SL-TF 151.3 Ruigómez - Lomo Molino

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Trail description

This walk reveals fantastic views of the municipality, from Isla Baja to El Teide. Weather permitting, you will be able to see out over Isla Baja, the historic heart of El Tanque and El Tanque Alto, the hillside farmland that the municipality is set in and the majestic peak of Pico Teide. In 1883, British traveller Olivia Stone came to this very place: "We stopped again to rest above the village of Tanque Bajo. Beneath us lies the fertile valley or plain of La Caleta, which stretches all the way to Buenavista. Leaving the sea behind us and moving away from the coast, we took a path through walled fields and reached El Tanque, 1,850 feet above sea level, at 4 pm. Since this was the only place where our men could get food, we stopped and had something to eat". The hamlet of Ruigómez has largely been dedicated to farming, which is why one of its main festivities is held in honour of the patron saint San Isidro Labrador, which takes place on the third weekend in May. From the church square, cross at the zebra crossing and walk about 300 yards southwest along the pavement of Avenida Oriente, then carefully cross the road again to take Camino de la Encrucijada. After another 300 yards or so on this track, head northwards along an earth track that leads to the El Cubo gulley, past fields of crops. The trail runs parallel to the Las Lajas ravine, beside the fertile lands of Antón Martín, where you will begin a sharp ascent towards the northeast until you reach Las Donis. Walk on along Calle La Asomada for about 200 yards and turn left along a path that goes up towards the ridge of Lomo de Los Loros, where the old fountain of Las Llaves stands, though it is no longer in use. From here, you will see some of the most beautiful views of the municipality, set against the backdrop of the Atlantic on one side and El Teide on the other, as you journey slowly down towards the Lomo Molino Lookout Point.


Altimetría SL-TF 151.3 Ruigómez - Lomo Molino 

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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.

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Weather Today
Maximum: 25º
Minimum: 18º
El Tanque. Cloudy with drizzle all Saturday long. In the evening, occasional light rain or drizzle. 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.