Montana de Tauro

  • Montana de Tauro
  • 1219 m
  • Primary factor 291 meter
  • Location: North 27.89577, West 015.69136, (GPS at the summit)
  • Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Difficulty: (YDS) class 1
  • Climbed December 6. 2014.


How to get there:
This mountain is located on the island of Gran Canaria. From the souternmost city, Maspalomas, drive the autostrada west (direction Mogan), when the big road ends, continue north up the valley to the village of Mogan. As you leave the city, start to measure. Drive 2.3 kilometer to the point in the valley where the main Hwy. makes a sharp left bend. Take the smaller road GC-605 that forks right here. This road climbs with many turns to a road fork at kilometer 11.2. The sign pointing right says Soria and Arguineguin, drive this road to kilometer 11.2. There are several small spots where one may park a car off the road. This is the trailhead, location N27.90425, W015.68686, elevation about 915 meter.
Route description:
The trail starts out with a nicely made small ramp. It is very clear and also marked with a few small cairns. High up on the slope, there is a fork with a sign pointing left for Montana Tauro. In fact, it is somewaht easier (and shorter) to ignore this sign, that is, go right and climb to the trail levels off. Take a small trail (cairns) forking left here. This trail will get you directly to the summit. There is a pretty big pile of rocks, and even a summit register.
I left my car at 0945 and arrived at the summit in 30 minutes. I signed the summit register, noting that the clear majority of signatures were Norwegians. After 15 minutes, I descended leisurely back to my car, arriving there at 1100.
A short trip, but it can be recommended. I needed to go to the airport to pick up my son Pål Jørgen later this afternoon.