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3/12/2021 (updated: 12/13/2022) | 13min Reading time

Hiking in the Teno Mountains

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Blick aus der Höhe auf die westliche Teno Gebirge Region mit Wolken. Im Hintergrund La Gomera.

How to easily find your hiking tours on the Seven Islands – today: Hiking in the Teno Mountains

By now I have presented many hiking tours on Tenerife and many of them in the Teno Mountains on the Seven Islands. It is no coincidence that my personal focus is on the Teno Mountains. I live in Los Gigantes and this small town lies directly on the cliffs of Acantilados de Los Gigantes. So I have the Teno Mountains right on my doorstep. So I undertook and still undertake many hiking tours in the Teno Mountains.
Track El Molledo - Risco Blanco - rock plateau and hiking circuit Tamaimo - El Molledo
Track El Molledo - Risco Blanco - rock plateau and hiking circuit Tamaimo - El Molledo
As a result, one hike led to the next. And now there is a good reason to bring some order into the many tours in the Teno Mountains. I have not only divided the hiking tours on Tenerife into different categories (regions), but will also introduce the individual categories in a little more detail in the following blog posts. For you, this means that in the next few articles you will get all the important hiking tours summarised in one category (region). 
Hiking trail at Teno Alto - orienteering now also improved on Seven Islands
Hiking trail at Teno Alto - orienteering now also improved on Seven Islands
This should give you a good overview of walking tours in the individual regions. If I have new and up-to-date information, I will add it. There are also many small and large tours that I have not yet published. I will also refer to these tours and tracks in the categories and will upload the tracks. I have already tidied up the download area on Tenerife. There you will find all tracks in new folders, which are assigned to the corresponding categories and region. Today’s “Overview” article starts with the Teno Mountains.
the white channel
the white channel

Teno Mountains – a paradise for hikers

The Teno Mountains in the northwest of Tenerife belong – like the Anaga Mountains – to the oldest parts of the island. Here the highest mountain is the Great Gala with a height of 1345 metres. The Teno Mountains were formed 17 million years ago as an independent island. It is criss-crossed by a large number of deep gorges (barrancos) of volcanic origin, which drop steeply to the coast. The most famous gorge on the island is the Barranco de Masca. Formerly visited by many hundreds of tourists daily, it was closed for a long time and reopened in 2021.
On the Barranco Seco beach
On the Barranco Seco beach
The gorges of the Teno Mountains drop steeply into the sea in the west at about 600 metres (Acantilados de Los Gigantes). For hikers, the many gorges or ridge walks are therefore particularly interesting. But there are also many attractive hikes on the north side of the Teno Mountains, some of which lead through the cloud forest covered with ferns. In addition, there are numerous tunnel or canal hikes. The Teno Mountains extend from the towns in the north (Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos) to Santiago del Teide and Los Gigantes in the southwest. Within the mountains are many small villages whose inhabitants mainly practise traditional Canarian agriculture. Here, too, there is a lot to discover on the hikes in terms of culture, agriculture, flora and fauna.
Barranco Natero - crevice to avoid
Barranco Natero - crevice to avoid

Teno Mountains and the different hikes

In the following, I have attempted to classify the different hikes in the Teno Mountains. You will find ridge walks, gorge walks, tunnel walks, canal walks, waterfall walks, village and countryside walks, small walks and the special area of Erjos. If a walk meets more than one criterion, I have sometimes included it twice.
Fortaleza de Masca - female hikers with a view to the western edge of the cliff
Fortaleza de Masca - female hikers with a view to the western edge of the cliff

Ridge walks in the Teno Mountains 

Rock steps on the Risco Climb
Rock steps on the Risco Climb
The strong rock arch in El Bujero with a view of the cliff and La Gomera.
The strong rock arch in El Bujero with a view of the cliff and La Gomera.
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Attention: closed since March 2018 by the owner of the goat farm Casas de Arazas.
Barranco Natero - lower section
Barranco Natero - lower section

Gorge hikes in the Teno Mountains

Hiking trail from Teno Alto to Mirador Palmar
Hiking trail from Teno Alto to Mirador Palmar
Attention: this Barranco is closed at the entrance “Guergues Steig) since March 2018 by the owner of the goat farm Casas de Arazas. Alternatively, you can still cross the White Channel to reach the Barranco Natero.
Adventurous hikes in the northern Teno Mountains – circular to special Barranco Itobál and a walk to a rock gate
In some places the gorge of Masca is so narrow that there has been often  small traffic jams
In some places the gorge of Masca is so narrow that there has been often small traffic jams
This hike, which is in itself a large circular hike with the Masca hike, cannot be done at the moment because unfortunately there are no boats from Masca to Los Gigantes. Nevertheless, part 1 of the hike to the village or to the beach of Masca is possible. From there you can either walk back to Santiago del Teide or take the bus. Due to the construction of the motorway, the access route to the Gala Saddle is currently not possible on the former route, but you have to bypass the construction site at the construction fence on the right.
tunnel exit clos to Cuevas Negras
tunnel exit clos to Cuevas Negras

Tunnel hikes in the Teno Mountains

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White Canal in Teno
White Canal in Teno

Canal hikes

Cascada Lomo Morín with a view of the north coast near Los Silos - unfortunately without water since spring 2022
Cascada Lomo Morín with a view of the north coast near Los Silos - unfortunately without water since spring 2022

Waterfall hikes

Cascada Lomo Morín – round hike to a waterfall in the Teno Mountains – unfortunately, there has been no water at this beautiful spot since spring 2022
Tamaimo - View from the ascent of Guama
Tamaimo - View from the ascent of Guama

Villages and landscape

View of the bright volcanic rock Risco Blanco Teno Mountains
View of the bright volcanic rock Risco Blanco Teno Mountains

Small circular hikes

Teno Mountains: Hiking trail over the ridge at the edge of the forest
Teno Mountains: Hiking trail over the ridge at the edge of the forest

Around Erjos

Selection of different hikes around Erjos in the Teno Mountains
Selection of different hikes around Erjos in the Teno Mountains
The forest area around Erjos occupies a large place in my personal hikes. Because in the extensive cloud forests it is wonderfully cool in the hot summer months on Tenerife. In addition, there are always interesting hidden paths and impressive views to discover. The area is also particularly suitable with a dog, as dogs have their shade there and a wooded surface to run on. So it happens that in the area around Erjos – apart from the two tours mentioned above – I have collected a lot of hiking tours and tracks that I have not “yet” presented all on Seven Islands. But from today on you will find these tours in the special folder Erjos. Have fun browsing.
Teno Mountains: A small bridge in the Barranco de Masca
Teno Mountains: A small bridge in the Barranco de Masca

And finally

I hope that this overview will help you a little bit to orientate yourself in the Teno Mountains. Soon I will publish more overviews of the other categories (regions) on Tenerife here on Seven Islands. When that is finished, I will also describe individual tours again. But a blog like this takes time. And besides work, it is not so easy to “squeeze” too much of it for the blog. That’s why I’m all the more pleased about your feedback and the fact that hiking enthusiasts can find their personal hiking tours here. Have fun with your hikes,
Dagmar from Seven Islands

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