With an overall ascent of 450 m this is an energetic hike, climbing through pine forest to the site of the abandoned water source at Fuente de Aponte in a delightful wooded barranco. The descent, in open countryside, provides the opportunity for great views in all directions.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: No Titsa bus service. Parking near church in La Quinta.
Length: 7.600 km / 4.75 mi
Height Gain: 454 meter
Height Loss: 454 meter
Max Height: 1249 meter
Min Height: 910 meter
Child Friendly: Yes. But only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough surfaces.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Bar Restaurante Taucho, in nearby Taucho.
The first section of this walk ascends through relatively open pine forest scarred by forest fire, but now thriving again. The overall ascent for the route is over 450 m, so, there is quite a strenuous first half, climbing to 1,249 m above sea level. After that, there is a gentle descent in an open rural landscape, eventually reaching the outskirts of Taucho. During the descent there are wonderful views down to the SW coast, to La Gomera and La Palma, and up to the mountains at the Teide caldera. The centre-point of the walk is a descent into the delightful verdant dell at Barranco el Pinque where the Fuente (Spring) de Aponte once provided water. Unfortunately, all that is left is a dried-up channel on the now overgrown hillside where the spring once flowed. Presumably, the water is now tapped by a “Galeria” bore-hole a little further up the barranco from which there is a metal pipe that goes parallel to the old channel, downhill. A little further on the route, ascending out of another very scenic wooded barranco (Cañaheje) near the abandoned finca, Casa Aponte, the route passes a cave where we spotted vertical markings on the walls that may indicate human occupation in the pre-Hispanic Guanche era.