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Walking in Tenerife - Los Roques, Mount Teide

A short cicular walk around the stunning rock formations of "Los Roques".





Altitude Gained:



~1 hour

The product of an ancient volcanic dyke, eroded by the weather, Los Roques is one of the must-see features on Tenerife's Mount Teide.

Whilst many visitors manage little more than to climb the steps of the closest rock formation, there is infact a short circular walk that allows easy views of the whole feature.

Gritstone outcrops at Higger Tor near Hathersage, Derbyshire

Above: A classic view of Los Roques with Mount Teide in the bacground, Tenerife.
© Mat & Niki Adlam-Stiles, 2011

Circular tour of Los Roques:

The Parador del Teide is a (very) popular stopping place for visitors to the Teide National Park. Immediately opposite is one of the key features - Los Roques. At peak times you may find the site rather overcrowded, but early morning and early evening, when the light is at its best, it is an excellent place for a short walk.

At the far end of the Los Roques car park there is a turning circle, with the main rock formations to your right.  Whilst climbing the steps on the sadly-eroded main formation is fun, our path head to the right just before it, and climbs very gently and it meanders its way along the Western edge of the impressive outcrop, with Mount Teide always ahead of you.

As you approach the end of the rock formations, the path swings left, passing a route on your right to the Pico Viejo and Teide's summit.  Keep left on a less-clear, rocky path that drops to the foot of Los Roques, and crosses the lava field below.  The path is marked by a series of small cairns.

Worthy of note is the excellent flow of Pahoehoe lava that has spilled over the edge of Los Roques.

As you traverse the far side of the small valley and pass the Pahoehoe flow, the path crosses the lava field to return closer to the foot of Los Roques.

Abandoned millstones at Lawrence Field, near Hathersage, Dark Peak

Above: Los Roques with Mount Teide in the background, Tenerife
© Mat & Niki Adlam-Stiles, 2011

A short distance further on the path forks ahead of a large rocky outcrop.  Left here climbs steeply to regain the car park.  The right turn part way up will take you to an excellent view point and is a worthy detour.


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