Big Tree Trail, El Yunque National Forest

4.6
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Bring your hiking boots and trek across the 1.4 km (0.8 mi) Big Tree Trail as you enjoy the sites and sounds of nature. Enjoy the 200-to 300-year-old trees that once filled the entire national park as you make your way through the lush green rainforest. Listen to the sound of local warblers singing while you cross one of many clear mountain streams. The asphalted trail is moderate in difficulty, has some steep climbs, and is full of covered picnic areas. It leads to a beautiful 10 m (35 ft) waterfall, which cascades down into an exquisite little pool. Go for a rewarding swim in the pool following your hike. Work out when and for how long to visit Big Tree Trail and other El Yunque National Forest attractions using our handy El Yunque National Forest online tour planner.
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  • The hike is short, but there are lots posts about vegetation and animals in the forest. We saw some chickens there.  more »
  • you can go to utube and search for vidyutraj for the video.. We went with kids and infants.. some part of the trail was slippery.. keep close watch of ur kids.. ask them not to run ! its worth the.....  more »
  • We (mom and two kids, ages 5 and 7) went last week and had a great time. We have never hiked before, but the entire trail is paved with textured cement so off we went. You do not need to book a tour....  more »
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  • Went today February 22, 2019 and a large part of El Yunque is closed still due to damage from the Hurricane including the Big Tree Trail, the Welcome Center and many of the bathrooms and other trails. You can drive and see the overviews from the road. Juan Diego Creek was the only real waterfall with a pool that we could walk up to. It was nice easy walk from the road. We were also able to see La Coca Falls from the road but it is not big enough to swim in or get under!
  • Beautiful trail but currently closed 2018
  • Absolutely a must! It requires a 30 minute hike through a narrow but concrete sidewalk leading directly to the falls and further past it if you choose. My wife who doesn't have a hiking bone in her body was able to do it. But, make sure to take your asthma pump if you require it.
  • Some of the facts about this trail: Big Tree trail is about 0.8 miles long one way. It starts at about 1800 feet and descends to 1640 feet, making it only about 160 ft drop in elevation. This means that it is not that steep. It is a fairly easy trail, except for those steps, so it has a "Moderate" difficulty rating. The trail head is located at the large parking lot at KM 10.4 on Road 191. It will take about 45 minutes to get to La Falls from the trail head, walking at a good speed. If you are a slower walker, or want to take your time and read the informational placards, it will take longer. There are some rain shelters with benches along the trail, so you can rest or get out of the rain. The trail is paved with asphalt or concrete most of the way. If you are planning on going into the falls, wear your bathing suit while hiking. There is no changing area at the waterfall. When you start walking on this trail, it is natural to stop at every placard sign that you come to. Another approach would be to read half on the way down and half on the way up. This way, you have an excuse to rest while you read the signs on the way up! The placards discuss all sorts of things about rain forests in general, and this one in particular. The trees, birds, insects, lizards, and plants you are seeing along the way. Take your time to look around and listen to the forest, it is a magical place, that is full of beauty. It seems longer then the indicated mileage as you anticipate getting to the waterfall. You can hear the waterfall long before you actually can see it. La Mina FallsAll this walking will lead you to the big pay-off — the La Mina Falls (Cascada La Mina). The water rushes over a cliff into a pool that people swim/play in. There are two ways to enter the pool. You can take the steps just at the end of Big Tree trail that lead down into the water. This way looks like an easy entry, but it’s not. It has lots of rocks and really sudden drop-offs. But if you go across the little bridge, you can step off of the trail to your right, and you can scramble down the rocks so you are face on with the falls. Wade straight in this way and swim out to the falls. The pool is not large, and it is popular, so it can fill up with people, which does take away some of the wonder of it. But I still think it is pretty and fun. Be aware – there are lots of slippery and sharp rocks – so wear water shoes. There are sometimes crabs hiding in the rocks. I have never heard of anyone getting pinched, but it could happen. The water is very heavy as it falls – test its weight before you sit directly under it. And just so you know – the water is "refreshing" – which translates to COLD! Be aware of chaging water conditions, flash floods can develop after a rain. There are no benches here, so you need to find a step or choose a rock if you want to relax and look at the view. The best pictures are from the bridge that connects Big Tree Trail to La Mina Trail.
  • Anyone who is well on Foot can visit the Big Tree Trail. Just do not go too far in Rainforest, it is also possible to get lost. It's fantastic to hear how many Birds are chirping high up in the Trees. Many Plants the Flowers. Definitely, a Nature Spectacle here in Puerto Rico.
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