After some confusion in finding the parking area (note to self: read internet directions more thoroughly before leaving home), once found, the trail itself was almost impossible to lose. It was wide, signed, and went mostly straight up from the oceanside in Morro Jable, to a wide ridge leading up to the peak. In fact, the trail, like the good roads on the island, was better than any trail I have followed so far in the UK. It was gently graded, volcanic rock, passing through a few stunted bushes and a whole lot of rocky nothingness. The first ridge overlooked a defunct golf course on the left and an equally defunct quarry on the right.
We got quite lucky with the wind (the island wasn't named "Strong Winds" for nothing), and there was nothing but a gentle breeze as we hiked up the hill. In fact, the warmth and sun made it a spectacular day, and a great hike. It wasn't until the very top that we could see over the lip of the crater and down to the ocean on the other side. Although there is a 4x4 track leading to a small village on the NW side of the peninsula, there are no other roads or settlements. We perched over a sheer drop, to peer in awe at the vista, and we could see miles of untouched coastline. We could even hear the roar of the ocean, as lines of waves rippled into shore. It seemed like a great place for a future backpacking trip, except for an absolute lack of potable water. Hmmm.
|Rob says he looks like he is wearing a diaper here, but really|
it's my favorite new pack, the Nathan Intensity Race Vest.
Sticks like glue to my back when I run, I love it!
Here's the peaks of the Canary Islands, if you are curious:
Tenerife 3,718 m Mt. Teide
La Palma 2,426 m Roque de los Muchachos
Grand Canary 1,949 m Pico de las Nieves
El Hierro 1,500 m Pico de los Malpaso
La Gomera 1,487 m Garajonay
Fuerteventura 812 m Pico de la Zarza
Lanzarote 670 m Penas del Chache
For those of you who are asking why I don't attempt Mt. Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England, and Ben Nevis in Scotland, well, they are on my list as well. It's just not quite as warm and sunny there right now as in the Canaries :)
Facebook photos of the hike, and other adventures on the island are HERE.
|A bit of sparse vegetation (finally) after just bare rocks alongside most of the route.|