"Hiking El Yunque" Puerto Rico Things to Do Tip by bsfreeloader

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  • Hiking El Yunque - Puerto Rico
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With over twenty-four miles of hiking trails, El Yunque is one of the best places in Puerto Rico to hike. Trails range from easy to moderately difficult and take anywhere from five minutes to several hours to complete. All but the easiest of trails involve some slippery, uneven, and unstable rocks and some steep inclines. Still, with an early start, hardcore hikers could knock off all or most of the trails in a single day. The trails include the following:

La Coca ? 1.75 miles; moderate difficulty; 600+ feet in elevation change; virtually no other hikers.
Big Tree ? 0.75 miles; moderate difficulty; 150+ feet in elevation change; hordes of other hikers; can be combined with La Mina Trail, in which case some walking along the road will be necessary.
La Mina ? 0.75 miles; moderate difficulty; 500 feet in elevation change; hordes of other hikers; can be combined with Big Tree Trail, in which case some walking along the road will be necessary.
Bano de Oro ? 0.25 miles; moderate difficulty; 200+ feet in elevation change; few other hikers, especially in comparison to the Big Tree and La Mina trails.
El Yunque ? 2.5 miles; moderately difficult; nearly 1400 feet in elevation change; fair number of other hikers, but virtually none early in the morning.
Mount Britton ? 0.5 miles; moderately difficult; 500+ feet in elevation change; fair number of other hikers, but virtually none early in the morning.
Mount Britton Spur ? 0.25 miles; easy; 150+ feet in elevation change; fair number of other hikers, but virtually none early in the morning.
National Recreation Trail ? 6.25 miles; difficult; 1000+ feet in elevation change; very few other hikers.

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  • Written Jan 23, 2008
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