Vereda La Mina [CLOSED] is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carata de la Mina, East Region, Puerto Rico that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 390 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips






wild flowers


4 months ago

Did the trail back in Sept 2017. Easy-Average trail with a pretty waterfall at the end. I hope they open it back soon for others to enjoy.

6 months ago

FYI - this trail is currently closed. We ended up hiking the Mt Britton and El Yunque trails which were amazing. Plenty of good views and the trails are in great shape.

Wed Jul 25 2018

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.

Wed Jan 10 2018

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.

Wed Dec 20 2017

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!

Thu Jul 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.

Tue Jun 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!

Mon 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.

Sun May 28 2017

Did this hike back on Feb 2016 trail was a little bit wet and slippery. It would be considered easy doable in regular shoes and clothes. There were a few waterfalls which were beautiful but a bit crowded. You can also swim under the La mina waterfall.

Fri May 26 2017

Absolutely beautiful

Wed May 17 2017

Great manicured trail

Wed May 10 2017

The Falls were great! I was too busy watching my step that I missed gawking at the rainforest. Obviously a very popular spot, would definitely try to go much earlier if I get another chance!

Thu Apr 20 2017

Beautiful hike and well maintained trail. Took about one hour round trip not including the time spent at the Mina falls. If possible, start the hike as early in the day as possible as the trail gets really crowded and it is a single track trail.

Thu Jan 12 2017

Lots of steps down and lots of steps back. Well worth it.

Tue Oct 18 2016

I came down the Big Tree trail to the falls, and came up this trail. This is a very different hike, as the previous trail was on a hillside and among trees, while this trail stayed close to water, and the ever present flow of the stream over rocks and into pools. It was a great counterpoint to the other trail, and I recommend combining the two to get the full experience.

Mon Sep 26 2016

There is a lot of stairs really easy to go down hard to go up the fall is very pretty we saw a couple of small brds

Sat Jan 09 2016

It was a quick 25-minute walk down in elevation following a river on a thin cement & rock paved trail. The falls at the end of the trail were cool, but a little anti-climatic. The walk back up is a lot of stairs for about 30 minutes, so you should be in fairly good shape to handle it. That said, I was in hiking boots but a lot of kids and older folks were in flip flops and bathing suits or having picnics in their everyday clothes. It was a good short 1-hour hike to get some exercise in for the day but nothing too impressive.

Wed Nov 11 2015


Sun Jul 27 2014

Beautiful, quick trail. We were able to squeeze it in the morning before we flew home from SJU in the afternoon.

Tue Dec 31 2013

Simply beautiful. I'm a waterfall junkie and this one is well worth the short hike.

Sun Jun 23 2013

There are two trails that lead down to La Mina Falls, the La Mina Falls Trail and Big Tree trail. They are almost the same distance (I think La Mina is a little shorter), but La Mina Trail is nice because the trail follows the La Mina river most of the way. To start at La Mina Trail, just make sure you pass the Big Tree parking lot and keep going up Hwy 191 until you get to La Mina Trail. You can also make this a loop hike if you incorporate Hwy 191 into your hike. The hike itself is awesome as it has many little waterfalls and pools to swim in and also the gorgeous La Mina Falls. Make sure to bring water shoes (you can buy them cheap at Walmart) so you can explore around the different falls and pools without hurting your feet on the rocks.

Fri Apr 05 2013

This trail is in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. Per Wikipedia, it is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. This is a hike to a fantastic waterfall. Out and back trail (0.7 mi each way). Awesome waterfalls for swimming. Very heavy traffic.

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