(85) Mirador Narices del Teide-El Cedro Circular (National Park)

Route Summary
This short but energetic hike, ascending part-way up, and circling around, Montaña El Cedro on the rim of the Teide Caldera provides a range of interesting and special viewpoints to wonder at the natural beauty of the National Park.

Duration: 3 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 3.0 hours.
Transport/Parking: No Titsa bus service. Parking at Mirador de las Narices del Teide car-park, at start of walk.
Length: 6.690 km / 4.18 mi
Height Gain: 349 meter
Height Loss: 349 meter
Max Height: 2161 meter
Min Height: 1989 meter
Surface: Rough. This route is partly on rough paths, partly on smoother, but uneven, forest roads.
Child Friendly: Yes. But only if children are used to hikes of this distance on rough surfaces.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Dog Friendly: No. Dogs are not allowed to walk in the National Park area.
Refreshments: Restaurante las Estrellas on TF-38 access road. Parador cafe in National Park. Cafes in Chio.

Description
This moderately strenuous walk provides some spectacular views of the Teide Caldera area. The walk starts at the Mirador de las Narices del Teide car-park on the TF-38 access road to the National Park from Chio. From there you have the best view of the craters (the “Narices” [nostrils]) on the side of Pico Viejo that erupted in 1798, causing the huge lava field close by. After the initial approach towards the El Cedro mountain, on the edge of the Caldera, there is a short but steep ascent to an open forested saddle area underneath the peak. Here, the views of Teide and Pico Viejo are definitely in the “Wow, Spectacular” category! Looking in the other direction you are likely to have a wonderful perspective on the “sea of clouds” below you, ebbing and flowing through the steeply sloped pine forest. In a short distance from here, at the base of a rocky cliff, you come across the dampness and greenery of the Fuente del Cedro (a natural spring). The remainder of the walk on sun-dappled forest paths and roads, provides an ever-changing panorama of stunning views from a range of different perspectives.

Thanks to Gary Rosson, the Tenerife Rambler, for the idea for this walk. Information about Gary’s walk, from a different start-point (at the Museo Juan Evora, Boca Tauce), can be found here: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=20511952

Links:
Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
Access Walk on Viewranger
Access Walk on Wikiloc  

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