My classic lump from this year’s holiday in Tenerife was Montaña Sámara. At 1937m above sea level it sounds quite impressive, until you note that the nearby car park is at 1875m, leaving only about 62m of ascent and half a kilometre of walking (one way). Like Montaña Chayofita, this hill is a cinder cone: the result of a single moderate-sized volcanic eruption. Unlike Montaña Chayofita it is not surrounded by a holiday resort but is near the centre of the island, in the Parque Nacional del Teide. The hill appears to be made entirely of dark-coloured volcanic ash, sparsely vegetated with a sprinkling of Canarian Pine trees.
The car park is on the TF-38 road that leads up from the town of Chio into the national park. It is immediately apparent on parking that the walk to the summit is not going to be too much of a physical or navigational challenge.
The first 250m are gentle ascent on a good path. Various paths then converge, including one that goes into the crater, should you wish to inspect it, and one leading away into the distance. We eschewed these, picking the obvious ascent up the near side of the crater. After 30m of stiff ascent on nasty gravelly cinders we reached a short, airy ridge leading to the summit. A keen visitor with more time on their hands could easily visit the North side of the crater; I was pleased to see when I made the map above that it is slightly lower than the South summit.
The view inland shows the crater of Montaña Sámara in the foreground, with the summit of Pico del Teide in the background; this is not only the tallest mountain on the island, but is also the highest point in the whole of Spain. The view seawards would probably be splendid on a clear day, but when we visited it was very hazy; we could not see down to the coast at all.
Descent, as you can see from my GPS trail on the map is the reverse of the ascent. The cinders are very slippery on the way down and showed an annoying tendency to get inside my walking sandals. If you are going to attempt the walk yourself, I would recommend closed shoes!