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PNT 12 Mirador de Pico Viejo (Pico Viejo Viewpoint)

PNT-12

Nationalpark Teide

Mirador de Pico Viejo
Mirador de Pico Viejo
Mirador de Pico Viejo
Mirador de Pico Viejo
Mirador de Pico Viejo
Mirador de Pico Viejo

Difficulty: Medium

Description

This trail through fumaroles and otherworldly landscapes is a journey through the park’s ancient volcanic eruptions. 

The well-maintained path takes you a short distance from La Rambleta, where the Teide cable car terminus is located, to the Pico Viejo viewpoint. However, the high altitude means less oxygen, so walking it can be tiring. We recommend that you proceed slowly and take as many breaks as you need on your ascent. 

Along the way, take time to marvel at the crater of Montaña Chahorra, also known as the Pico Viejo Volcano, the highlight of this route with its perfect 800-metre diameter mouth that has remained intact for centuries. 

From the viewpoint you can see the lava flow known as Arenas Negras, an intensely dark river of rock from the last volcanic eruption in the Park in 1798 (Las Narices del Teide). And if the day is clear, you can also see the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro in the distance.

Tips

  • 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.

     

Recommendations and tips

Permits

Free access for all visitors, no reservation required.

More information

Technical information sheet

Route information

Walking route

Tenerife ON

Linear

0,72 km

0 h 55 m

20,67 m

66,27 m

One way with fitness level 3/5

  • Altitude gain:20,67 m

  • Altitude loss:66,27 m

  • Maximum altitude:3.552,99 m

  • Minimum altitude:3.498,71 m

Signage

Route code

PNT-12

Signposts and waymarkers with the code of the trail on dark green panels.

Signage

Route map and profile

Elevation profile

Difficulty

Medium *MIDE safe mountain criteria

  • Maximum altitude:3.552,99 m

  • Minimum altitude:3.498,71 m

Connections with other routes

How to get to route start point

La Rambleta.

La Rambleta only accessible via the Teide cable car or on foot from Montaña Blanca, Los Roques de García or Las Narices del Teide.

La Rambleta only accessible via the Teide cable car or on foot from Montaña Blanca, Los Roques de García or Las Narices del Teide. 

How to get to route end point

Pico Viejo Viewpoint.

Pico Viejo Viewpoint only accessible on foot from the end of the PNT 09 trail (Teide - Pico Viejo - Las Narices del Teide Viewpoint).

Pico Viejo Viewpoint only accessible on foot from the end of the PNT 09 trail (Teide - Pico Viejo - Las Narices del Teide Viewpoint).

Municipalities passed through

  • La Orotava

Protected Areas

Transit

Parque Nacional del Teide

The Teide National Park is the best exampleof the high-mountain landscape of the Canary Islands.  It is a breathtaking setting where you can learn about some of the most spectacular volcanic ...

Discover the Protected Area
Parque Nacional del Teide

Transit

Monumento Natural El Teide

Visible from almost any point on the island, the Teide Natural Monument figures prominently in the mythical landscape of Tenerife and of the entire archipelago of the Canary Islands.  It is also of ...

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Monumento Natural El Teide

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