ApproachSee the Getting There Section on the main page on how to reach the trailhead at El Barrial.
- Start altitude: 1150m
- Summit altitude: 1844m
- Prevailing exposition: S
- Type: 3h
- Protection: sparsely marked path
This route starts at the same trailhead as the crest route and is far easier to find. It is less steep so it is the better choice for descent. Also you canvisit two archaeological sites with rock drawings by the original inhabitants of the Canarias, the Guanches. Don't expect too much though. The sites are exposed to wind and weather so that the surfaces of the drawings are heavily eroded.
From El Barrial follow the forest road which took you to the trailhead for about 1km. The road marks the boundary of PArque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente and finally leads to the first archaeological site, Tamarahoya. After visiting the site return for 500m at which point a marked path leaves the road northwards. It ascends the south slopes of Bejenado directly, heading for the second archaeological site, which can be reached by a 100m sidestep (signpost). The Canarian Pines obstruct the views towards the caldera but to the south you can get good glimpses of the Cumbre Vieja Range.
Finally the path leads to the El Rodeo Saddle where the views open towards the Caldera. It recombines with the Crest Route to head for the southern slopes of the summit block. The last 2km zigzag along the slope, mostly in north-westerly direction. You find pines up to the summit which itself is free from almost any vegetation.