02. Arenas Negras

Technical information

Trail description

The trail climbs upwards bordering the El Cerrillar Mountain, surrounded by broom bushes which have set their roots into the pumice covered ground. At the top, the trail provides a breathtaking view of the National Park and of the Llano de Maja plain. From here, you will probably be able to witness the effect of the trade winds pushing the clouds up the Valley of La Orotava to create a fluffy white blanket below you. You might also glimpse the island of La Palma, as well as the Izaña astronomy observatory and weather station to the east. The descent takes you down the outside of the crater and past the Arenas Negras volcanoes, a series of lapilli cones with sparse vegetation. Please take care on this stretch as the slope is as steep as 60% in some places. The path leads to Siete Cañadas (trail number 4), which takes you back to the El Portillo Visitors Centre. The most abundant plantlife on the trail consists of broom bushes, laburnums, summit roses and flixweed. In terms of wildlife, you are likely to see chiffchaffs, kestrels and Berthelot's pipits in the flatter areas.


Altimetría 2. Arenas Negras 

For your own safety, don't forget to check the condition of the trail.

The competent authority will be responsible for informing you if the trail is not recommendable in the wake of adverse weather conditions, as well as if the trail or part of it is closed, etc.

  • Competent authority: Teide National Park
  • About the competent authority: 2. Arenas Negras

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Weather Today
Maximum: 23º
Minimum: 16º
Orotava (La). There will be middle and high cloud cover on Wednesday morning. As the hours pass by skies will could over. Temperatures will remain unchanged.
Remember: Prevention, Information and Knowledge are the key to avoiding unpleasant situations.
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  1. Make sure you always have somebody else to walk with, stick to the marked footpaths and respect the way of life, privacy and property of the local inhabitants.
  2. If you keep your noise levels down, you will discover just how much life there is all around you.
  3. Take any rubbish with you, even organic waste. This will help preserve the beauty of the scenery and prevent the proliferation of rodents in the area. Take special care with cigarette butts.
  4. Picking up plants, animals or other items from the environment may entail the loss of irreplaceable resources.
  5. The people who take care of these Protected Nature Areas would be very grateful if you let them know about any incidents you may have noticed on your walk. To do so, contact the Environmental Department of the Island Council of Tenerife:

    Área de Medio Ambiente del Cabildo Insular de Tenerife


  6. Remember that the Island's environment is as unique as it is unpredictable. It must be enjoyed responsibly and sensibly. Take special care in natural areas and don't forget that accidents can happen at any time.
  7. Pay attention to signs.
  8. Check the weather forecast to make sure the conditions are suitable.
  9. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for hiking and always pack your mobile phone, sunscreen, a hat, a coat, a waterproof, enough food and plenty of water in your backpack.
  10. Let your family and/or friends know which route you will be taking and bear in mind how many daylight hours you will need to complete it.