Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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 is what PR vacations are about.

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.

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.

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3 months ago

This is not a hike but an easy walk except for the 5 ft of rock scramble due to closed bridge section. We get there early to avoid cruise ship traffic and local family picnics but our dog swims and the rope swing is great if you go as high as possible before swinging to give you a huge arc and avoid the rocks. You can sit in natural rapids for a jacuzzi and water is perfect temp as long as you just jump in.

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
6 months ago

Short and sweet. Waterhole at the end.

walking
7 months ago

Short but pretty. Lots of small animals (lizards, birds, snails). The second half was closed due to floods washing out the bridge and swimming was not recommended because of flash flooding.

8 months ago

Amazing Hike,❤

Hiked this trail back in Spring 2017. The Mina falls is very trafficked and there were a lot of people. Climate of course was humid and hot. Is a short trail that has a river alongside most of it. Found it easy since many families with children were hiking as well. The waterfall is beautiful, was not able to dip into since i did not have swimming suit but a lot of people were playing in the water. I started hiking in running shoes but once we got there I changed to water sandals which I STRONGLY recommend if you want to walk through the rocks and eventually jump in.

hiking
10 months ago

Did this hike with my wife on a mini-vacation from a conference. The rain came down in buckets, but it was still amazing. The waterfall was kicking with all of the rain. Slippery when wet!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

My husband and I loved hiking this trail on our trip to Puerto Rico. It was beautiful! The foliage and sounds of running water made it a breathtaking experience.

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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!

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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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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Excelente sendero. Lo mejor es el final. Nos tardamos 38 minutos en bajar y 30 en virar. La cascada la mina es espectacular. Se siente mucha paz.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So worth it. This hike can be hard if you're not use to change in elevation, tons of humidity, climbing, heat, etc. But it's short and if you take it easy I'm pretty confident most can accomplish and enjoy the beautiful waterfall! It gets busy. Swimming in the waterfall is awesome!

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Tough trail. I would rate this as a difficult trail rather than moderate. Wear good waterproof hiking boots! You will cross wide streams and walk through lots of deep squishy mud and slippery rocks/roots. Trail is well marked and end of trail is rewarding with river pools to swim in. Bring swimwear and lots of water to stay hydrated! Trail head says it's 1.8mi/1.5hr. Took us about 3.5hr to hike out and back.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

I did this hike May 13th. I live in Florida so these are the closest mountains for me to get to easily. We went on a long weekend and I love hiking so any chance to get some elevation for hiking (Florida is flat) and I'm game. It's not Hawai'i or Colorado, but La Mina Falls hike was very cool.
I was disappointed with the lack of information about Hiking in PR. The drive up was fine. The road was well maintained, but there were a few narrow spots so beware or go on on if the many guided tours.
The friend I traveled with had never hiked so we tried to take well worn trails.
The hike to La Mina Falls was mostly paved with a 2ft wide path. It was fairly easy in hiking shoes and well maintained.
When we got to the falls my friend went swimming, as were a lot of locals. It seems to be a popular swimming spot. Note to self, wear a swim suit under my hiking shorts next time lol. The water was cold and the rocks surrounding the Falls were not too slippery.
After swimming/wadding, we noticed several people easily hiking off trail below us, actually they were barefoot so we decided to check out the other smaller falls downhill.
I love going off the beaten path, so this was fun and not too difficult to boulder. It took us away from the 30 or so people who were swimming in La Mina by noon.
Overall, for hiking this was fun and relatively close. Plus, you don't need a passport for Puerto Rico!
I would definitely include hiking if I was going to PR.
We wish we had time to climb MT Britton, but by noon it was raining at higher altitude and I decided not to go into uncharted territory in the rain with a novice hiker.
There is always next time!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

It was lovely. On a hot day you can jump in and cool down. Also a great location to take pictures under the waterfall.

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