DIFFICULTY: Extreme (Only for keen sport types). A long, strenuous hike over difficult terrain with constant up and downhill passages. The path itself is rough going most of the time and the last descent is long and steep. A route reserved for well-trained, experienced hikers.
ACCUMULATED ASCENDING LEVEL: 500 mt.
ACCUMULATED DESCENDING LEVEL: 1050 mt.
ESTIMATED TIME OF GOING: 6:00 hrs.
ESTIMATED TIME COMING BACK: 8:00 hrs.
NATURE RESERVES WITHIN THE TRAIL: Parque Nacional de La Caldera de Taburiente.
RECOMMENDED TIME OF THE YEAR: Avoid winter and periods of heavy rain.
GETTING TO THE TRAIL: An arrangement with private vehicles or a taxi is required.
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.
REMARKS: A difficult, compromising and somewhat dangerous route which, nevertheless, is one of the finest on La Palma, due to the wild, solitary surroundings. Hiking experience and competence on steep, difficult terrain are essential.