- Start: Ruigómez
- Finish: Lomo Molino
- Approval status: Approved
- Degree of difficulty: Low
- Type of trail: Linear
- Distance: 4 km (12.89 ft)
- Duration: 1 hour 30 mins.
- Highest altitude: 896 m (12.89 ft)
- Lowest altitude: 637 m (12.89 ft)
- Elevation gain: 82.2 m (12.89 ft)
- Elevation loss: 325 m (12.89 ft)
- Links to other trails:
- Authorisation required: No
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.
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.
In case of an emergency, call 112.
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