This route from the coast to Pico de Las Nieves by gravel bike has been very cool. The Pico de Las Nieves is the second highest mountain in Gran Canaria with almost 2000 meters of altitude. Therefore, you can already imagine what the route is like. It is a round trip, perfect to do on any mountain bike. It runs through tracks and paths of little difficulty. Technically it is easy, but physically it requires being fit.
Tips to go from the coast to Pico de Las Nieves by bike
From Telde to Pico de Las Nieves there are hardly any places to buy water. You can only get water in the ravine that starts after the Valle de Los Nueve, where there is a small fountain on the left of the gravel track. Approximately one or two kilometres after it turns to dirt. It is therefore important that you carry at least 1.5 litres of water. Especially on hot days. And we recommend at least 5 energy bars as soon as you leave Telde.
Once on the Pico de Las Nieves you will have magnificent views of Roque Nublo and the peak of El Teide (Tenerife). Many cyclists often buy ammunition from a small van that sells food and drink in the area.
Main characteristics of the route
Once in El Pico, practically everything is downhill. On the route track we went through asphalt, but there is the possibility of looking for dirt roads. Although they would be much more technical than the ones we use to rise the slope. There is a section of gravel in La Caldera de Los Marteles, where you are probably going to have to carry your Gravel Bike or MTB. Maybe some Fat Bike with little tire pressure can do it …
This circular route is 102 km long, reaching 3000 m of total ascent. Approximately 40% of the route is on dirt or gravel. More paths could be chosen, but we would need up to 10 hours to complete it. In the case of the itinerary we share with you in this post, it took us 7 hours to complete it.
|Total ascent||3000 m|
|Estimated duration||6-8 hours|
|Minimum drink||1,5 l|
|Minumum food||800 kcal|
|Provisioning en route||Yes|
|Recommended bike||Gravel / rigid MTB rígida|
Once at the Pico de las Nieves, you can decide if you want to descend directly to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, saving half an hour and 10 km (contrary to what is shown on the track).
Track of the bike route to Pico de Las Nieves
Then you can download the track of the route in .gpx format so that you can follow it on your own without getting lost. If you don’t know how to download it and follow it from your navigator or smartphone with the app Gurú Maps, we’ll explain it to you here. If you want to support us so that we continue to create content for you about Gran Canaria, we will appreciate if you purchase one of our tracks, either to enjoy incredible routes or as a donation.
Below, you can see all our MTB routes to discover the island on your own.