WHY TRUST THIS INFORMATION? I hiked A LOT, including a quest to hike all Anaga trails during my family’s year in Tenerife from 2022 to 2023. This and other articles are based on my personal experience, while hiking alone and with our kids.
TF-10 ‘Business Card’
TF-10 is a one-way trail between Cruz del Carmen to Punta del Hidalgo. It’s claim to fame is that it passes the Chinamada caves – lots of rock openings in a mountainside – roughly a third of the way from Punta del Hidalgo.
Some sections of the trail go on or near mountain ridges so you get plenty of great vistas. The is a restaurant in the Chinamada village mid-way in the trail, making for a great stop for hikers that are hungry or want to socialize over food and wine.
I highly recommend visiting the Mirador Aguaide lookout in the Chinamada village. It’s only a 1 km / 1000 yard detour for a beautiful view of the ocean and the North of Anaga.
Our TF-10 hike video
If you have any questions about this hike, please leave them below or under the video on YouTube, and I’ll try to respond ASAP.
You are welcome to check out videos of all other official Anaga hiking trails from TF-1 to TF-12 on our YouTube channel.
TF-10 Ranking Among Other Anaga Hiking Trails
If you do not want to do further research, below is an overview of all Anaga hiking trails ranked from best to not so impressive.
This rating should be useful for the average hiker, traveling without children and not having any health issues or low physical form. If you are looking for a list of trails arranged by ease, child-friendliness, and other criteria, read this article about all Anaga Rural Park hiking trails.
TF-10 is an impressive trail, but slightly sub-par to the top Anaga Rural Park trails: TF-11, TF-8 and TF-6. However, its fourth position is very strong, and none of the other trails really come close to the experience.
If you are fit enough, consider doing the TF-10 and TF-11 trails in one go to create a circular loop. While physically difficult, this will probably be one of your best memories from Tenerife.
Map of TF-10 trail
The TF-10 trail is marked in red in the above map. The TF-10 trail starts in the same location in Anaga Rural Park – Cruz del Carmen – as the TF-11 and TF-12 trails, but finishes in a different location in Punta del Hidalgo town.
The main waypoints of the trail are as follows:
- Cruz del Carmen (trailhead)
- Casas del Rio
- Degollada de las Escaleras
- Chinamada village (short detour to the Mirador Aguaide lookout)
- Chinamada caves
- Roque dos Hermanos (Two Brothers rock)
- Barranco del Rio ravine
- Punta del Hidalgo, terminal station of buses 50, 105 and 224 (trailhead)
The above trail length and elevation numbers are based on my GPS watch readings when doing the trail. They may differ from figures in information of the Anaga Rural Park Administration. In general, there was at least a slight discrepancy between official and hikers’ GPS readings for most Anaga trails.
How to Make Sense of Anaga Trails? Which to choose?
There are 12 official trails in the Anaga Rural Park in the North of Tenerife.
These trails are numbered from TF-1 to TF-12 and some have additional sections like TF-6.3 to add variety to your hikes or connect trails or villages with car parking locations and bus stops.
(miles / km)
(feet / m)
|2.36 / 3.8
|1014 / 309
|7.46 / 12
|1562 / 476
|6.03 / 9.7
|2133 / 650
|2.11 / 3.4
|66 / 20
|Child-friendly, downhill trail
|6.84 / 11
|1230 / 375
|7.89 / 12.7
|3044 / 928
|Circular, top choice
|4.77 / 7.68
|1089 / 332
|9.63 / 15.5
|3353 / 1022
|Circular, top choice
|3.85 / 6.20
|667 / 203
|7.41 / 11.91
|853 / 260
|7.71 / 12.40
|1292 / 394
|7.12 / 11.45
|331 / 101
In all cases, I took the trail from the middle of Anaga Rural Park to the ocean side. The vertical ascent shown in the table is in the direction of the ocean. If you would take any of the trails in the opposite direction, they would be much harder.
The internet is full of Anaga trail suggestions that present a segment of these 12 trails as a unique trail, confusing both novice and experienced hikers.
The table above provides a useful overview of the 12 trails. You should also read our Guide to All Official Routes in the Anaga Rural Park.
Why Is the TF-10 Trail Worth Hiking?
One would hike the TF-10 trail for the following reasons:
- Top 4 trail in the Anaga Rural Park
- Passes the Chinamada caves, a unique natural phenomenon in Anaga. Only the TF-5 trail has something similar
- Has a restaurant mid-trail giving you a nice option for resting and socializing
- Has a great lookout mid-trail (Mirador Aguaide)
- Passes through villages giving you an opportunity to observe local life and traditional architecture
- Well-connected to public transport at both ends
- Can be done in one hike with the TF-11 trail to create a circular loop
Visual TF-10 Trail Guide and Key Landmarks
Apologies, if some of the images a bit blurry. I forgot to take pictures during the hike, and the blurry images are extracted from a video.
The TF 10 trail starts in Cruz del Carmen, which is a location in Anaga that’s known for its excellent Tourist Information Centre, a parking lot, a lookout, as well as that it’s the starting of 4 Anaga trails: TF-10, TF-11, TF-12 and short and child-friendly Path of the Senses (Sendero de los Sentidos).
Lookout Mirador Cruz del Carmen
This is the view from the lookout during daytime. If there weren’t this many clouds you could see the Teide volcano. On most days, you at least get a very nice view of the La Laguna city and its surrounding villages.
Here you can see the same view during an evening just after sunset, and the Teide volcano is clearly visible in roughly centre of the image. The volcano is approximately 50 kilometers / 30 miles away. Even if you want to start your hike as quickly as possible, I suggest you visit the lookout.
Anaga Tourist Information Centre
The Spanish name of the centre is ‘Centro de Visitantes del Parque Rural de Anaga’. This is the place to go if you have any remaining questions about hiking in the park. In my experience, the stuff were truly knowledgeable as they had personal experience of hiking in the park and gave really good and practical advice.
Besides advice, you can also always get a general map of all Anaga hiking trails. If they haven’t run out, you can also get brochures with a map of the particular trail you want to do. The brochure also informs you about any cultural history associated with the particular trail.
Cruz del Carmen has a convenient parking lot. If someone drives you up to the Anaga Rural Park, this is an excellent location where to drop hikers off. However, if you want to leave your car here better come early or late in the day as it gets very crowded during the most popular hours between 10 AM and 3PM. Sometimes you will have to wait for up to half an hour to get a spot if you want to leave your car here.
Cruz del Carmen restaurant and beginning of the trail
The TF-10 trail starts on the right of the restaurant. The TF-11 and TF-12 trails start on the left of the restaurant.
The restaurant named “Cruz del Carmen” is nothing fancy, but you can definitely have a hearty breakfast or afternoon lunch here, along with some decent Spanish beer and wine.
Start of the trail
In a few locations this trail either crosses or goes in parallel to roads. If it’s not immediately clear where to go, look for the white / yellow trail markers. These can be on any kind of object – natural and man-made.
If there’s a white/yellow cross, you have to go in the opposite direction.
In this location you really have to go past the house. Apparently, the owners are fine with and used to hikers passing their property so close.
Have you ever thought about where drinking water comes from in Tenerife as it’s a volcanic island and how it gets up to the Anaga mountains? Turns out, over 60% of Tenerife’s potable water comes from the ocean and is desalinated.
On this trail you can see examples of the water management infrastructure. According to the signs, it performs a desalination function. However, considering that parts of Anaga are 800 meters / feet above sea level, it is also heavily dependent on pumps.
Crossroads of TF-10 and TF-10.1 trail to Las Carboneras village
Views of Anaga near a goat farm
Volcanic plug near the Chinamada village
On this trail you can also see a volcanic plug. There used to be a mountain around this rock. When you see something like this, you are looking at solidified lava that once flowed through a mountain, probably many millions of years ago. The mountain has withered away, and all that remains is the lava “plug”.
Mirador Aguaide lookout
Trail past the Chinamada village
Trail near Chinamada caves
This is among my top 3 photos from our time on the island.
The TF-11 trail passes over the ridge. Once you reach this hard to miss spot, make the very short detour until the end of the ridge to get some of the best views of the Chinamada cave. Precise location of this spot.
Chinamada caves panorama No. 1.
Chinamada caves panorama No. 2.
As usual, pictures don’t fully convey the majesty of nature here.
Approaching Punta del Hidalgo
Chinamada caves viewing spot if you don’t want to hike
If you don’t want to hike, but still want to see the Chinamada caves, it is possible to reach an excellent lookout by simply driving a car there (although be aware that the road is quite steep and narrow, so it’s not for novice drivers). This is the precise location of the lookout on Google Maps.
This is the panorama that you will get from the lookout location.
Punta del Hidalgo
However, if you have any strength left, I suggest that you consider also visiting the beach. It’s not swim-friendly itself, however, there are several rock pools where one can take a dip.
The beach also has this interesting modernist light house. To get to the beach, will add about a kilometer, 0.7 miles to your hike, and to get to the lighthouse, it’s another kilometer. Judge yourself if it’s worth it, but I liked the beach a lot.
If you are hungry, there’s one beach cafe with food and drinks. If you want something more fancy, there are plenty of restaurants in Punta del Hidalgo proper.
How to Get to the Trail Head in Cruz del Carmen
As the TF-10 is a linear trail, getting to any of the trailheads by car is problematic, unless someone drives you there.
Very fit hikers do the TF-10 and TF-11 hikes in one go to return to their cars either at Cruz del Carmen or Punta del Hidalgo, but this is not a useful tip for most persons. If you decide to do both hikes, in one go, it’s almost 25 kilometers and at least 1400 vertical ascent meters / 4600 feet. I would only recommend this to the very ‘creme de la creme’ of our hiking community.
Parking both in Cruz del Carmen and Punta del Hidalgo is free, but finding free parking spaces is often a challenge. In Cruz del Carmen you might have to wait up to 30 min before a spot frees up. In Punta del Hidalgo you might have to park a few hundred meters / yards from the trail start.
The TF-10 trailhead in Cruz del Carmen is served by 4 bus routes: 076, 077, 273 and 275 (click on the link to go to the relevant bus route schedules on the Titsa.com website). Titsa is the Tenerife public transport authority.
In my experience, you could also rely on the schedules in Google Maps. However, if timing is very important to you, always check the Titsa website as there might be recent changes that are not yet reflected in Google Maps.
Hiking with a Guide
For those who prefer a guided excursion, there are local companies offering guided hikes on the TF-10 and other trails in Anaga.
We had a very good experience with getting guides through the Get Your Guide website. I’ve reviewed one of these experiences – canyoning in the Barranco de Los Arcos ravine. Several guided Anaga hikes and other Tenerife experiences are shown below, but you can find many more on the platform.
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These organized tours provide certified and knowledgeable guides who can share the area’s history, flora, and fauna while ensuring the group stays on the right path. Additionally, they often offer transportation directly from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna or even South of the island. This eliminates the need to drive on the narrow mountain roads yourself.
Guides can also be found through the Tenerife Hiking Community Facebook group. Hiking with a guide can be a great option for those looking for a more structured and informative experience on the trail. All local certified guides found through Get Your Guide or other channels will provide insurance for participants during the hike.
Insurance during organized hikes is mandatory in Tenerife. If your guide does not provide insurance, the person is not an official guide. I highly recommend also getting a personal insurance in Tenerife as, according to my conversations with local guides, regular rescue costs 1800 EUR upwards, and one involving a helicopter is from 3600 EUR and up.
All Anaga trails are well-marked with the typical white-and-yellow flag signs painted on rocks and other objects in places where there’s a chance you might choose the wrong direction. While most Anaga trails are easily navigated even without a map or a GPS device, we recommend to have a trail map on your phone and periodically check if you’re on the right path.
Some trails like TF-11, TF-8, TF-2 and TF-4 have spots where the navigation flags are not easily visible and you can take a wrong turn relatively easily. Our favorite GPS apps were Maps.me and Wikiloc, but others like AllTrails and Komoot are also widely used.
Be sure to download the necessary maps and routes before starting your hike. While there is phone reception on most routes, data connection is frequently spotty / not functioning.
I recommend downloading the TF-10 trail GPX file (link to my Google Drive folder) and uploading it in Maps.me or your favorite hiking app. This way you’ll always know which turn to take.
Facilities on the Trail (Cafes, WCs)
TF-10 goes between Cruz del Carmen and Punta del Hidalgo. There are restaurants at both trailheads, and, the trail also has a restaurant in its mid-point in the small Chinamada village. If you have the time, consider stopping here, but be aware that the restaurant can be crowded during lunch hours – between noon and 2 PM.
If you start the trail in Cruz del Carmen, I suggest you visit the Tourist Information Centre to ask any questions about your planned hikes, as the guides there are very competent.
Summer: During the summer months, we recommend bringing plenty of water, sun screen, and wearing appropriate headgear and clothing to protect against the sun. The heat can be very intense, so it’s essential to shield yourself, stay hydrated and take breaks when needed.
Rainy Season: In the rainy season, the trails can become slippery and more prone to landslides. Wear shoes with good traction, bring a rain jacket or a rain poncho, and be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions. Remember that the temperature on average decreases by 1.8 degrees F / 1 degree C for every 100 vertical yards / vertical meters. If the temperature is still pleasant at ocean level in Santa Cruz, it can be quite cold when arriving in locations higher in the Anaga mountains.
Closed Sections of the Trail
The TF-10 might have a formally closed section if the road repairs near Los Batanes village are not finished yet. However, in my experience the trail is perfectly “hikable”.
Do You Need a Permit to Hike the TF-10?
No permit is required to hike the TF-10 trail.
Only Sendero el Pijaral (former TF-7 trail) requires a free permit in the Anaga Rural Park.
Do You Need a Guide to Hike the TF-10?
You do not require a guide to hike the TF-10. You might want to book a guide if you want to get a nice introduction to the history of the region, its culture, as well as flora and fauna.
Dangerous Animals and Plants
Tenerife has no dangerous fauna, and very few somewhat dangerous plants that can cause skin and eye irritation. These are not an issue on the TF-10 trail.
If you hear something rustling in the grass, it’s just a family of lizards, as there are no snakes on the island (thank god!).
Can You Hike the TF-10 with Children?
TF-10 is not a child-friendly trail. It’s physically demanding and relatively long. There are also a few trail sections with steeper sides.
If you are looking for child-friendly trails in Tenerife, we recommend Sendero de los Sentidos (starts at Cruz del Carmen and partially intersects with TF-1 trail), TF-4, or TF-5, all in Anaga. Outside Anaga we recommend the circular trail around the Guimar Volcano. In Teide National Park we very much liked the Chinyero loop around the Chinyero volcano, the short, but super scenic loop around Roques de Garcia, and the moon-like Sendero de Samara trail. Another child-friendly trail is a hike around the Montana Negra, however, definitely get a GPS app for this trail as it’s easy to wander of course.
All links in the previous paragraph go to the trail head in Google Maps that can be reached by a car.
Mouflon hunting may rarely take place in the Anaga Rural Park. If it’s planned or ongoing, there will be signs at the trailhead and at regular intervals. Choose another trail if mouflon hunting is ongoing.
Forest Fire Warnings
Forest fires can be a risk in the Anaga Rural Park, especially during the hot season. There are years when the trails are closed for days or weeks due to forest fires or their risk.
Anaga Rural Park Rules
Lighting a Fire
Lighting a fire is strictly prohibited, even gas stoves.
Wild camping is officially not permitted.
I’ve asked park rangers about wild camping, and the unofficial policy appears to be that as long as you clean up after yourself and leave a location as you found it, you should not run into trouble. Camping should be done only in groups of 1-2 persons.
Collecting Flora and Rocks
Preserving Anaga Rural Park’s unique biodiversity is crucial. Therefore, it is striclty prohibited to collect flora (plants, flowers, fruits, etc.) or rocks from within the park.
Border guard and customs officials regularly check for plants on the border. For example, my wife’s plants purchased and collected on the island outside protected areas were anyway confiscated by customs officials when she arrived on Spanish mainland with a ferry.
Taking Trails Without a Permit
There areas in Anaga which are strictly of limits such as the Monte Aguirre area close to Cruz del Carmen.
The only two trails requiring a free permit are the Sendero El Pijaral trail and the trail through the Monte Aguirre Exclusion Zone. If you are caught on these trails without a permit, or in any of the prohibited nature reserve areas, the fine can go up to 601.01 euros.
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Where to Stay in Anaga (Recommended Hotels and Homestays)
There are not very many options of staying overnight in the Anaga Rural Park itself and these are concentrated in the largest villages like Taganana, Almaciga and Benijo. I’ll add recommended options for hikers at a later date. In the meantime, search Booking.com for Anaga, read the reviews and check the accommodation’s proximity to hiking trails.
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