along the “medianías” (middle level, where the old towns and agricultural areas are, such as Guia de Isora) to faraway Roque del Conde, then down to the coastal settlements centred on Puerto Santiago on the west coast, and across shimmering seas to La Gomera. Walking around we have a stunning mountain landscape on the southern flank of the Teno Mountains, taking in the peaks of Guama, Risco Blanco, Ijada, Verde and Cruz de Gala. Then the vista opens up to Santiago del Teide, Puerto de Erjos, and Valle de Arriba, the picturesque gateway to “El Norte”. Sweeping around, Montaña Bilma heralds the lava flows and pine woods of the Chinyero area, before our eyes are drawn to the magnificence of El Teide and its companion, Pico Viejo. Although less than 7 km, there is an overall ascent of nearly 500 m, providing for a vigorous half-day hike.