(79) Montaña Samara-Cuevas Negras Circular (National Park)

Route Summary
This walk in an amazing volcanic landscape is readily accessible from the southern resorts. It offers tremendous views of the Teno mountains, the islands of La Gomera and La Palma, open pine forests, Mount Teide, Pico Viejo, solidified rivers of lava and volcanic vents/caves.

Duration: 3.75 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 3.75 hours.
Transport/Parking: No Titsa bus service. Montana Sámara car-park on the TF-38 road to the Teide National Park, about 22 kms from the Chio turn-off to El Teide on the TF-1 to Santiago del Teide from Los Cristianos/Las Americas.
Length: 8.250 km / 5.16 mi
Height Gain: 392 meter
Height Loss: 392 meter
Max Height: 2222 meter
Min Height: 1869 meter
Surface: Rough.
Child Friendly: Yes. But only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough surfaces.
Difficulty: Medium.
Dog Friendly: No. Dogs are not allowed in the National Park.
Refreshments: Restaurante las Estrellas on TF-38 access road. Parador cafe in National Park. Cafes in Chio.

Description
This is a great half-day walk offering an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with one of Tenerife’s most exciting volcanic landscapes, married with areas of attractive pine forest. There are tremendous views of Mount Teide, and, particularly, the towering mass of Pico Viejo. There are also tremendous views of the southern edge of the Teno mountains and the islands of La Gomera and La Palma. At the mid-point in the walk you can explore the area known as “Las Cuevas Negras” (not the Los Silos ones!). Here, former volcanic vents have a cave-like structure. The starkness of the volcanic landscape is softened in large sections of the walk by strolling through open pine woodland surrounded by steep and stony hillsides ablaze with colour (in season) from shrubs and flowers that have colonised this otherwise desolate area. The walk is easily accessible from the southern resorts. You start from the Sámara car-park on the TF-38 road to the Teide National Park, about 22 kms from the Chio turn-off to El Teide.

Links:
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