SAN MIGUEL 2 - LAS LAJAS TRAIL - Trails - Tenerife

San Miguel 2 - Las Lajas Trail

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Technical information

  • Start: Casa del Capitán (San Miguel)
  • Finish: TF-657 road, Aldea Blanca
  • Approval status:
  • Degree of difficulty: Low
  • Type of trail: Linear
  • Distance: 4.1 km (12.89 ft)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Highest altitude: 597 m (12.89 ft)
  • Lowest altitude: 212 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation gain: 32 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation loss: 406 m (12.89 ft)
  • Links to other trails:
  • Authorisation required: No

Trail description

The pathway of Camino de Las Lajas leads from the historic quarter of San Miguel to the village of Aldea Blanca on a gentle climb across the ravines. This pathway was once used by goat herders, who would guide their flocks up to Las Cañadas to feed on the mountain pastures in summer, then down to the coast in winter. Mule drivers also used this path to guide their mules, horses and camels loaded with goods for trading, and the locals would carry the bodies of their deceased down to the cemetery of San Miguel, earning it the name of "Pathway of the Dead". The trail starts in the town of San Miguel, leading you down towards Montaña Ifaya and the Las Piteras ravine, past volcanic cones and tongues of basalt lava, sprinkled with pumice stones. The path is still paved with the original stones in some places, including cobbles and carved basalt slabs. Other sections of the path are paved with tuff stones from southern Tenerife. Around the area of Lomo del Medio, the width of the path varies, with dry stone walls at the sides and irregular ashlar made of local stones that mark the path and prevent the livestock from roaming onto the neighbouring properties. As you descend, the landscape of Aldea Blanca and the municipal coast unfolds before your eyes.

Hypsometry

Altimetría San Miguel 2 - Sendero de Las Lajas 

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: Chasna - Isora
  • About the competent authority: San Miguel 2 - Las Lajas Trail

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Remember: Prevention, Information and Knowledge are the key to avoiding unpleasant situations.
  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.