This is quite a strenuous half-day excursion in the hills above the SW coast, rewarded by great wide-open views. Initially, the route traverses 8 barrancos on the path to El Jaral. It then ascends steeply, offering more scenic opportunities before dropping back to pretty Chirche.
Duration: 4 hours
Duration: 4 hours.
Transport/Parking: No Titsa bus service. Find a suitable parking place on-street in Chirche.
Length: 6.870 km / 4.29 mi
Height Gain: 569 meter
Height Loss: 569 meter
Max Height: 871 meter
Min Height: 1333 meter
Surface: Rough. Many sections are very rough and stony.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough paths.
Difficulty: Moderate to high.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Bar Aripe, in Aripe. Various options in Guai de Isora.
Taking all things into account, this is quite a strenuous half-day excursion, rewarded by fabulous wide-open views. The initial ascent out of Chirche offers eye-catching views of the pretty village, orchards and terraces, before opening up towards the mountains, with Pico Viejo most prominent. Soon, you pass an old stone oven and era (threshing circle) just off the path. On the outward leg, the route then traverses along the hillside going south east, crossing over no less than eight barrancos. Some are relatively shallow, others are deeper and more rugged, so your legs will definitely have warmed up by the time you reach the turn-off point for El Jaral in just over 3 kms. Instead of taking the downhill path to El Jaral, however, our route climbs steeply and relentlessly up towards the mountains for a tough 1.3 kms. There are marvellous views, needless to say, particularly of Barranco Llanos on the right, and Montaña Tejina behind. This path is signposted for the forests and barranco of Tágara and, eventually, would take you to the Teide Caldera itself at Montaña Cedro, then on to Boca Tauce! However, our more modest route diverts back, downhill to Chirche, with the rocky depths of Barrancos El Sauce and Tágara on your right shoulder as you descend, and the island of La Gomera seemingly floating over the sea in the distance.