What does the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint on Mount Teide look like 2
It’s time to present the remaining 4 must-see stops on the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint, which we have not yet revealed to you.
If you missed our previous post about this trail, check out the first three must-see spots on the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint.
Points of interest on the Teide National Park’s trail No. 12
In the previous post, we have mentioned that the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint, marked with No. 12 in the Teide National Park’s trail network, offers an itinerary of great scenic and volcanological interest, along which you will immensely enjoy lava flows and, above all, the impressive crater of Pico Viejo, 800 metres in diameter, that awaits you at the end of the path.
Stop 4 on the trail to Pico Viejo: crossing the Tie of Teide
At this point of the trail, where you have already felt the warmth from the fumaroles, you will now enjoy crossing the Tie of Teide.
After a weaving stretch of the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint you will reach a point where the path opens into a wider area, which will allow you to make out the outline of a huge light-coloured elevation.
This elevation, that can be seen from the distance from the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint, is nothing more, and nothing less, than a section of the ancient crater of La Rambleta, which we have mentioned in our previous article on this topic.
Look to the right now, and you will see below black lava overflowing a clearer surface, dividing it into two.
This black lava flow on the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint is what we call the Tie of Teide.
You have probably already seen the Tie of Teide from the area of Roques de García or from the Parador, since this triangular spot below the summit is very characteristic.
Stop 5 on the trail to Pico Viejo: black lava flow with big rocks
Look at this picture to appreciate the views that can be seen from the fifth stop on the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint.
Number 1, the black lava flow with big rocks on this side of the path corresponds to a smooth, almost vertical surface.
What is this smooth vertical surface on the trail?
It's one of the inner walls of a lava canal which was later partially buried by a higher lava flow (No. 2 on the image below).
This second lava flow is wider and almost horizontal; it's highlighted on the image below with No. 3.
Do you know what is the most stunning thing about this surface? Here, you can see various accretion balls (also known as Teide Eggs) that have most probably rolled down the slope.
Here is one interesting fact about these big accretion balls upon black lava flows on the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint: they are formed like snowballs; when the volcano expels solidified lava, rocks fall onto liquid lava which becomes attached to the rock causing it to grow gradually as it rolls down the slope.
Stop 6 on the trail to Pico Viejo: La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma
Now that you have seen the Teide Eggs at the previous stop, it’s time for you to take in the views that the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint offers of the neighbouring islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.
From this point, just where the path opens into a wider area before it descends again, you will be able to catch sight of the last stretch of the trail and… you will enjoy your first glimpse of the spectacular multicoloured crater of Pico Viejo volcano!
You will probably see other people at the viewpoint opposite Montaña Chahorra (the furthest point on the image below).
Take a look at the people who are already there. They will serve as scale to appreciate the magnitude of these huge canals of viscous lava from the last eruption of Teide (on the left side of the image).
Did you know that the Pico Viejo viewpoint is situated right above one of these viscous lava flows?
If the weather is clear, beside the fantastic views of the Montaña Chahorra crater, you will be able to spot the Teno Massif to the right, the islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma on the horizon, and also the island of Gran Canaria to the left.
Stop 7 on the trail to Pico Viejo: the crater of Pico Viejo volcano
Once you reach the seventh stop, you will have completed the spectacular trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint.
Did you know that the viewpoint situated at the end of the trail faces the majestic crater of Pico Viejo, 800 metres in diameter and 3,104 metres high?
To behold the extraordinary mix of colours of the Pico Viejo crater it is best to visit it when there's no snow, and as early as possible.
This way you can appreciate its multicoloured mantle of pumice stone from the last eruptions in this area, mixed with grey materials expelled from a "funnel", 300 metres in diameter and 100 metres deep, located inside the crater of Pico Viejo.
And did you know that there was once a lava lake inside the crater of Pico Viejo?
Take a look inside the crater. Can you see the wide plain surface to the left (on the southern side)? This is the ancient lake of lava from which most of the flows poured out! Isn’t it amazing?
You are probably wondering what happened with the lava lake from the crater of Pico Viejo, aren't you?
It could have drained after the volcanic activity had ceased and lava had ceded, filling back the canal.
We are only able to make an approximate reading of this process.
If you like stunning views, we recommend that you choose this trail during your next visit to Mount Teide by cable car, which now, thanks to the new Online Ticket system, will run smoothly, without any delays or queues.
P.S.: Now we would love to know the reasons why you would choose the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint on your visit to Mount Teide. We are looking forward to reading your comments!