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Ascent of Montana de Guaza on 2011-08-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montana de Guaza
    Location:Spain
    Elevation:1404 ft / 427 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate climb to 2 peaks on a rocky trail from the southwest corner of the Mountain ....... 5.5km, 2:25 hours for both Peaks.

This is day #4 (our first hike) of our 19 day Hiking Trip to Isla de Tenerife, Canary Islands, we arrived here on August 15 on a Condor flight from Frankfurt, picked-up an Orlando Rental Car and drove to Los Cristianos and our apartment at Castle Harbour .... a large apartment complex on San Francisco Avenue. We found our apartment on the site "holidaylettings.co.uk", apartment 139388 and booked it directly from the owner Sue and Simon Johnson "sjs_uk@hotmail.com", phone numbers 0034 627 174564 & 0034 663 433388, who gave us excellent quick feedback. It is a lovely/spotless/economical one room apartment with kichenette, bath and a balcony overlooking the pool area. There is plenty of free angle parking on the street in front of the complex, plus free WiFi at the bar with the price of a drink. It was perfect for our needs and we highly recommend it.

Our reference material for most of our hikes came from 2 sources:
1) Rother walking Guide, Tenerife by Klaus and Annette Wolfspergen..... it details 52 hikes thoughout the Island.
2) Teide Parque National de Espana, Topographic Maps, scale 1:25,00, with its accompaning Trail Guide detailing all the trails shown in the Map.
Today's first hike in not in this material, it's located just behind our apartment, I got the TH location by checking out the area.

Montana de Guaza, a volcanic mountain, forms the east wall of the town of Playa de Los Cristianos, it is void of any vegetation to speak-of, thereby rewarding the climber with outstanding views throughout the climb.
To get to the TH from the Aoutostrada TF1, exit 27, at north end of Los Cristianos drive south 2.1km on Avenida Juan Carlos all the way to its southeast end (the Atlantic Ocean is to the right behind the residential units of Vista Alegra. This is the TH Parking, the summit is to the northeast.

The easy-to-follow-trail starts at the east end of the Parking and climbs/winds moderately to the mesa, then on to the MAIN SUMMIT on the caldera east rim (at about 2.5km, 1:15 hours) capped with 7 Communication Towers. The trail is very rocky, half way up after the mesa it meets up with a 4x4 rough service track coming up from the east (right) side of the Mountain.

From the MAIN SUMMIT a trail drops-to-a-col/continues counter-clockwise (westbound) around the caldera rim to the WEST RIM (about .6km), which is capped with 6 Communication Towers. The Highpoint is at the most southerly Tower.
I descended on the service track inside the caldera to join-up with my ascending track (1km), then backtracked on the track/trail to the TH (3km from Caldera West Rim), meeting up with numerous hikers, one of which was a mountain runner.

I sweated tons and was completely soaked on this hot day, however I wore long sleeves and the light breeze kept me very cool.

"REAL GENEROSITY IS DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL NEVER FIND OUT."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1338 ft / 407 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1338 ft / 407 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1338 ft / 407 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.5 km
    Route: trail from southwest corner near the ocean
    Start Trailhead:southeast end of avenida Juan Carlos   66 ft / 20 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1338 ft / 407 m
    Route: trail wb to west peak
    End Trailhead:west peak  66 ft / 20 m



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