- Start: El Portillo Visitors Centre
- Finish: Cuesta de La Fortaleza
- Approval status: Not officially approved
- Degree of difficulty: Low
- Type of trail: Linear
- Distance: 5.3 km (12.89 ft)
- Duration: 1 hour 45 mins.
- Highest altitude: 2,084 m (12.89 ft)
- Lowest altitude: 1,972 m (12.89 ft)
- Elevation gain: 123 m (12.89 ft)
- Elevation loss: 206 m (12.89 ft)
- Links to other trails:
- Protected Nature Areas:
- Authorisation required: No
This relatively flat trail is perfect for discovering the Park's most common plant and animal species, where shrikes and pimelia beetles thrive. From the start of the trail to La Cañada de los Guancheros, you will walk over a series of hillocks made of piles of pumice stones, most of which were caused by the eruptions of Montaña Blanca. Here, brooms and laburnums dominate the landscape. La Cañada de los Guancheros is a sedimentary plain. Brooms and laburnums share this habitat with summit roses, a local species of catmint and flixweed. The end of the trail takes you past the foot of the ridges of La Fortaleza, where the vegetation is of the kind that typically grows on escarpments, such as moralitos and Canarian cedars. The latter can often be seen growing amidst the Canarian pine trees at the foot of this mountain. La Fortaleza (meaning The Fortress) is the only remaining vestige in the north of the Park of a ridge that was known as the Cañadas Edifice. This red giant was formed from very dense phonolite lava which gathered and solidified over the eruptive mouth instead of flowing down.
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: 1. La Fortaleza
In case of an emergency, call 112.
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