This route runs along the La Fortaleza path for the first 20 minutes, before splitting off at a fork near Roque del Peral.
From here the trail continues almost straight on, but constantly climbing up to Montaña Blanca, where the slope becomes steeper.
This is a route with historical value as it is the old footpath used by the first explorers and the sulphur and ice collectors on their ascents of Mount Teide.
The first section runs over pumice stone deposits and plantlife consists of Teide sticky broom or codeso (Adenocarpus viscosus) and Teide white broom or retama (Spartocytisus supranubius). In the middle section is the Montaña de los Tomillos, a volcanic cone that stands out against the landscape due to its dark colour. And in the final stretch, close to the Montaña Blanca track, the vegetation begins to thin out due to the altitude and strong winds over a terrain of pumice deposits, although you will find the botanical jewel of the park, the Teide violet (Viola cheiranthifolia), growing here.
- Always stay on the marked trail and do not enter private property, hunting grounds, water galleries, wells or caves.
- Pay special attention when crossing or walking along trails used by bicycles, horses or motor vehicles and when walking in ravines with water courses.
- Avoid direct encounters with potentially dangerous animals, such as livestock, beehives, and dogs.
- Proceed with caution and watch for obstacles, loose rocks, uneven terrain or steep slopes to avoid accidents and falls.
- Check out our guide to hiking in Tenerife and, if necessary, contact the emergency services by calling 112.