A very scenic walk in the pine forest beneath the rim of the Teide Caldera. Roque del Almendro and El Sombrero de Chasna tower above you for significant sections of the route. If you are feeling energetic, there is an optional diversion to the peak of El Sombrero de Chasna.
Duration: 3 hours
Duration: 3 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 342 from Los Cristianos. One daily service, outward in morning, return in afternoon. Check current schedule for times. Las Lajas is approximately 10 km uphill from Vilaflor on the TF-21 to Teide. Ample parking at the Las Lajas Area Recreativa.
Length: 5.930 km / 3.71 mi
Height Gain: 344 meter
Height Loss: 344 meter
Max Height: 2282 meter
Min Height: 2036 meter
Surface: Rough. In the first 600 m, or so, the path can be poorly defined, but is marked by cairns.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough paths.
Dog Friendly: Yes, but the walk skirts the National Park area where dogs are not allowed.
Refreshments: Options in Vilaflor.
Starting and finishing at the popular Las Lajas picnic and recreation area, this is very much a pine forest walk, and at over 2,000 metres above sea level it is at the highest level of the Corona Forestal that surrounds the island. Walking under the base of mountains at the rim of the Teide Caldera there are marvellous views of Montaña Las Lajas, La Sombrera, Roque del Almendro and El Sombrero de Chasna. There are also great views down to the faraway southern coast but, unfortunately, on the day we walked the route a Calima obscured that particular perspective. The area seems particularly dry, sheltered by the Caldera rim. Unsurprisingly, therefore, much of the forest shows signs of regeneration from previous forest fires. The start point in the Area Recreativa Las Lajas, about 10 km uphill from Vilaflor, is in the Adeje municipality, but most of the walk is in the Vilaflor council area and skirts the National Park boundary. At Waypoint 10 on the walk there is an optional diversion to the viewpoint at the peak of El Sombrero de Chasna. There and back adds about 2.25 km in distance and 170 metres overall ascent to the walk.