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GSheehy: Track 4585 in area near Spain ()
Punta del Hidalgo / Cruz del Carmen Loop
Length: 22.6km, Creator time taken: 5h56m, Ascent: 1350m,
Descent: 1362m

Places: Start at Lon -16.3181, Lat 28.571, end at Lon -16.3254, Lat 28.5687 758m W from Start
Logged as completed by 2

I did this track in reverse in 2013 but didn’t record it as I didn't have ViewRanger back then. I came across it in Paddy Dillon’s book on Tenerife (and La Gomera). Well, it’s actually two tracks in the book and my abiding memory was of El Batan.

When you tire of laying on the beach down in the scorched earth South of the island or you’ve walked up around Teide National Park a good few times then the North is the place to go. It’s just so nice to finish a year walking around in shorts and t-shirt on made-for-walking tracks in a pair of trail runners.

The bus service is so good that it’s very easy to commute to the start of the walks in the North. It’ll cost you about €16 for a return ticket to Santa Cruz from Los Cristianos and €1.45 each-way to get from Santa Cruz to Punta del Hidalgo. My first bus was at 05:50 and I was walking at 08:12. If you want to lie-in and wait for the midday heat on the climbs, you can do that too.

It's December so there’s sometimes a bit of rain up in the North. As I went higher there was mist but not enough to don a coat as it was about 15°C. Further up it sounded like there were heavy drops of rain but it was just the mist being grabbed by the foliage and the accumulated drops fell from leaf to leaf.

It’s folly to think that you won’t have cover from the sun for the duration of the walks up North as the trees (and barrancos) give plenty of shelter. At a guess, I’d say you’d be out of the sun 50% of the time.

The high point was Cruz del Carmen. There’s a viewing area. a restaurant, a cafe, a church and a museum up there. Basically, just full of people who drive up for the view. The walkers I met on my way up would have got a bus up to here and walked down to the Punta.

I made a mistake coming up out of El Batan. I remembered there being an electricity pole at the col that led out of the valley, so headed for it. But, there were two poles in two different cols. I just wasn't paying attention in the built up area where the church was and had the head down. So, you can disregard that 1KM of the track.

Again, El Batan was the highlight and it’s good for the body and mind to be able to sit there a while in December, in warmth, and pretend for a time that the outside World just doesn't exist.

P.S. There's definitely more that 1,350m in this walk.

Uploaded on: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 (09:56:53)
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