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simon3: Track 4647 in area near Spain ()
Badland coast, Barranco, Cone, Dunes and Dip - Montaña Roja, Fuerteventura
Length: 16.7km, Creator time taken: 6h 7m, Ascent: 374m,
Descent: 383m

Places: Start at Lon -13.8326, Lat 28.6109, end at Lon -13.8428, Lat 28.7094 11km N from Start
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This is a very varied walk that starts from the north eastern coast of Fuerteventura, near Casas del Jablito. It can be started and finished at bus stops on the Tiadhe route 106. The start and end are interchangeable as the route could be done either way, however this description is for the south to north direction.
The rough coast where malpais lava meets the sea. The bus stop is just to the right of the roundabout near café El Toro, the walking starts to the left on the coast. There is an abandoned hotel development to the right and abandoned but useable road to the coast.

Start from the northern bus stop at Parque Hollandes. Conveniently this has a cafe should you want it. Head to the coast using the unfinished dual carriageway. A rough track emerges north through the badlands.
A short digression about badlands or malpais as they are described in Spanish. This is land covered with a lava flow which is difficult to cross when in its native form. However three things make for routes across it: 4X4 tracks, barrancos (streambeds, usually dry) and abandoned developments, plentiful in this part of Spain. We will use all three in this walk.
After leaving the main road, this is the route to Montaña Roja, which as you can see is very very red. And it's very steep to the south. The land is extremely rough here so we used the barranco, seen on the extreme left, to head inland to reach the southern end of the caldera.

Having walked along the coast, head NW along an abandoned road to the main road (FV-1A aka FV 104), cross this and then go to a barranco heading NW under the steep slope of Roja.
Follow the barranco into increasingly barren isolated land without paths and when the slopes are easier head north to get to the southern arm of the broken caldera. The terrain is rough and made slippery by a covering of small volcanic stones. Boots and poles very useful here.
Views from the summit: Montaña Escanfraga 533m is to the centre, while Montaña de Caima 353m is to the left.

Reaching the summit is straightforward as is the walk around the caldera to its northern arm for the descent. The views from this coastal summit are superb: along the coast and to Lanzarote.
The descent is on the northern arm of the caldera. Lanzarote shimmers in the distance.

Descend along the visible paths towards the dunes of the natural park. There is a convenient set of tunnels under the road which you can walk through incidentally.
Proceed north along the beach with an optional dip where there is beach. Finish at the bus stop near the two large hotels (such as Hotel Riu). There is a supermercado near this while you wait for a bus.

Uploaded on: Mon, 21 Mar 2022 (09:16:29)
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Comment created by bigglesabroad Apr-06
Good to see you enjoying the lava. If you need more see my Fuerteventura Compendium of Walking Adventures for 111 walking adventures on the island. Cheers David Brawn

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