(98) El Jaral-Las Tres Cruces Circular (Guia de Isora)

Route Summary
Over a short distance there is a reasonably demanding overall ascent of almost 250 m that makes the route feel longer than it is. Wedged between two impressive barrancos, this hike above pretty El Jaral offers fine views in all aspects.

Duration: 2 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 2 hours.
Transport/Parking: No Titsa bus service. You will likely get parked close to the start-point in El Jaral.
Length: 2.710 km / 1.69 mi
Height Gain: 234 meter
Height Loss: 234 meter
Max Height: 1015 meter
Min Height: 830 meter
Surface: Rough.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough paths.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Traditional guachinche “Ventorrillo El Jaral”, if open, or cafes in Tejina or Guia de Isora.

Description
This is a short circular walk from the pretty hill village of El Jaral, high above the west coast of Tenerife, not far from Guia de Isora. The focal point of the walk is an imposing set of three wooden crosses on a hilltop above the deep and rugged Barranco Ramallo. The first half of the walk involves a fairly steep ascent, passing some well-tended farm terraces with vines and vegetable crops. On the morning we walked the route the farmer was calling to his herd of goats as they climbed in and out of Barranco Ramallo. He told us they return of their own accord in the early afternoon! At the mid-point of the walk, heading south-east by then in the direction of El Choro and Las Fuentes we are confronted by another spectacular barranco – named El Pozo or Achatay depending on which map you read. Here, a partly overgrown and, at times, indistinct path takes us back to El Jaral, with marvellous views looking down on the village from an abandoned era (stone threshing circle). Despite the proximity of El Jaral at all times, the walk feels quite wild and remote in places.

Links:
Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
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