Walk in , ascent 1455m, length 35.9km
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GSheehy: Track 4082 in area near Spain, Canary Islands ()
El Hierro - Island Traverse
Length: 35.9km, Creator time taken: 6h41m, Ascent: 1455m,
Descent: 1487m

Places: Start at Lon -18.1463, Lat 27.7063, end at Lon -17.9089, Lat 27.7796 25km E from Start
Logged as completed by 1

Getting There :

I took the (2h 45min) ferry from Tenerife/Los Cristianos to Puerto de la Estaca. I believe there may also be a ferry from Santa Cruz to La Restinga. Or you can fly to the island from Tenerife.

SW towards Faro de Orchilla

Getting Around :

There is a bus service on the island but it wasn’t practical for what I wanted to do. The routes are limited. Taxi suited me - from the port to the hotel and from the hotel to the start of the walk. There’s a co-operative that runs the taxi, bus and car rental service called Trans Hierro.

Sabinosa from 980m

Staying There :

I stayed in Valverde on the evening before the walk. Plenty of options there and folk at Trans Hierro can help with that, particularly if you’re booking their service before you go.

Mountain bikers heading to Malpaso

The Walk :

I was walking at 06:50 so I had about two hours walking before the sun hit me. I was shaded from it by the mountains walking from West to East. It’s a gradual 16 km climb - from 120m to the high point at 1,501m and the terrain changes a few times along the way (see images).

Volcanic Crater at Hoya de Fileba

Came across two sources of water (actual taps) along the route. First at Cruz de los Humilladeros and Cruz de los Reyas, both above 1,200m.

West of San Andrés

I left the GR 131 at Tinor as I changed my mind about the finish. It was a rugged, steep and oven hot descent. Probably nicer to go up that way, early in the day, than come down it.

The tracks are pretty well marked and the terrain is varied. Fewer tourists so more farming activity going on. Saw seven people on foot and and seven mountain bikers over the 36km. I think you’d need the cúpla focail de Espanol as the native tendency is to not converse in English, at all.

Uploaded on: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 (12:04:07)
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