The walk to the summit of Montana Samara and Las Cuevas Negras passes through some of the most stunning volcanic scenery on the island. Starting from the small parking area alongside the TF38 Chio/Las Canadas road, it is a short climb onto Montana Samara from where there are superb 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, with Pico Viejo and Teide particularly prominent. After descending, the route climbs steeply towards the Cuevas Negras, a series of lava tubes invisible from the path but well worth locating. Although access to these is blocked by railings, it is still possible to see inside and it's quite a surprise to see small ferns growing in such harsh conditions. From here, the path we descends and follows a return path to the car park through more beautiful, volcanic scenery. Overall, the walk, which is around 11 kilometres, takes around four hours. The photos below were taken on a recent Tenerife Rambler walk.
My name is Gary and I live in the hills of south of Tenerife, having relocated here in 2008 from the UK. I have many years experience of walking in hill and mountain country and have taken part in challenge walks, wild camping trips in the Scottish Highlands and multi-day hikes such as a 190 mile, solo traverse of the Coast to Coast walk across England in 1998. Since then, I have undertaken numerous long-distance walks, you can read about these on my blog, 'The Constant Hiker'