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Cumbre Nueva Ridge

Cumbre Nueva Ridge


Page Type: Route

Location: La Palma, Spain, Africa

Lat/Lon: 28.70550°N / 17.8445°W

Object Title: Cumbre Nueva Ridge

Route Type: Hike and Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Walk-Up

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Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Mar 28, 2005 / Jul 9, 2006

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See the main page for the directions to the Ermita de la Virgen del Pino. As said in the Getting There section there is also a possibility to start from Las Nieves to the east of the island. This however would be a 1000m hands and knees scramble.

Route Description

Pico de la Nieve photo_id=144495

  • General data
      - Start altitude: 1100m
      - Summit altitude: 2085m
      - Prevailing exposition: W
      - Type: 4h along well marked paths
      - Protection: marked
  • Effort: 1000m of altitude gain
  • Power: 1 - no difficulties
  • Psyche: 1 - easy (a little exposed on the scramble to the summit

    From the Ermita head out along a trail which at first resembles a potholed forest road. It leads through the beautiful pine forest between two field walls. After a while (30min) the "road" leaves to the right (south) while the trail turns into a cobblestoned Camino Real (King's Highway).

    The Camino Real heads along a ridge towards Reventon Pass and often offers views into the caldera through the Cumbrecita Saddle. Also Pico Bejenado to the south of the caldera can be perfectly seen. On Reventon Pass (1h) turn left (north onto the Cumbre Nueva Ridge). The trail (already called Ruta de la Cresteria) now follows the ridge and after 45min reaches Pico Ovejas, the first higher summit (at 1854m). A little to the north of Ovejas you can find an escape route (PR LP-2) to the east but it is so steep that in case of danger you should consider turning round.

    From Pico Ovejas the crest trail steadily climbs toward Pico Corralejo which it circumvents on its western side (30min). Another 30min take you to the Refugio de la Punta de los Roques. A steep scramble takes you to the Punta itself.

    Essential Gear

    Hiking gear is sufficient.