Torre Britton, El Yunque National Forest

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Take in the views of El Yunque rainforest from Torre Britton, which sits at an elevation of 941 m (3,088 ft). Take a short hike through the lush forest to reach the peak, where an observation tower offers panoramic views of the jungle below. On a clear day the views stretch as far as the eye can see, but cloudy weather can limit visibility. Wear appropriate footwear and take care on the sometimes slippery, though paved paths. Take a break from your hike at one of the rest stations located along the pathway. Put Torre Britton into our El Yunque National Forest itinerary planning website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in El Yunque National Forest.
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  • Amazing that years ago the CCC built this look out tower. The hike was moderate with the hot and sticky weather. So glad we went up for the rainforest experience and final views. The trail up is the s...  more »
  • Amazing views. The tower gets you above the trees on top of the peak so you can get the real views of the whole east side of the island  more »
  • This was a observation post built probably around the Seventeenth Century. Build as an OP AGAINST ENEMIES LIKE SIR FRANCIS DRAKE  more »
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  • Constructed of stone, the tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Both tower and mountain are named for botanist Nathaniel Britton who with his wife and colleague, Elizabeth Knight Britton identified a substantial amount of the native and endemic tree and plant species of the Luquillo mountains in the 1920s. On a clear day the tower’s observation deck affords the lucky hiker a panoramic view of the surrounding forest, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the southeastern and northeastern coastal plain.
  • This is a pretty steep hike, but definitely worth it! Amazing views at the top. Also you can see tons of wildlife and interesting flowers along the trail
  • A much shorter hike than to El Yunque peak, but still with a great view.
  • We confirmed the steep hike last week but it's well worth the effort.
  • Close to 1.5 miles hike. Not hard as there are walking paths and unpaved roads.
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