Tres Cruces - Escazu Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Tres Cruces - Escazu Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Torrotillo, San José, Costa Rica 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.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

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).

hiking
12 days ago

1 month ago

the trail itself was great. our only difficulty was that there was zero signage and a few times we had to double back. there were a few spots where the rain has washed the trail to a fairly steep grade but other than that it was good.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was as reviewed by the others. We went on a Friday and met exactly 0 people on the trail which is nice. If you had a 4x4 you could drive up past the resteraunt about 4-500 meters before the trail forks off which is marked. we were about 2 hours up and 40 min down. It is pretty much straight up, a good slog for my 61 year old lungs.
Fantastic views and cow pattys. Unfortunately the two resterants were closed when we got down, Friday 1.30?beers delayed

3 months ago

Great hike with awesome views of San Jose. Trail was A little overgrown with vegetation in some areas, but clear visible path the entire way. Previous review with directions to Restaurante Valle Azul (great view and hospitable for beer and wifi afterward) and dirt path to the right were spot on. Recommended!

11 months ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

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!