31. Cumbres de Ucanca

Technical information

  • Start: Cañada del Capricho
  • Finish: Sombrero de Chasna
  • Approval status: Not officially approved
  • Degree of difficulty: High
  • Type of trail: Linear
  • Distance: 8.1 km (12.89 ft)
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 mins.
  • Highest altitude: 2,484 m (12.89 ft)
  • Lowest altitude: 2,136 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation gain: 726 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation loss: 510 m (12.89 ft)
  • Links to other trails:
  • Protected Nature Areas:
  • Authorisation required: No

Trail description

This entire trail is a lookout point, affording broad and breathtaking views of the inner side of La Caldera de Las Cañadas and of Tenerife's southern slopes. El Teide and Pico Viejo are two prominent sights on that picture postcard, as is the short tongue of lava known as Sombrero de Chasna. The trail begins in the area known as El Capricho from Siete Cañadas Trail 4, journeying up an old and very windy pathway to La Degollada de Ucanca, with a gain of nearly 300 m (985 ft). It then leads you across the peaks of Cumbres de Ucanca before descending to the edge of Teide National Park. You will be guided past Sombrero de Chasna and on to the ridge of Lomo del Asiento, also known as Los Pegueros, where the greenery changes to reveal old twisted Canarian pine trees. The trail can either take you down to Vilaflor or onto a trail that branches off to the left, reaching the Las Lajas Recreation Area.


Altimetría 31. Cumbres de Ucanca 

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
Maximum: 25º
Minimum: 20º
Orotava (La). Clouds will alternate with sunshine on Sunday morning. As the hours pass by the weather will be fine. Mild temperature raising.
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.