GR 131. STAGE 3: REFUGIO DEL PILAR - FUENCALIENTE

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  • DISTANCE: 23.70 kms
  • DIFFICULTY: High (Trained hikers). Heat, lack of water and wind can produce dehydration although in winter it can be cold. The route is of an overall downhill trend, despite having a considerable ascent at first. It is one of the most popular paths on La Palma, where walkers are always to be seen.Since it is one of the most frequented paths, the following advice is aimed at walkers with only limited experience. The walk should only be attempted with suitable equipment. Waterproofs and warm clothing in winter, a hat, sunglasses and sunblock at all times of year, good footwear and, above all, plenty of water. Food should also be carried and, as an extra safety measure, a mobile phone. Do not set off too late – nine o´clock in the morning is a good time – to avoid spending the hottest hours of the day crossing the most desolate areas.
  • NATURE RESERVES WITHIN THE TRAIL: Parque Natural de Cumbre Vieja. Monumento Natural de Los Volcanes de Teneguía. Sitio de Interés Científico de Las Salinas de Fuencaliente.
  • RECOMMENDED TIME OF THE YEAR:All year round except the hottest summer days
  • GETTING TO THE TRAIL: A support vehicle is required or, alternatively, a taxi can be booked.
  • BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS: Habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below. At the risk of sounding obvious, here are some of the most important:

    • Check weather forecasts before setting off to hike.
    • Don´t go alone.
    • Tell someone your intended destination and expected time of arrival.
    • Carry a small rucksack with warm clothing, waterproofs, food and plenty of water. 
    • Don´t forget such simple items as: sun hat, protective cream and sun glasses.
    • Carry a mobile phone with fully-charged battery, a map and, if possible, a compass. They will probably never be used but, when required, are of vital importance.
    • Wear suitable gear, especially footwear: trekking boots or similar are essential, trainers or pumps are to be avoided, habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below.