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Puerto Rico Day Trips Travel Guide

Los Picachos Trail – Some Great Views in El Yunque

Los Picachos Trail

Update- 7/2020 New rules- in order to visit this and the other trails and features along RT 191, you need to make a reservation on Recreation.gov webpage or via mobil app.

Update- This trail is open!

We are fortunate to have El Yunque rain forest as our backyard, so we have had the opportunity to hike all of the trails in El Yunque National Forest.

Los Picachos trail is a short, side spur along El Yunque peak trail, that is definitely worth the time and effort it takes to get there. Los Picachos trail heads to the east, and leads to an incredible 360° view.

Los Picachos trail is only 0.2 miles long, and the trail map sign rates its difficulty level as easy. That’s somewhat misleading. It is not as easy as they make it out to be.

Los Picachos Trail

In order to get there, you need to walk about 2 miles up the El Yunque peak trail, which is rated as challenging. Then, at the end of Los Picachos trail, in order to get to the look-out point, you need to climb 60 steep steps.

However, once you get to the look-out point, you are well-rewarded.

From this eastern-most look-out area, you get a view of the northeast coast, the east coast, and (on a clear day) the islands beyond Fajardo. You also get great views of Yokahu Tower, the Mount Britton Tower, and the tower at El Yunque Peak.

Los Picachos Trail

The stairs are tough, but take your time. There are some nice breezes and views as you rest on the way up the steps.

The trail map sign says that the elevation at Los Picachos is about 3,175 feet, so it is breezy, and sometimes the cooling clouds blow by. But the look-out is in full sun, so wear a hat and sunscreen. And bring plenty of water.

This trail is one of the less-than-well-maintained trails in the forest, so I recommend appropriate hiking shoes.

Los Picachos Trail

Once you are done with Los Picachos peak, you need to head back to El Yunque trail. At that point, you can continue up the El Yunque peak (you might as well … you’ll be almost there), or you can retrace your steps and head back to the car.

On this most recent trip, we skipped El Yunque peak and just headed back to our starting point. That hike took us about 3 hours, up to Los Picachos and back to the Palo Colorado Visitor Center.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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Post Maria- June/18- due to landslides, RT 191 iis closed above La Coca Falls. It may take another years to get the roads and trails totally reopened.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Jun 2018

Can you please provide a status on the condition of El Yunque? Thank you!

Comment by Susan Hernandez on 13 Jun 2018

Thank you for your information provided on this site. It has been so helpful. My husband & I will be visiting PR next month for the second time. I want to plan ahead of time activities for us to do since we will only be there for one week . This hiking trip to El Yunque is definitely one of them. Also, your maps are helpful. You are amazing, many thanks!

Comment by Jessica on 27 Jul 2012

So the previous comment points out that this article alone has a $50 to $80 value. Imagine the value of information provided by the entire site!! And just to think -- all this information presented for free (as a treat and a gift) to anyone who is interested. Extraordinary, above and beyond, and so appreciated.

Comment by Josh on 27 Mar 2012

This information is perfect because you can do hiking by your own if you follow the information. I have seen many tourism companies that charge you 50 -80 dollars to take you there. Im very disappointed with that. While I was living in Hong Kong, I was doing a lot of hiking and they NEVER charge me for that. I wish other people can read this article before they pay for the trip. If you can do it by your own.....why are you going to pay? El Yunque is a beautiful rain forest, so enjoy it ;-) Thanks guys for the information.

Comment by Glorimar on 26 Mar 2012

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