Tenerife – Hiking in the Teno Mountains

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

Track El Molledo - Risco Blanco - rock plateau and hiking circuit Tamaimo - El Molledo

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.

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

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 Teno Mountains – a paradise for hikers

Teno Mountains in the northwest of Tenerife belong – like the Anaga Mountains – to the oldest parts of the island. 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 has now been closed for several years and is awaiting reopening.

On the Barranco Seco beach

Summary information about the article and a large selection of GPS hiking tracks are availableRegister now for my newsletter and get exclusive access to my collected GPS tracks as well as all short information about my articles.

REGISTER NOW

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

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

Ridge walks in the Teno Mountains 

Fortaleza de Masca – a striking ridge in the Teno Mountains

High-altitude hike above Los Carrizales (Abache trail)

Summary information about the article and a large selection of GPS hiking tracks are availableRegister now for my newsletter and get exclusive access to my collected GPS tracks as well as all short information about my articles.

REGISTER NOW

Ridge walk with ascent of the Baracán

Hike to the Cuevas Negras on the northern slopes of the Teno Mountains

Rock steps on the Risco Climb

Risco Climb – Rock walk in the northwest of Tenerife

Challenging circular hike via Teno Alto and the Risco Climb

The strong rock arch in El Bujero with a view of the cliff and La Gomera.

El Bujero – rock gate with fantastic views

Summary information about the article and a large selection of GPS hiking tracks are availableRegister now for my newsletter and get exclusive access to my collected GPS tracks as well as all short information about my articles.

REGISTER NOW

Guergues Steig – Fascinating high-altitude hike above the Masca Gorge

Attention: closed since March 2018 by the owner of the goat farm Casas de Arazas.

Soon I will present another impressive circular hike on the Seven Islands, which leads you from El Molledo over the Risco Blanco over exposed paths and steep rocks back to Santiago del Teide. You can already find the track for the hike in the download area.

Barranco Natero - lower section

Gorge hikes in the Teno Mountains

Impressive circular hike over Los Carrizales

Hiking trail from Teno Alto to Mirador Palmar

Great circular hike over the White Channel and the Barranco Natero

Summary information about the article and a large selection of GPS hiking tracks are availableRegister now for my newsletter and get exclusive access to my collected GPS tracks as well as all short information about my articles.

REGISTER NOW

Barranco Natero Adventurous gorge hike – it doesn’t always have to be Masca

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.

Hike through the Masca Gorge – Circular Hike Part 2

Adventurous hikes in the northern Teno Mountains – circular to special Barranco Itobál and a walk to a rock gate

Barranco de los Cochinos – an adventurous hike through a wild gorge

In some places the gorge of Masca is so narrow that there has been a small traffic jam - at the moment it is closed

Attention: the Barranco of Masca was closed since 26.2.2018 and in March 2021 it is reopened.

Hikes through the Teno Mountains – Circular Hike Part 1

This hike, which together with the Masca hike is a large circular hike, cannot be done at the moment because of the closure of the Masca Barranco. Nevertheless, part 1 of the hike is possible up to the village of Masca. 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 path, but you have to bypass the construction site at the construction fence on the right.

Adventurous water walk through a tunnel

Hike to the Cuevas Negras on the northern slopes of the Teno Mountains

Pure adventure – dark tunnels and breath-taking steep cliffs

tunnel exit clos to Cuevas Negras

Tunnel hikes in the Teno Mountains

Adventurous water walk through a tunnel

Great circular walk through the White Channel and the Barranco Natero

Pure adventure – dark tunnels and breath-taking steep cliffs

White Canal in Teno

Canal hikes

Great circular hike over the White Channel and the Barranco Natero

Pure adventure – dark tunnels and breathtaking cliffs

Cascada Lomo Morín with a view of the north coast near Los Silos

Waterfall hikes

Cascada Lomo Morín – round hike to a waterfall in the Teno Mountains

Summary information about the article and a large selection of GPS hiking tracks are availableRegister now for my newsletter and get exclusive access to my collected GPS tracks as well as all short information about my articles.

REGISTER NOW

Impressive circular hike above Los Carrizales

Tamaimo - View from the ascent of Guama

Villages and landscape

Circular hike in the northern Teno Mountains around Ruigómez

Great circular hike through Tamaimo and tranquil Canarian villages

View of the bright volcanic rock Risco Blanco Teno Mountains

Small circular hikes

Hiking around the white volcanic rock Risco Blanco

Hiking in the southern Teno Mountains

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

Around Erjos

Adventurous water walk through a tunnel

Hiking to the Cuevas Negras on the northern slopes of 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 - hopefully soon passable again

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

Summary information about the article and a large selection of GPS hiking tracks are availableRegister now for my newsletter and get exclusive access to my collected GPS tracks as well as all short information about my articles.

REGISTER NOW

Leave a Reply