Las Lajas Parque Recreativo (Vilaflor) to the Sombrero de Chasna
This is a walk that has a wow factor at any time of year, but after Mt Teide has had some snow, the view at the top of the walk is that much better. So yesterday (10th January) we decided to go on it, from the barbecue park of Las Lajas, above Vilaflor, around km 59 on the main road from Vilaflor to Boca de Tauce and Teide.
One of our group had noticed recently that there is now a new path going from the BBQ park to the point where we start the climb towards the Sombrero de Chasna. Before we used to walk down the road for nearly a kilometre to reach the start of the path, which is by a couple of ruined cottages. However, now there is a much better start to this walk, with a pleasant stroll through the pine forest, just below the road, which then crosses underneath the road to the start of the climb. The path starts by the toilets, which you can find by following the path from a sign saying ‘W.C.’ from the parking area.
From the ruined cottages the path begins to climb gently but soon splits up into various routes. We took a left turn, marked with large white paint arrows, which climbs quite steeply on a very clear path, however, going straight on is probably a gentler climb, and does join up with the same path higher up.
The path climbs through the pine forest and usually there are fine views to the coast, but yesterday they were blanked out by dust in the air due to a calima (weather from the east with saharan dust). Then the circular rocky outcrop, shaped a bit like a hat, which is Sombrero de Chasna comes into view, across a valley. Soon afterwards the path goes along a flatter piece of ridge with some fine old pines with old circular enclosures beneath them, probably a relic of the pastoral use the forest was formerly put to. Then, the top of the walk, comes into sight, the edge of the caldera wall around Las Cañadas.
The last bit of the climb is steep, zig-zagging up a pumice slope, and as you approach the top you get a glimpse of the top of Mt Teide, and then more and more of it till you reach the edge of the caldera. There was snow lying in the dips, and shaded points on the climb, and on the north-facing cliffs of the caldera wall, and dusting the tops of Mt Teide, Mt Blanca, and Mt Guajara.
We walked along the edge of the caldera a short distance, enjoying the fabulous views, had our lunch break, and then descended towards the Sombrero. On this occasion we did not climb it, but passed by the path up it, and continued down into the valley below it. Here the path is quite rough and rocky, then arrives at a fork, where we took the right turn to rise gently back to the ridge we walked up. We walked down the ridge a short distance and then turned right onto path no 31, next to a map signboard, to continue our descent directly back to the BBQ park.
This walk was 9.67 km (6 miles) long with 513 m (1260ft) of accumulated ascent. It took our group about 3.5 hrs.
A GPS track of this walk can be found at the following link:
The track can be viewed there on various maps, and printed out if required.
Posted on January 11, 2015, in South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged hiking, Las Cañadas del Teide, Las Lajas parque recreativo, senderismo, Sombrerito, Sombrero de Chasna, Tenerife, walking. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.