Barranco de la Magdalena

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Spain, Africa/Europe
Route Type:
Hiking, Scrambling
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Half a day
Hike and short scramble

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Barranco de la Magdalena
Created On: Feb 11, 2007
Last Edited On: Feb 11, 2007


Sombrero de ChasnaSombrero de Chasna from Lomo de los Pegueros

There are two routes to Sombrero de Chasna, which both start at the same trailhead and run in parallel through and above Barranco de la Magdalena. Both are easy hikes until they recombine beneath the Sombrero de Chasna north face. They run through a beautiful forest of Canarian pines until they head out into the desolation near the caldera rim.

The final ascent to Sombrero de Chasna is a UIAA I scramble through a short chimney onto the summit plateau.

Getting There

See the Getting There information on the main page. The route starts from TF21, the road from Vilaflor to Boca Tauce.

Route Description

Sombrero de ChasnaSombrero de Chasna from the north

  • General data
      - Start altitude: 2050m
      - Summit altitude: 2411m
      - Prevailing exposure: S
      - Type: 3h one way
      - Protection: None
  • Effort: 500m elevation gain
  • Power: 1 - Easy
  • Psyche: 1 - Easy
  • Orientation: 1 - Easy - the summit is visible during most of the route

    The route starts near the two ruined cabins near the road from Vilaflor to Boca Tauce. It starts with a slope traverse above the road, leading in south-eastern direction. After a couple of switchbacks the route splits in two, one heading further on southwards, one heading straight up in further switchbacks.

    The former route runs through Baranco de la Magdalena, which is reached by a wide, sweeping curve. There are two trails running along the eastern and western sides of the little canyon. While the route is not obvious in its detail, the general direction is crystal clear. Just follow the canyon to its end and then - in another sweeping curve - head up to the north face of Sombrero de Chasna where you meet the second trail.

    This latter trail runs along Lomo de los Pegueros a broad back, separating Barranco de la Magdalena from the road from Vilaflor. After about half an hour of switchbacks the path levels and leads into a saddle with nice views towards Roque de los Almendros and Sombrero de Chasna. From this saddle the route heads up towards the caldera rim to the north of Sombrero de Chasna. Again it reaches a saddle with a spectacular view of the Cañadas del Teide. To reach Sombrero de Chasna turn east and descent into the saddle between the caldera rim and the mountain where it joins the trail from Barranco de la Magdalena.
    Cañadas del TeideThe Cañadas del Teide seen from the saddle north of Sombrero de Chasna

    Head for the north-western edge of the big hat, where a wide chimney offers the easiest route to the summit plateau. Though you need to use your hands the way up the chimney is nevertheless rather easy. The high point of Sombrero de Chasna is qlose to the chimney but a little further to the west.
    The western caldera rim

    Essential Gear

    Hiking gear and water are sufficient.


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