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Montaña de los Jarones
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Montaña de los Jarones

 
Montaña de los Jarones

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain, Africa/Europe

Lat/Lon: 27.95358°N / 15.63861°W

Object Title: Montaña de los Jarones

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4833 ft / 1473 m

 

Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: May 6, 2012 / Nov 18, 2012

Object ID: 788673

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Overview

 
Montaña de los Jarones
Montaña de los Jarones in front of Morro Pajonales and Montaña de Sandara

Gran Canaria's largest geographical feature is the giant Caldera de Tejeda, a crater, formed when the islands original stratovolcano collapsed. Millenia of erosion washed the soft volcanic debris away through what is now Barranco de La Aldea de San Nicolas, leaving the giant cauldron. Its northern and eastern sides form the weather divide of Gran Canaria, leaving the interior and the south and east sides desert dry. In the south-east of the crater you find the island's highpoint, Pico de la Nieve, from where the two crater ridges gradually drop towards the sea at San Nicolas in the west. The southern of these branches runs almost directly westward across the northern part of the Cumbre Central as well as the long bend of the Pajonales Crest. it is here, where Montaña de los Jarones is located.

The Pajonales Ridge is a long series of Morros, pine covered hills with rocky basalt tops, often offering good backcountry climbing when the big walls of the Cumbre Central are overcrowded. The area has been set aside as a natural preserve, to protect the fragile Canary Pine forest as well as its inhabitant, the endemic blue Gran Canaria pigeon. Park rules (mainly to stay on trails and don't stay overnight) will be rigidly enforced, mainly to avoid forest fires like the big 2007 one, which devastated huge areas in the south of the island, including Pajonales.
 
Montaña de los Jarones east face
 
 
Montaña de los Jarones
 
 
Between the summits
 

While the road saddle Degollada del Asserador appears like a logical separation between Cumbre Central and Pajonales Ridge the actual separating saddle is Degollada Chimirique. Between the two saddles you find the twin peaked basalt formation Los Canadores, one of the main climbing spots on Gran Canaria. Montaña de los Jarones is the first mountain beyond Degollada Chimirique and thus offers (among) the best views onto the Cumbre big walls and the cut of Ayacata Valley between the two Cumbre branches.
 
Los Canadores
 
 
Los Canadores
 
 
Los Canadores
 

Montaña de los Jarones is a typical mountain for the Pajonales Ridge. Formed like a hill, rather than a mountain, only its topmost rocky part stands out from the canary pine forest below. The mountain has two summits, which are separated by a small saddle and across both of which the scenic Pajonales Ridge Path leads. To the south, a massive but brittle face drops down to the central plateau of the island. Access to Montaña de los Jarones is rather short: starting to the north of Degollada del Asserador you barely take an hour to reach the summit. The roundaboutish tours from El Juncal and Embalse de las cuevas de las Niñas, however, take half a day and cover more than 500m of elevation gain.

Panoramic View

Evening panorama towards Gran Canaria's Cumbre Central

Getting There

Montaña de los Jarones
Montaña de los Jarones

Gran Canaria can be reached from any major European airport. Usually charter carriers fly there but the spanish airline Iberia has also regular flights. The airport is on the eastern coast of the island, far away from the tourist centres in the south.

Trailheads for Montaña de los Jarones are at Degollada del Asserador and El Juncal. You can also start at Presa de las Cuevas de las Niñas though this route is a bit roundaboutish.

  • From the south
    • From Maspalomas take GC60 through Fataga and San Bartolome to the saddle Cruz Grande.
    • From the saddle stay on GC60 until you get to Ayacata.
    • For Embalse de las Cuevas de las Niñas turn left onto GC605 which passes the reservoir.
    • For Degollada del Asserador and El Juncal stay on GC60. The road to El Juncal turns off left about 500m after the degollada.
  • From the north
    • From Telde take GC131 which turns into GC130, direction Pico de la Nieve. The road will hit GC150 right at Gran Canaria's highpoint.
    • Stay on GC150 for a few metres, then turn onto GC600 to Ayacata.
    • For Embalse de las Cuevas de las Niñas turn left onto GC605 which passes the reservoir.
    • For Degollada del Asserador and El Juncal stay on GC60. The road to El Juncal turns off left about 500m after the degollada.

Red Tape

Montaña de los Jarones is part of the Reserva Natural de Pajonales. Rules require you to stay on the trails even though some of the most interesting mountains, like Morro de Pajonales are a bit off route. Reason for those restrictions are forest fires, which infrequently but rather regularly devastate this part of the island.

Accommodation

Gran Canaria has a lot of options for accommodation. Most visitors book hotel rooms from their travel offices or over the internet. However, you will most certainly end up in the ugly tourist centres along the south coast. Therefore a much better solution is to rent a holiday home, most often a rural finca. This can also be done by travel office or internet.

Camping is a bit of an issue on all the Canary Island. There are designated camping zones but getting a place often involves some bureaucracy. The closest campground is at Embalse de las Cuevas de las Niñas some 4km to the north-east of the mountain. Wild camping is not permitted anywhere on the island.

Weather Conditions

Westward view across the Pajonales Ridge

The following table gives a rough general overview over the weather on Gran Canaria, at sea level.

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg. day temp.[°C / °F]21 / 7021 / 7022 / 7222 / 7222 / 7223 / 7324 / 7525 / 7725 / 7725 / 7724 / 7522 / 72
Avg. night temp.[°C / °F]16 / 6116 / 6116 / 6117 / 6316 / 6117 / 6318 / 6420 / 6820 / 6818 / 6418 / 6417 / 63
Water temp.[°C / °F]19 / 6618 / 6419 / 6619 / 6619 / 6620 / 6822 / 7223 / 7323 / 7323 / 7321 / 7020 / 68
Rainy days432211111333


The Canarian Islands (as well as Madeira) are located in the trade wind zone. You almost always encounter northeastern winds which carry a lot of humid air. Being forced to climb to higher altitudes this moisture condenses into clouds. This in return means that most of the time the northeastern part of the islands is covered in clouds from altitudes of 1000m through 1500m.


The mountainous region in the centre of the island is of the same alltitude and higher and thus stops the clouds. While the northern parts of the islands can be foggy and rainy the southern parts most often are sunny and hot. On Gran Canaria the north-eastern part of the island collects almost all moisture. However, unlike on the other Canary Islands no cloud forest remains. The laurisilva fell victim to the agricultural development of the island.

Maps & Books

Regular Maps


  • Gran Canaria
    Kompass Map WK237
    Kompass Verlag
    1:50000
    ISBN 3-85491-114-9
  • Gran Canaria North
    Public Press Map 442
    1:50000
    ISBN: 978-3-89920-442-1
  • Gran Canaria South
    Public Press Map 443
    1:50000
    ISBN: 978-3-89920-443-8

Digital Maps


Kompass is the only company known to me which offers GPS digital Maps. In addition for those of you with Garmin GPS receivers there is a map source map set of all Canary islands out there.
  • Gran Canaria
    Kompass GPS4237
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN 978-3-85491-219-4
  • Islas Canarias
    Map Source custom map
    By Manfred Pepper
    downloadable zip-file

Books


My recommendation is a guidebook by Rother Verlag, available in English and German. The book is an excellent hiking guide covering all the interesting areas of the island. Since it comes with small maps for each excursion it might even be used without a map to support them.
  • Gran Canaria
    Izabella Gawin
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN 978-3-7633-4816-9 (English)
    ISBN 978-3-7633-4000-2 (German)

Images

Los CanadoresLos CanadoresLos CanadoresMontaña de los JaronesMontaña de los JaronesMontaña de los JaronesMontaña de los Jarones east face
Montaña de Sandara and AltavistaCumbre CentralCumbre CentralBetween the summitsRoque NubloWestward view from Montaña de los JaronesMontaña de los Jarones