Sunday, 14 September 2014

Two Springs Walk

View from Degollada de Ifonche

Summer is not a good time for walkers in Tenerife. The sun is at it's most powerful and this combined with the high temperatures make it very uncomfortable for walking. During this period, I usually plan which walks I want to do during the coming walking season, which I start as soon as the temperatures become a little more bearable, usually in the latter half of October. One of the last walks I did before the weather got too hot was to investigate some newly recovered and signposted paths to two springs in the Ifonche region. I had noticed the signs when walking in the area and took the opportunity to investigate them and in doing so, created a very interesting circular walk. Starting from close to the parapente launch point, at the foot of Roque de Los Bresos, I walked the camino rural before picking up the sign to the Fuente de Las Pilas in the Barranco del Rey. I have crossed the barranco at this point on many occasions in the past but never knew of the existence of the spring until the installation of the signs, so I was grateful to whoever is responsible for them. A pleasant path led me through trees and bushes initally, before descending to the rocky stream bed of the barranco, arriving a short time later at a neatly tended 'garden' surrounding the Fuente de Las Pilas. It was clear that someone was tending to the area around the spring as the plants and flowers were obviously planted and cared for. The spring flowed gently through a three-tiered rock 'water feature' creating a very peaceful and pleasing ambience. Leaving the spring, I continued along the rocky barranco floor to soon reach the top of a very dramatic dry waterfall in the Barranco del Rey. Peering over the edge was very exciting although it may not be to everyones taste as the drop is very sheer but it did give a stunning views into the deep part of the barranco below the El Refugio restaurant. Returning along the barranco, I climbed out and followed the dirt road from the restaurant to the Ifonche road, which I followed to the El Dornajo restaurant. This road is very quiet and largely traffic free so it is a pleasant walk.

Sign in the Barranco del Rey

La Fuente de Las Pilas

La Fuente de Las Pilas

Top of the waterfall in the Barranco del Rey

Barranco de La Fuente

Montaña Carrasco

Cave on the newly recovered path to La Fuente El Chorillo

Leaving the road just beyond El dornajo, I followed a sign to the Barranco del Infierno and soon located a path into the Barranco de La Fuente, which is the upper section of the Barranco del Infierno. This part of the walk was very scenic with stunning views into the barranco. Where the path left the barranco to follow the Camino de Carrasco at the foot of Montaña Carrasco, I left it for a newly recovered path whose existence I had not previously suspected when walking in the area. 

This path was a delight to walk and passed numerous caves before arriving at the La Fuente El Chorrillo. This spring was not quite as impressive as the Fuente de Las Pilas but this area was obviously tended as well as there were numerous flowers planted around the spring, one of them a large beautiful pink flower that I couldn't identify. 

Looking inland to the pine forest

Continuing from the spring, the path began to climb and I had fantastic views back to Montaña Carrasco and also inland towards the pine forests. Soon, I arrived back close to the parapente launch point after a walk of around 3.5 hours.     

Above the clouds near the start of the walk

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