This route takes you through the humid pine forest of Icod, along the slopes that descend from Mount Teide and which are often shrouded in a sea of clouds.
This pine forest has two layers:
The first consists exclusively of Canary Island pines, with trees that have naturally regenerated after the forest was cleared, mixed with other large pines known as “parent trees”, the source of the seeds that produced the newer specimens.
The first layer of vegetation comprises faya (Morella faya), tree heath (Erica arborea), acebiño (Ilex canariensis) and laurel (Laurus novocanariensis), accompanied in turn by many other species that contribute to the forest’s great biodiversity. Here you can spot birds such as the blue chaffinch, the great spotted woodpecker, the sparrowhawk, the kestrel and the buzzard.
In this area, as in other parts of the island, pine needle harvesting is common: the needles of pine trees that have fallen to the ground are collected for use in agriculture or livestock farming.
- Always stay on the marked trail observing all traffic rules established in the regulations.
- When parking, keep away from water intakes or firefighting water storage tanks, and do not block the passage of other vehicles or access to the track.
- Be extra careful both at junctions with paths and tracks and on sections shared by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
- Proceed with care to avoid accidents that may be caused by obstacles, landslides and uneven terrain.
- Check our guide to motor vehicle routes and, if necessary, contact the emergency services by calling 112.
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