El Yunque Trail

Top choice hiking in El Yunque

On a clear day, never-ending views of Vieques and Culebra reward hikers who tackle the almost 1500ft elevation gain on this 2.4-mile, 1½-hour trail to the top of El Yunque (3496ft). Starting opposite the Palo Colorado Information Center, you'll ascend past mountain-palm trees and waterfalls to the cloud forest with 'dwarf' trees, to the observation deck surrounded by communication towers.

If you want a rock scramble from here, take Los Picachos Trail (0.17 miles) to another old observation tower and feel as if you have crested a tropical Everest. You can return via a different route by descending down a service road to the Mt Britton Trail and then down a dirt track to Rte 191 and back to your starting point.