Ascent of Garajonay on 2011-08-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, August 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1487 m / 4879 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate trail climb from just below the summit ...... 2.8km, 50 minutes RT.

Today we decided to visit the Isla de La Gomera, this being day #13 of our 19 day trip to Tenerife, my source of trail information was Rob Woodall.

We got on the first Ferry (8h45 hour, Los Cristianos/San Sebastian) for a sightseeing day in Parque National de Garajonay on the Isla de La Gomera. The 1 hour RT cruise cost us 102 Euros (2 people and the car), the huge Armas Ferry on this morning was 80% empty.

We drove a clockwise route, TF13/TF11, stopping at most of the lookouts, The climb to the top is particular spectacular with its awesome/numerous switchbacks, the hwy climbs a vertical ridge, the scenery is outstanding. You start out with arid/rocky terrain and once up high in the Park, green/dense/jungle-like vegetation. It ranks with one of the best drives we've ever been on.

We took the opportunity to visit the Highest Point of the Island "Alto de Garajonay". The TH Parking is at the very top of the Park, at Alto del Contadero on the northside of Hwy TF13 (a short distance after the road on the left to Alajero/Playa Santiago).

The well Posted Trail starts across the road and climbs moderately (through very dense/mossy/jungle-like vegetation) 1.4km to the summit ...... capped with a round/walled mirador with an Archaeological Site in its center. Garajonay is the only Park in Spain that can boast of having an Archaeological Site on its HP. The site was discovered/reproduced in 2002/2004.
Dominating the 360 degree panorama is Isla de La Palma to the northwest and Pico Del Teide to the northeast. The lower sub-peak to the south is capped with Communication Towers.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:187 m / 614 ft
    Elevation Loss:187 m / 614 ft
    Distance:2.8 km / 1.7 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:177 m / 581 ft
    Extra Loss:10 m / 33 ft
    Distance:1.4 km / 0.9 mi
    Route: trail from NE parking alto de contadero
    Trailhead:alto de contadero, hwy TF13  1320 m / 4331 ft
    Time Up:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:177 m / 581 ft
    Extra Gain:10 m / 33 ft
    Distance:1.4 km / 0.9 mi
    Route: trail to NE parking alto de contadero
    Trailhead:alto de contadero, hwy TF13  1320 m / 4331 ft
    Time Down:15 Minutes

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