This moderate walk climbs out of Valle de Arriba to go around the forested conical peak of Montaña Tomaseche. There is a pleasant and interesting potential stop-off at the Casa Rural of Los Partidos before the returning descent, overlooking the scenic vale of Santiago del Teide.
Duration: 3 hours
Duration: 3 hours.
Transport/Parking: There is no longer a bus service to Valle de Arriba. 25 minutes walk from Santaigo del Teide. Easy parking on road near start of walk.
Length: 6.060 km / 3.79 mi
Height Gain: 278 meter
Height Loss: 278 meter
Max Height: 1174 meter
Min Height: 982 meter
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to vigorous uphill hiking and rough surfaces.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: The Caserio de los Partidos, on the walk, offers drinks and tapas snacks. A number of options on the main street in Santiago del Teide.
This is a very pleasant and relatively undemanding walk at just over 6 km and under 300 m overall ascent. The initial section of the route climbs steadily out of the tiny hamlet of Valle de Arriba on a very old path, called “Wet Shoes”, once used by the farmers of San Jose de los Llanos to access water sources in the valley. The path, under the shadow of the steeply sided Montaña Tomaseche, was often wet, it seems, but as the current drought continues, not so during our visit. There then follows a short section along the verge of the main TF-373 road to Los Llanos before taking a rough country road to the Casa Rural – Caserio de los Partidos where there is a huge threshing circle (era). The Caserio is full of charm and character and is an inviting spot for a refreshment. This area, under the imposing conical wooded hillside of Montaña Tomaseche, provides the opportunity for some splendid views of Teide, Pico Veijo and the pine-forested Chinyero landscape. The return route takes in the “Vaguada de los Ovejeros” (Trough of the Shepherds), opening up to good views of Montaña Bilma, the southern flank of the Teno mountains, and the Valle de Arriba plain in which Santiago del Teide sits.