Tres Cruces - Escazu Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Tres Cruces - Escazu Trail is a 4.8 kilometer 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.

4.8 km
487 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



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).

8 days ago

Great views of the whole valley as you up the path. Not too challenging but does get a little steep in places.

3 months ago

Take caution if you come here. I’m studying abroad in Costa Rica for five months and one thing I learned is that if a local tells you not to go somewhere..don’t go. I got home after doing this hike and my host mother was appalled that I went to such an unsafe place. The location of this hike is in one of the most dangerous/ crime-infested areas of San José, so if you go, go in a group or not at all. The view was cool though.

5 months ago

Great views! Very steep in several places, but worth it.

5 months ago

Great trail in the dry season. Seems nearly impossible during the rainy season. Well worth the easy half-day trip out of SJ.

9 months ago

there are multiple trails that actually go up to the biggest cross so I've heard. the trail was slick and overgrown, but the views going up were worth it. very steep and rocky.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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!

Monday, May 16, 2016

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.

Monday, April 04, 2016

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!

5 months ago

6 months ago

Thursday, April 13, 2017