Given the rugged nature of Gran Canaria's mountains, Montana de Tauro is a relatively easy ascent, yet one that offers really spectacular views.
The mountain is essentially shaped like a pyramid with the top cut off.
A decent track meanders all the way from the road, where there is parking for about 8 cars at numerous points. The track is gentle at first, and disappears occasionally when it encounters boulders, and slowly increases in steepness as it ascends.
Views are limited in the lower portion of the trail, although there were abundant mountain wildflowers of all colours and sizes. The volcanic origins of the mountain are much in evidence, with multiple ancient lava flows visible.
As you ascend the tree cover becomes somewhat thinner allowing for great views of the mostly arid landscape in all directions. The day I ascended it was alternately misty and then within minutes the skies would clear only for the mist to descend again ten minutes later.
The mountain is an ancient ceremonial centre of the aboriginal people of Gran Canaria, with the presence of funerary caves, turrets and burial mounds found there, as well as a dry stone structure on the top known as the 'Church of the Canaries'.
The summit is a relatively flat oval-shaped plateau about 200m long and 100m wide. The structure at the top does not actually sit on the high point, which I measured as 100m to the south. A sign on the trail suggested that Tauro is 1145m high, however the map and my GPS indicated it was over 1200m and I’ve found various other heights recorded, mostly around the 1190m. Up and down is a return journey of about 6-7km with about 350m ascent. A very rewarding climb, although I wouldn’t recommend it in the summer heat.