Start Location: 28.101013, -16.687554
This trek has the same starting point as both Roque del Conde and the canyon walk at 28.101013, -16.687554. This walk boasts an almost perfect pyramidal peak summit climb and incredible views.
Difficulty: Easy/Medium for the experienced. Hard for novices or the unfit.
This walk would be classed as an easy to medium level trek for those with experience in hiking and bouldering. However, care must be taken at the end of the trek whilst scrambling up the last few meters for the lesser experienced. The walk should take around 2 hours to reach the top totalling an average of 4-5 hours for the total hike. Difficulty also ranges depending on temperature as even a difference in 10oC can make this walk exponentially harder or easier. Take plenty of water and snacks as it is a relatively long trek – Minimum 3 litres each on hotter days, 2 litres on cooler days.
There are ancient man-made caves around the half-way point of this walk which provides some of the only shade and shelter from the sun. If walking in the midday heat, make sure to stop in the shade here to rehydrate and eat. It is worth being vigilant for cacti species, which are a common group of flora found on the island as these are armed with large spines. These can give you a nasty jab and leave the needles embedded which can lead to nasty infections if not cleaned or removed properly.
Roque Imoque is the slightly higher and pyramidal peaked mountain positioned next to roque del Conde. This route starts along the same path as the Conde route. As you follow the path you enter a small canyon from which you exit on the other side. Once you exit the canyon on the other side you will notice a smaller dirt track which slowly leads you away to the right from the main path. This then makes its way to the left-hand side of the mountain leading to a ridge overlooking the stunning landscape that progressively flows to the western coast. Continuing up the route leads to a small plateau with a man-made rock circle. Beside the circle is a sign which points to the summit of Imoque. This is when the route begins to become dangerous, proceed with care. The incline become much steeper and soon the path leads to a few staggered vertical bouldering climbs to the summit. Climb these sections with the upmost care, although easy… one mistake could spell disaster as there are loose rocks, unstable footing and large drops on every side. The summit of this almost perfect pyramidal peak boasts a full 360o panoramic view which reveals a stunning and rarely seen perspective of Arona and the surrounding area.