Pico de Malpaso

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Pico de Malpaso
Malpaso el hierro.jpg
Highest point
Elevation1,501 m (4,925 ft) [1]
Prominence1,501 m (4,925 ft) [1]
Coordinates27°43′46″N 18°02′26″W / 27.72944°N 18.04056°W / 27.72944; -18.04056Coordinates: 27°43′46″N 18°02′26″W / 27.72944°N 18.04056°W / 27.72944; -18.04056
TranslationDifficult step peak (Spanish)
Pico de Malpaso is located in Canary Islands
Pico de Malpaso
Pico de Malpaso
Location in the Canary Islands
LocationEl Hierro, Canary Islands
Mountain typevolcanic[2]
Easiest routehike

Pico de Malpaso (English: "difficult step peak") is the highest point on the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands, Spain.


The summit rises at the centre of the island on the border between Frontera and El Pinar de El Hierro municipalities (Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife).[3] On the mountain's top, at an elevation of 1,501.762 m above sea level, is located a trig point.[3]

From the mountain one can see the island of La Palma and others islands of Canary archipelago.


The island of El Hierro is the youngest of the archipelago and is around 3 million years old. Its present shape is derived from the erosion on its volcanic cone.[1]


Malpaso slopes host woods and heaths with relevant samples of Canary Islands juniper (Juniperus cedrus), some of them said to be more than one thousand years old. The most important animal from a conservationist point of view is El Hierro giant lizard (in Spanish lagarto Salmor), an endangered species of reptiles.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Naturaleza, El Hierro, Islas Canarias". el-hierro.costasur. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  2. ^ Hausen 1964, p. 550.
  3. ^ a b "Reseña de vértice geodésico: Malpaso" (PDF). IGN. Retrieved 2016-01-01.


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