36. Alto de La Fortaleza

Technical information

  • Start: Degollada del Cedro
  • Finish: Degollada del Cedro
  • Approval status: Not officially approved
  • Degree of difficulty: Low
  • Type of trail: Circular
  • Distance: 2.7 km (12.89 ft)
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 mins.
  • Highest altitude: 2,134 m (12.89 ft)
  • Lowest altitude: 2,087 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation gain: 83 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation loss: 83.3 m (12.89 ft)
  • Links to other trails:
  • Protected Nature Areas:
  • Authorisation required: No

Trail description

This is a circular trail that forms a sort of crown around Alto de La Fortaleza. It starts in Degollada del Cedro, between La Fortaleza and El Cabezón, and crosses the plateau of Alto de La Fortaleza. In the evening, this is a great walk for watching the sun set behind the island of La Palma, highlighting its dark silhouette against the horizon. You will also see the dense Canarian pine forest covering the ground all the way from the back of La Fortaleza to the foothills of the Teno Mountain Range, following the peaks of Abeque. Here, the vegetation has grown stunted but nonetheless produces bright colours in spring. Most of the species are more typically found in the Canarian mountains than in the neighbouring pine forests. The southern stretch of the trail travels past the rock face of La Fortaleza. Once you reach the highest point of the trail (2,135 m - 7,005 ft ASL), you will be able to peer out over a privileged balcony standing some 100 m (330 ft) above La Cañada de Los Guancheros, which opens out beneath you. From here, the view of El Teide is simply spectacular.


Altimetría 36. Alto de La Fortaleza 

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.

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Weather Today
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Minimum: 15º
Orotava (La). The weather will be fine on Monday morning. As the hours pass by, thin high cloud. 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.