Used the parking lot as starting place for a hike to the top of Teide via the Pico Viejo. Started 7:30 in the morning and was all alone as the rose over Roques de Garcia. Very nice.
Parking Monana Blanca 2.350m - Pico del Teide 3.718m - Pico Viejo 3.135m - Roques de Garcia 2.198m - Parador 2.150m
December 18 2009.
original plan was to climb El Teide, but it was very windy (the cable car station was reporting 120 km/75 mph winds!), so we (Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly and I) decided to try the Roques de García instead. It was a nice and scenic hike with some great rock formations and good views of El Teide. On the way back, Kessler and I found a route up to the top of one of the rocks. It was exposed so I told him to wait for me below, but every time I climbed higher, he would follow. After topping out on the rock we returned and finished the loop hike.
Great views to Teide volcano, and an excellent combination of routes Roques El García+Pico Viejo+Pico Teide. Just Roques El García is a bit dissapointing cause LOTS of people everywhere. Many many turists (horrible)
Excellent thing to do in the beginning of the year. beautiful and magic loop at dusk (takes 1h to 1h30 with pictures), we enjoyed building a cairn
A stange summit log to sign being as there was no real climbing involved except running up a few hills. Enjoyed the rocks though and getting away from the crowds... quite the spectacular volcanic landscape.