Tres Cruces - Escazu Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near the city of San Jose that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Popular hike above Escazu to three separate crosses along the ridgeline, with each cross being larger as you climb. Many locals take their families up for weekend picnics. 3.1mi round trip, with an elevation gain of about 1,500 feet--so a pretty steady climb. Trail is in good condition during dry season, with no need for technical climbing. During rainy season, the trail becomes muddy and difficult to climb. You may encounter cows during the climb, but they are all very docile and if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone! Beautiful views of the Central Valley getter better the higher you go, with the 3rd cross being the pinnacle at the top of Cerro San Miguel. At the top, take a side trail to the left (south) of the 3rd cross just a short ways down to a ridgeline saddle for beautiful sweeping views of the various ridges looking towards Pico Blanco (due west) and Cerro Rabo de Mico (south).
Fantastic views. Bring a camera! Not technically difficult but very very steep in places though. Would recommend a walking stick for those who need it. On the way down, the earth is loose, so watch that you don't slip.
Great hike in Escazu. Park at Valle Azue Restaurant, and start up the dirt road to the right of the restaurant. Takes you to 3 distinct crosses, with each one more impressive. It's a pretty steady incline, but the trail is in good condition with no need for technical climbing. The views at the 3rd cross are outstanding, and there were many families there enjoying the views and having an early lunch picnic. Definitely worth the climb!