Hiking and Hill Walking in Tenerife

A walk through the pine forests of Tenerife: Las Lajas – Ifonche

Posted on August 7th, 2008 by David Parkes in Recent Walks
Forestry track in the Tenerife Pine Forests

A forestry track in the Tenerife Pine Forests

This fairly easy walk starts at Las Lajas barbeque area and camp site in the Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal about 10Km above Vilaflor deep in the pine forests of Tenerife’s southern slope. We descend down forestry tracks through the pine forests towards our destination, the village of Ifonche which is some 1,000 metres below us.

The first leg of our journey is very easy going, a long slow descent from Las Lajas (2,000 metres) along a really good dirt track, which is popular with mountain bikers at weekends, particularly during winter, but in the heat of the August sun, completely abandoned. The smell of the pine trees is thick in the dry air and the bright sunshine abounds, though on another day you might find misty clouds rushing up the hillside to greet you. As we descend we get a fleeting glimpse of our destination between the trees, the Pasaije Natural Protegido (Protected Natural Space) of Ifonche is visible and beyond it in the haze the tourist resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas.

After about 2 hours we find our view has been obscured by the mound of Alto de Chimoche, a rounded hill rising to 1,500 metres, though as we have descended from above it, we are stood on its back and from our perspective its a modest 50 metre hump on the landscape.

Looking across to Baranco del Rey as we arrive in Ifonche

Looking across to Baranco del Rey as we arrive in Ifonche

From here we pick up a footpath with is absent from most maps, or incorrectly marked as is the case with the IGN (Spanish Geographical Survey) maps, this narrow footpath takes us around the side of Alto de Chimoche and decends down its southern face through thick pine forests. Finally we descend into a deep valley and follow a path alongside a dry riverbed to some of the outlying farmsteads of Ifonche.

This is not a route to be rushed as the 342 bus drops you in Las Lajas around 10:30 and the first bus back from Ifonche is the returning 342 bus which passes at about 16:45. (NB: The Ifonche bus stop is on the main road to Vilaflor, the bus does not come into the village.) As the route can be completed within 4 hours unless you have private transport, its well worth eating a late lunch or enjoying a refreshing beer in one the tipico restaurants in Ifonche. Or if you are feeling exceptionally energetic you may wish to continue the walk on down to Arona.

Walking Route: Las Lajas Ifonche
Distance: 12km (7.5 miles approx) +3Km for bus
Descent: 1,000 metres (3300 feet)
Grading: Easy-Moderate

NB: This distance is an approximation based on the time it took me to complete the walk. My maps are not accurate enough for me to trace a distance measurement. The route could be as long as 15Km, excluding the walk out of Ifonche to the bus stop.

Alternative strenous route, do the walk in reverse.

  1. 4 Responses to “A walk through the pine forests of Tenerife: Las Lajas – Ifonche”

  2. By steve phelps on Feb 18, 2012

    Hi I have lived on tenerife for some 8 years now and i am ashamed to say i have never used any of the walks you have described however a friend of mine is organising a charity trek for the help the heroes fund and would like to do with others a circular walk around the island or maybe just the higher pine forests below teide it would need to be challenging and possibly take 2/3 days with overnight stays in lodges tents or rural hotels would such a route exist and if so how long and where many thanks if we do carry this out we will obviously contact you
    Steve Phelps

  3. By dexter on Apr 21, 2012

    we tried the walk yesterday,
    from las lajas,
    very lovely,
    but ended up in villaflor,
    still very enjoyable,
    not sure where we went wrong,
    any suggestions,
    warmly appreciated,
    cheers,
    dexie

  4. By caroline newland on Dec 29, 2012

    would like to try this walk in Feb2013

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