Looking for a great trail in El Yunque National Forest, East Region? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in El Yunque National Forest ranging from 1.3 to 4.2 miles and from 1,715 to 3,408 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Luquillo National Forest and the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.

hiking
4 days ago

No as hard as before Hurricane Maria. It took 3:30 hours to El Toro and back.

Great trail. Worn narrow mixed stone and cement path provides solid footing without being too easy or civilized. Loved every step. Stunning views along the way and from the tower on top.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
6 days ago

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muddy
over grown
rocky
8 days ago

We took the trail up to el toro in early June and it was quite warm and humid in the sun. The beginning third of the trail is lovely and wide and well cleared, but that gives way to lots of overgrown brush and extremely muddy spots which you can sink your whole foot into. We did the trail with one hiking pole, sneakers, shorts, and t shirts, and didn’t fall or hurt ourselves too badly, although if I were to do it again I’d probably do hiking boots and long pants. The heat is pretty rough, and in direct sunlight it feels like 85 degrees and is very humid. Make sure you bring lots of water because there isn’t any on the trail. The view at the top makes it all worthwhile. All in all, it’s a fairly difficult trail, but nothing a reasonably fit adult can’t tackle. Hope it helps!

amazing! magical!

hiking
15 days ago

Tremendous trail. Yes! It was difficult. But I enjoyed the views, the elevation, the rocks, the mud and the river I fell into. Must have taken approximately 300 photos....

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bugs
rocky
17 days ago

closed
19 days ago

Closed as of 6/7/2019

Great moderate trail. Well marked, concrete paths, and shelters. Arrive early for parking.

Perfect moderate length trail through rainforest in a well kept trail. Views from the lookout tower are amazing.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

on El Toro Trail

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muddy
over grown
1 month ago

closed
1 month ago

Trailhead is closed as of 05/08/19

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked and kid friendly; well worth the hike.

muddy
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

wear pants.

4/20/19 trailhead is closed. you can still get to the peak by taking the Britton trail and reconnecting. arrive early and beat the crowd.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

This trail was a good workout. The heat and the inclines make you sweat a good amount. The good news is that we were nice and hot to jump in the pools at the end. The trail seems to go on forever, you are walking on rocks most of the way and it is super overgrown. I suggest wearing pants. I wore shorts and didn’t have any problems, but you are running into plants the whole way, I wish I wore pants. The trail is muddy at parts, but I have hiked worse. I’m sure it gets muddier when it has rained a lot. The mini waterfall and pools at the end are refreshing and fun. We took a dip and enjoyed the cold water before we had to hike back up. Overall I recommend. This is a hard trail and not for the faint of heart.

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muddy
off trail
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

First of all I highly doubt that anyone has really completed both Toro and Tradewinds trail. That said, Toro Trail is in itself a hard clime. Long pants, long sleeve shirts and waterproof boots are a must. There is a lot of mud, jagged rocks and thorny vegetation. Unlike other trails in el Yunque in el Toro there are no natural springs so you must bring your own water. If you are not used to tropical weather bring even more water. All this hard work pays off at the end! The view is amazing. There is a lot of beautiful tropical fauna. I saw a few endemic trees and shrubs and flowers of Puerto Rico.

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muddy
2 months ago

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bugs
muddy
scramble
3 months ago

Beautiful trail but difficult and muddy and at some points you may have to plow through tons of spider webs that are across the trail and are hard to see. No point trying to keep your shoes clean! The way down is harder as you are constantly trying not to slip and fall. There are some canopies of large leaves where you can take shelter when it starts raining. Go to the very end (there will be a sign stating you have made it) and enjoy the gorgeous natural pool. The way up will be much easier, round trip took us about 4.5 hrs.

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muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Trail started out great. Progressively got muddier. We did have hiking sticks, but still fell 3 times..and got quite muddy-- Would not attempt without hiking sticks..very slick. We also got quite a few scratches on our legs..pants would have been better than the shorts we were wearing due to overgrowth.. We did persist and reached the top to see beautiful 360 degrees views. So would say it was worth it...just be prepared to get very muddy!

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Great, easy trail. We did it in flip flops and were perfectly fine. However, I highly recommend water shoes or waterproof hiking shoes so you can climb the rocks in the waterhole with more ease than flip flops. I also recommend bug repellant since mosquitoes can be bothersome. Otherwise, very easy trail that even kids can do. Waterhole is deep in some parts so just be cautious. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is open. Not much more difficult than the climb to the Britten tower, just a bit longer and more interesting overall. Good view when it clears up.

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muddy
3 months ago

toi muddy for the kids today.

One lane cement path with inset stones for some traction. This can get busy later into the day, a bit slick in the rain, and you'll have to step down from the path to avoid people. Super well marked, multiple shelters along to sit for a break or hide from the rain. Easy to continue to El Yunque. All we saw was clouds, but the tower itself was cool and the jungle is beautiful. Parking can get very full later in the day. Porta potty available at the start.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic little trail. If you want an easy, fun walk with the nice reward of a river going through the jungle, this is great. Just long enough to get the legs to warm up. Slight grade, wonderful new bridge, plenty of parking and much quieter than the trails and areas further into the park. We did this on our way out towards Ceiba after doing El Yunque and Mt Britton.

hiking
3 months ago

We did the Mount Britton trail, walked the road to the El Yunque peak, then descended on the El Yunque trail. There are always clouds in the mountains, so views might be limited, but the rainforest is beautiful, the trail is fairly easy, well travelled, can be slightly muddy. It seemed the bottom of the El Yunque was still closed. I'd be curious to do the full trail as it is more a true trail than the single lane, cement path of Mt. Britton. At the top of the trail, curl up around the antenna station to get to the peak and a small, old lookout building.

Mud fest! Hiking sticks definitely recommended for the extra slushy parts. Beautiful views from the top.

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