Pico Bejenado

Pico Bejenado

La Palma

Route: Pico Bejenado

Area: La Palma

Date of walk: 28th January 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.7 miles

Weather: Sunny

Standing at a height of 1844m, Pico Bejenado is not one of the highest summits of La Palma but due to its solitary location it is often dubbed as the “only mountain” of the island. Though part of the Caldera de Taburiente, and located on the crater’s southern crest, Pico Bejenado is utterly different from the higher rim summits such as Roque de los Muchachos, Piedra Llana, Pico de la Nieve or Punta de los Roques. It is separated from the remainder of the Caldera by the deep Cumbrecita Saddle and thus stands out from its surroundings by more than 500m on all sides

Thanks to this isolated position, Pico Bejenado has one of the best miradors on La Palma, according to our trusty guidebook ‘Walk! La Palma‘ and we decided to put this to the test. Getting to the start point involved an awkward drive up a very rocky dirt track and it was a relief to arrive at the mapboard and a small parking area at the start of the long ascent.

We set off along a wide track, then joined a narrow path taking us up through a forest of pine trees. The going became rockier higher up but throughout the whole walk there were no difficulties, thanks to an ingenious path with countless hairpin bends which zigzagged in and out of gullies and up the steep mountainside.

The gentle gradient of the ascent was in stark contrast to the formidable appearance of the mountain seen from lower down, and from the mapboard. Considering that the ascent is over 2,300 feet, the huff and puff factor is surprisingly low.

Eventually we arrived at the top, from where the views are superlative, and having savoured these for a while we retraced our steps back down to the start.

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