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Retamares Descent

Distance - 28kms

Technical Difficulty - 3

Fitness Level - 2

Riding Time - 2.5 to 4 hours

Altitude Profile -

 Retamares Profile
 

Approximate transfer time from south coast resorts - 1hour 15minutes

Starting at an altitude of 2200m above sea level the Retamares Descent is a popular trail choice for those wanting a descent but without being too technical. The route starts out on a fast flowing fire road, but don't relax, the surface is very loose and slippery and bravado here is often rewarded with a good dose of gravel rash! The trail then changes as we pass into loose volcanic gravel and then back into fast and flowing as it works it's way down the hillside. Soon we enter the single-track section with it's tight loose switchback descent and bedrock sections through to the view point at Boca del Paso. From here we take a few minutes to admire the stunning views over the whole of the south coast from Los Cristianos through to Callao Salvaje. After a final piece of single-track and some farm tracks we make a tarmac descent into the town of Adeje where we break for lunch before tackling the last off road section now affectionately known as "The Exfoliator" which runs along the pumice ridges adjacent to the Barranco del Ingles ending on the coast close to the village of La Caleta.