Teide

Elevation (feet): 12,198
Elevation (meters): 3,718
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
Range/Region: Canary Islands
Latitude: 28.272335
Longitude: -16.64257
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Most recent eruption: 1909
Nearest major airport: Tenerife South (Reina Sofia)
Convenient Center: Playa de las Americas

Thanks to Rene Sulman for adding this peak.

Pico de Teide, also known as Mount Teide or El Teide, is a shield volcano located in the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. The most recent eruption was on the northwest flank in 1909. There is still volcanic activity on top of the mountain, like the overwhelming smell of sulfur dioxide and other gasses.

The volcano dominates the whole panorama of Tenerife and the neighboring islands. The summit is easy accessible by cable car. For safety reasons the footpath up to the summit is sometimes closed.

Additional Information below provided by J. Vranjes:

El Teide (3718 m) is the highest Spanish mountain, located on Tenerife, one of Canarian Islands. The mountain is a dormant volcano and a national park, so going to the summit requires a permit that is free of charge and can be obtained through the Internet as well (see the link below for details).

El Teide can be conveniently approached from the north, from Puerto de la Cruz. It is a 40 kilometers drive up through a beautiful pine forests and then over a large flat plateau (volcanic crater) at an altitude of about 2000-2200 m. The car parking from which the route starts is at around 2350 m. Also available is a regular bus transportation from Puerto de la Cruz to hotel Parador.

The lower part of the route is a pleasant wide road through a volcanic landscape, for about 90 minutes till the altitude of 2720 m. After that it is a much steeper foot path zigzagging towards the refuge Altavista at 3260 m. After the refuge the route goes through large lava rocks, yet the path is well maintained and unproblematic. At around 3540 m the route splits into two, the one going to the right is the old route which is oficially closed, while the left one goes towards 'teleferico' (lift), passing the ranger post where the permits are checked, and then to the summit. Gear: good walking shoes. Accommodation: hotel Parador at around 2200 m, refuge Altavista.

Thanks to Rene Sulman and J. Vranjes for contributing to these details. (View history)