Vereda Mt. Britton is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near the city of Rio Grande that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
There was a ranger who prohibited my passage to the trail head. I don't know what that was about, but I was not going to let myself be deterred so I hiked up the trail to El Yunque and crossed over on the Mt. Britton spur to get to the tower and summit. As I gained elevation I noticed that I came out of the forest and was more into the jungle near the summit. It was a very nice hike, both for viewing of surroundings and also for the scenic views from the summit.
It is a small cement path and very steep that was the worst part of my hike but motive im a beginner and overweight hiler
We hiked from the Mt. Britton parking area all the way to the peak of El Yunque (via the Mt. Britton Spur trail that connects them). It's an amazing hike with lush greenery and mostly clear pathways. The best advice I can give you is to get there EARLY. The park fills up so fast, and your only chance to enjoy it quietly is to get there right when the park opens at 7:30.
As you approach the peak, there is a small trail that cuts off to the right. TAKE IT. There's a rock there that overlooks the entire island that should not be missed. It is typically very cloudy and windy up there, so be careful and just wait for the clouds to clear so you can see how far you've come. It's truly spectacular.
From the peak, you can take service road 10 back down to the Mt. Britton trail to save time. Have fun! :)
Plenty of parking but would get there fairly early since it can fill up in high tourist season. The trail up to the tower is all uphill but well maintained. If you want, you can continue on the Mt. Britton Spur which will connect you to the El Yunque trail (turn left) which will take you to the top of the mountain. Fantastic views on a clear day. Beware, you are under the trees for most of the hike but you can still get a lot of sun so apply sunscreen.
Hector L. P.
Easy scenic trail.
Hector L. P.
Trail is well maintained with excellent views to the coast to the North, East, and South and to San Juan on days when the sky is clear.
Arrive early as the park fills quickly. On the day that we were there, they closed the park at 1:00 pm due to the large number of visitors to the park
Steep climb but the forest canopy provides excellent shade for most of the way. You will be rewarded with some of the best views anywhere when you reach the top.
we love it and do it all the time . i think the best part is when u actually reach thr top of the tower and are able to enjoy the view. everytime its deferent. if raining its very cold and u will have small visibility due to fog. when sunny and hot the refreshing winds cool u down. etc. do it u will enjoy. ;)
Steep but worth the trip. the view from the tower is amazing. you can see what seems like all of Puerto Rico! The trail is well maintained by the Park Service but water washes over it in a number of places, esp when raining.