Table of contents
- 1.0Barranco Anosma and Barranco Ijuana
- 2.0Lonely, rugged and little visited – Barranco Anosma
- 3.0General information about the Barranco Anosma hike
- 4.0Hike Barranco Anosma
- 5.0And finally
Barranco Anosma and Barranco Ijuana
Barranco Anosma is located on the eastern side of the Anaga Mountains in Tenerife. It is the last gorge on the east side of the island before the north coast. Many hikers who set off here to the last tip of the island of Tenerife usually continue straight on to Chamorga, which beckons with its many hiking tours. But a stop is worthwhile. If you stop in Lomo de Las Bodegas just before Chamorga, you can hike two gorges at once.
Rock Gate and Barranco Anosma Beach
The longer and far more exciting hike leads into the Barranco de Ijuana and to the beach of the same name. But if I’m honest, on this tour – especially on the last section – you can’t really talk about hiking anymore. To get to the beach, you have to scramble more or less very steeply down to the beach on barely existing paths. This is very exciting for those who love adventure and also like to go down steep slopes. But I have decided not to present this “hike” here in order not to put anyone in danger.
Hiking trail crosses the small streams in the Barranco several times
Lonely, rugged and little visited – Barranco Anosma
But it doesn’t necessarily have to be the Barranco Ijuana. Barranco Anos also has a lot to offer. Whether it is due to its remoteness or its proximity to Chamorga, Barranco Anosma is still relatively quiet. This means that you will probably meet no or very few other hikers. Of course, this can change quickly at any time. But this little gorge is so remote that few hikers are likely to set out for a visit. The last time I was there in February 2023, it was particularly worth seeing. Because the entire Barranco Anosma was green and full of small waterfalls due to the many previous rainfalls.
in the Barranco Anosma you will meet wild goats
When I was last in Barranco Anosma years ago, it looked completely different. But besides the greenery and the water, you also encounter rugged rocks, goats and lonely paths. If the Barranco wasn’t so far away from where I live, I would probably be there once a month. That’s how much I liked it in the lonely gorge. But just make up your own mind and decide whether you too would like to name Barranco Anosma one of your favourite tours on Tenerife.
Track of the hike to Barranco Anosma
General information about the Barranco Anosma hike
Starting point and approach
The starting point of the hike is the small village of Lomo de Las Bodegas (520 metres altitude) near the Anaga mountain road TF-123.
Starting point of the hike in Lomo de las Bodegas
Arrival by car
You can only get to Lomo de Las Bodegas on the Anaga mountain road TF-123, which you take from El Bailadero towards Chamorga. Just before you reach Chamorga, there is a small road to Lomo de Las Bodegas signposted on the right. If you take this road into the village, you will come to a small square. On this square you will usually find a parking space for your vehicle. If this is not the case, you will have to drive back and park at the side of the road.
Arrival by bus
The Titsa bus line 947 stops at Lomo de Las Bodegas. For more information, see the Titsa homepage.
II don’t like to give general times for hiking tours, because the times are very individual. It took me a little over 4 hours and 30 minutes to cover the entire distance, including a break at the beach.
Altitude profile of the Barranco Anosma hike
Altitude difference and route length
The difference in altitude is about 700 metres up and down. And the route is just under 10 kilometres long.
In my opinion, this is a difficult hike, as the paths are not always easy to find and are also quite steep at times. You should be sure-footed and have a head for heights.
I did not see any refreshment stops in Lomo de Las Bodegas. Therefore, please take enough water and, if necessary, food with you for the hike.
In my opinion, this hike cannot be combined further. But nearby you will find the hike into the Barranco Ijuana mentioned above. And in Chamorga, very close by, I have published these hikes on SiebenInseln:
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Sección de la ruta Aparcamiento del Lomo de Las Bodegas a la cresta sobre el Barranco Corral Viejo
You start your hike at the end of the road in Lomo de Las Bodegas in the car park. A little way back on the road, a yellow and white hiking trail to Chamorga turns off to the right. You go down a flight of stairs and then immediately keep left on the yellow and white trail. On the right you go down to the Ermita de Santiago Apóstol.
the small village of Lomo de las Bodegas in the Anaga above the Barranco Anosma
Follow the path straight on to the other side of the slope. After a short while, a small concrete path branches off to the right into the terraced fields. Follow this and leave the signposted trail to Chamorga, which continues to climb straight ahead. At the first fork, keep to the right and follow the path along the slope. Go through a small gate, come out of the gardens and terraced fields and continue along the path to the end of a small ridge above the Barranco del Corral Viejo.
Small waterfall in the Barranco del Corral Viejo - close to the waterfall you have to cross to the right side of the gorge.
Route section ridge over Barranco Corral Viejo to Barranco Anosma streambed
The path leads you first to the left through the slope. And then it goes straight down into the Barranco Corral Viejo. There below, at least in February 2023, I encountered a lot of water. Years ago, there was only a small rivulet flowing there. In February, there was a powerful waterfall there. You can easily get lost here, as there also seems to be a path leading straight ahead. However, you have to cross the barranco (with or without water).
Hikers on the way through the Barranco Anosma
Since there are enough stones and the stream is not very wide, this should not be a problem. After scrambling a little on the right side along or on the rocks, you will come to a small path. This takes you steeply up the slope on the right. At the top of the ridge you have a beautiful view of the Barranco Anosma in front of you. You descend into the gorge, initially following the path along the right side of the slope. Eventually you will come to a ridge with a prominent rock. From there, the path takes you down to the bed of the Barranco Anosma.
near the beach of the Barranco Anosma
Barranco Anosma streambed to Playa Anosma section
Here the gorge is narrow and the path between the jagged rocks above the water is really impressive. It runs for quite a while on the left side above the stream bed. Then it changes to the right side of the Barranco Anosma. You can look out for cairns or yellow colour markings. The path is not always easy to find – especially with a lot of water in the barranco. On the right side you climb up a small ridge to avoid the waterfalls that lie below you on the left in the barranco.
On the other side, you descend again into the Barranco Anosma, which you follow further down the valley. The path changes barranco sides a few times. Every now and then there are actually different options. Look carefully and be careful. Slowly you will notice that you are approaching the Atlantic Ocean. At the end you walk on the right side of the Barranco Anosma. The last stretch to the beach is steep and sloping. You pass a rock gate above the beach. And then you have made it and are at Playa Anosma.
I hope you enjoyed this not so easy but quite impressive hike in the lonely Barranco Anosma. If you encounter more or less water there or have other things to say, I always look forward to your comments. Have fun hiking,
Dagmar from SiebenInseln
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