Explore the most popular birding trails in Ei Yunque National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Seemed like much longer than 3.2 miles but was probably due to the slow pace we had to go, was a slopfest with the mud and didn't have much time to look up. We only got in 20 hrs before and didn't rain in that time and is after rainy season (mid-Jan). We didn't look carefully at the map so I thought that the trail was next to the water for much of the time, but you can only hear the water and falls and pools except for 2 crossings and the end. Pools were very nice, but if I were to do it again, would just stop at early first crossing and enjoy the waterfall just up from there.

Trail is still closed but totally doable! Just pass the barrier and prepare to bushwhack a little and have fun! At no point were we unclear about the direction of the path. We managed to do this in the rain.

Just be sure to wear long pants!! There are long grasses along the way that will tear up your legs. They stick to you and have these sharp edges that draw blood. And find a stick to knock down all the spider webs. By the time you’re heading back down, there will already be more! Fun hike and recommended for the adventurous!

There is one lookout near the top where you can feel the strong winds rushing over the peak. This is honestly far cooler than the little lookout tower on top. Hold your arms out and feel like you’re flying! Just don’t slip!

Never seen a forest of palms before! Super cool and worth the effort.

Slippery but fun!

Extremely mudy but beautiful rainforest trail.

hiking
13 days ago

This trail is OPEN and beautiful! It wasn’t super crowded we got there around 10 am took us about 1.5-2 hours but we are slow and have a 10yr old dog that needed some water breaks then pee breaks. It does get slippery in some spots so wear good shoes and watch where you step! Have fun!

beautiful! go early because it gets busy.

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome trail! Wait until the end for succession of natural pools. Can be VERY muddy... bring dry and clean clothes.

Closed on Dec 8 2018 along with all other trails starting / in the vicinity the Rec area here.

Took me about 5.5 hours to the top and back to the trailhead. I did hustle back down because I was running out of light.
Must have hiking shoes, pants, long sleeve. I made the mistake of short sleeves and my arms got sliced up in a couple places. Regular tennis shoes will not cut it on this trail. Also helped to have walking sticks for balance.
Only one two spots where I had to climb over downed trees, it was no problem though.
This trail is difficult during and after rain. Thank goodness for tree roots. Lots of deep spots that look like shallow mud, was helpful to poke around with the walking stick. After the "1.1 km left" sign to the top is pretty slippery and muddy.
In general, inclines were no problem. And lots of tree roots on or at the periphery of the trail to help with keeping footing.
I also liked that the path was obvious. Although the vegetation is thick is spots, it is very clear where to go. The trailhead is also obvious and has parking across the street.
The views on ascent are beautiful.
Be prepared that the cloud cover at the peak may block the view.
Overall, a fantastic experience. I hope for clear skies next time.

Very muddy, but totally worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Only trail open in the forest. Hike down to flowing stream and then further to waterfall with pool at bottom for cooling off. Can be very muddy. Low traffic too.

This trail was no joke - it’s basically a mud slush fest all the way to the top, or at least it was for me. The summit was worth it though. Definitely wear long pants and sleeves if you can bear it - the foliage is sharp and unrelenting and will leave you with cuts and scrapes.

Only trail open in El Yunque for our visit (Nov 2018). Very muddy and slippery, but rewarding watering hole at the end. Be prepared to get messy/wet and bring water! Beautiful rainforest, but very difficult trail. Took us about 3.5-4 hours round trip.

Limited parking at the trailhead and we did see a ranger ticketing cars parked alongside the road.

Difficult but the views are totally worth it!

This trail was the first one to be reopened after María. We went there mid-July. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. The trail is constantly being maintained by volunteers. The measured distance was 5.13 miles with an elevation differential of 1282 ft.

It took our group about 5 hours with multiple rest stops. The most demanding portion is toward the end of the trail, but extremely rewarding. The views are spectacular!

It always rains in El Yunque so good boots and rain gear are higly recommended.

If you go, enjoy the trail!!!

The Trees and tropical vegatation is unbelivably HUGE. It is amazing and very different. Trail is easily marked with beautiful waterfalls.

This trail is still closed from hurricane Maria but the rainforest is gorgeous and still worth the visit. They do allow you far enough up (driving) to see Coca Falls and they also allow you to go to the first viewing tower just a little past the Coca Falls. There isn't a lot of parking but stay patient and you will get a spot. There is a 30 minute time limit on parking. Only trail we found that was open was Angelito. Short but it leads you to a nice stream.

Still closed from hurricane Maria but the rainforest is gorgeous and still worth the visit. They do allow you far enough up (driving) to see Coca Falls and to the first viewing tower. There isn't a lot of parking but stay patient and you will get a spot. There is a 30 minute time limit on parking. Only trail we found that was open was Angelito. Short but it leads you to a nice stream.

Still closed from hurricane Maria but the rainforest is gorgeous and still worth the visit. They do allow you far enough up (driving) to see Coca Falls and to the first viewing tower. There isn't a lot of parking but stay patient and you will get a spot. There is a 30 minute time limit on parking. Only trail we found that was open was Angelito. Short but it leads you to a nice stream.

Only did out and back to top of el toro but perfect 3 hr round trip hike with amazing view at the top for snack or lunch! The trail was open and was even being maintained on the day we were there. Definitely a must do hike but it will get your shoes muddy and our dog in this case.

This trail is inaccessible as of today 6/24/2018 due to road construction.

Hiked this trail about a month ago with my girlfriend and had a lot of fun! You can definitely see how the hurricane has effected the trail and it’s surrounding forest; nonetheless, it was still a great experience. Prepare for mud...lots of it, especially after you pass the “0.7 miles to the end of trail marker”. It gets steep towards the top, but the view is worth it. Per my Apple Watch, I think I burned about 2100 Calories! Be safe and stay hydrated.

My favorite hike in el Yunque forest. Have done it so many times that lost count. It is beautiful hike and the views on the Rock (to the right couple of minutes prior reaching the top) are amazing. Then can go down the road to reach Mt Britton and continue that trial which connects to Yunque trail or continue the road until another trial to have different view and then just take the road back to the parking lot. Not sure if it has open after the hurricane so check before going.

We hiked this trail 2 weeks ago (April 27, 2018) to the top of El Toro peak but did not continue the Tradewinds trail due to weather at the peak (the El Toro peak is about 2.3 miles along and Fitbit tracked at 172 floors elevation climb). The trail started off dry in the lower treeline, then turned muddy about 1/2 way up the trail. Still fairly easy to navigate with the rocks, branches and the sides of the trail. A good vigorous workout, especially the last 1000 feet which was a steep stone staircase climb to the summit. We encountered rain and high winds at the peak so we did not get to see the view ... but the cloud layers in the high winds that day were whipping the clouds spectacularly over the peak like in an airplane! It's evident the canopy and tree damage from the hurricane Irma, and we were told the Tradewinds Trail had not yet been cleared for hiking as of May 2018. The El Toro trail had been cleared in the past few months, but only to the peak. Wear good hiking shoes, prepare for mud and make sure you have enough water to keep hydrated.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful forest, fairytale hike. Few great views on the way. Not very difficult. Come early so you won't have problems with parking spot.

11 months ago

Amazing Hike,❤

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Much less crowded than other hikes in the area, likely due to it being somewhat more challenging. Beautiful view overlooking the entire rainforest.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Was expecting to see more flora and animals through the forest, but still very enjoyable hike. We arrived early (~8-9) to avoid tourist traffic!

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

When hiking El Yunque there you can see Los Picachos, El Yunque Peak, Roca El Yunque Rock, and Mt. Button Tower in a 5.5 mile hike. Park at Palo Colorado where there is a small information/gift shop and bathrooms. Walk up to Baño Grande and see that. You'll see the El Yunque trail to the right and take it all the way up ~2 miles to the Los Picachos trail which is the first trail to your right. It's only .7 miles to Los Picachos and well worth seeing the view. Then go back and take your next right to Roca El Yunque and El Yunque Peak...It is very windy so watch your hat! After El Yunque hike the service road down to Mt. Button which will be your second left, then backtrack to the spur trail to go back down to Palp Colorado.

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