30. LOS VALLES - Trails - Tenerife

30. Los Valles

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Technical information

  • Start: The mines of San José
  • Finish: Risco Verde - Cañada de Las Pilas
  • Approval status: Not officially approved
  • Degree of difficulty: Low
  • Type of trail: Linear
  • Distance: 5.0 km (12.89 ft)
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 mins.
  • Highest altitude: 2,297 m (12.89 ft)
  • Lowest altitude: 2,056 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation gain: 66 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation loss: 299 m (12.89 ft)
  • Links to other trails:
  • Protected Nature Areas:
  • Authorisation required: No

Trail description

This easy trail takes you down from the car park area of the Mines of San José, in the middle of the National Park, all the way to Siete Cañadas Trail 4, at the foot of Risco Verde in La Cañada de las Pilas. The first stretch crosses an area which, for years, was used for extracting pumice stones, before descending through Los Valles (The Valleys) until it reaches La Cañada de Las Pilas, at the foot of the walls of La Caldera de Las Cañadas. Along the way, you will see many of the most typical plants that live in Canarian high mountain habitats, as well as some traces of how the area was used before being declared a National Park, such as chopping down broom bushes for firewood.

Hypsometry

Altimetría 30. Los Valles 

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: 30. Los Valles

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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.