Closure of two trails in Teide National Park due to ice and snow
In response to recent precipitation leading to icy conditions, the Tenerife Cabildo has announced the closure of two trails in Teide National Park. The affected paths are Montaña Blanca-Pico Teide and Mirador de la Fortaleza, where the presence of ice poses a risk to hikers.
Specifically, trail number 7, Montaña Blanca-Pico Teide, is closed between the summit of Montaña Blanca and the intersection with trail number 11, Mirador de la Fortaleza. Trail number 11, Mirador de la Fortaleza, is entirely closed. The closure will remain in effect until safety conditions improve on the upper trails of the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano.
This prohibition does not apply to people with a valid mountain federation card and appropriate equipment. It also exempts registered companies and individuals in the Active Tourism Registry of the Government of the Canary Islands engaged in hiking, mountaineering, and trekking on the island of Tenerife, guiding groups of up to a maximum of 15 people per guide.
On the other hand, the Department of the Natural Environment, Sustainability, Security, and Emergencies has opened various other trails and forest tracks following the forest fire. Transit is permitted in the open area in the Orotava Valley, including the Bermeja and El Pastelito tracks up to the 'De la Shell' railway (inclusive) and access via the Mamio track to Choza de Pedro Gil.
Previously, the mountain was accessible from the Mataznos track northward (including Benijos and Caballos tracks). Additionally, access to all roads and trails south of the TF-24 road within the Protected Landscape of Lagunetas and the Natural Park of Corona Forestal is allowed, except for El Fayal track (between Ovejeros track and TF-24 road) and Boca del Valle track, due to rockfalls.
Exceptionally, circulation is authorized on Ramón El Caminero track to Izaña or Montaña Limón track (La Orotava), El Rayo track from Las Erillas (El Rosario) to La Victoria (crossing with Las Rosas track), and Fuente Fría track between the recreational area of Lomo de Las Jaras and the El Rayo track crossing (La Paz square).
They advise exercising extreme caution in all open transit areas due to the risk of falling shrubs, rocks, ground movements, and the presence of holes in the ground due to burned tree stumps.
Access to the mountain, even in permitted areas, will be restricted during adverse weather conditions such as heavy rainfall or strong winds, as well as in the days following these events. Furthermore, roads (tracks and trails) closed with barriers and fences for citizen safety are off-limits.
On another note, the following recreational areas and camping zones remain temporarily closed: Hoya del Abade (La Victoria), La Caldera camping area (La Orotava), La Laguneta Chica (Santa Úrsula), Las Calderetas (El Sauzal), Los Frailes (Arafo), and Ramón El Caminero (La Orotava).
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