Editor's Note: El Yunque was formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest.
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New York, New York
July 30, 2008
From journal Puerto Rico Getaway!
The Villages, Florida
July 30, 2006
From journal Puerto Rico for the First Time
Somewhere, South Carolina
December 21, 2004
For the hike to the peak, take the "service" road instead of the actual trail and you'll be there in 45 minutes. Other sights to see before you head to the Peak of El Yunque include the trail to LaMina Falls. Beautiful! Many have taken a dip there, but when we went, it had rained in the days before and that day, so the water was murky and very dangerous.
From journal An Enchantment Week in Puerto Rico
by Jose Kevo
November 12, 2005
Information placards are scattered along the trail's first half, detailing significance of various tree species thriving in the Tabonuco Forest below 2,000 feet. Farther off-trail, some of these protected, towering hardwoods date a 1,000 years old, outliving relatives that used to luxuriate the island before Spaniards arrived and began culling lowlands. Many of Old San Juan's original structures still stand strong 500 years later thanks to durable beams and planks, but it was construction of Spanish warships that prompted an export ban, perhaps sparing further deforestation.
For peace of mind, identify the Yagrumo Tree, which is found all over the forest and dominates this area. Excelling with dual-purpose thanks to rapid growth over a short-lived lifespan of 40 years, Yagrumos provide critical canopy cover, and their odd-shaped leaves carpet the forest floor trapping seeds and pods for germination. However, it's a long fall from top to bottom, and leaves come crashing through the dense vegetation with a startling Jurrasic Park-type rumble!
Lower elevations receive less than 100 inches of annual rainfall but can be inundated with ground runoff from higher levels. Sunken trails weave along hair-pin curves descending the mountain where looking down can be as fascinating as trapsing with head tilted upward and mouth agape. Exposed from top soil continually washing away, intricate root systems have entangled with vines forming artistic natural sculptures clandestine in the sea of green.
Nearing the halfway point, stillness is enlivened with sounds of water cascading down the mountain, signaling anticipation for seeing the grand finale. Thundering turned out to be only a small stream meandering down a rock course, I turned back feeling extremely cheated. Thankfully, the final, earlier missed trail marker pinpointed that this wasn't the marvel and intended course was resumed.
La Mina Falls is the ultimate destination for using this trail, and the roar is audible long before sight. The falls is the park's most substantial, regardless of rainfall, and small pool at the base is the only spot for dipping. Cool waters were nice for soaking feet, and a person could totally submerge himself in the shallowness with a little effort, but large underwater rocks make for tipsy wading. What the area excels in for beauty, it lacks in size and quickly fills up on weekends.
From journal Rhapsody in Green
May 14, 2005
The trail is tough and a long walk. There are seats set up to rest on and castle-like lookouts at key sightseeing points. The views are breathtaking.
When the clouds roll in, it is also something to see. The mountains peaks get shrouded and almost disappear.
From journal A Week To Remember
July 25, 2004
From journal One week in Puerto Rico
Cary, North Carolina
January 22, 2004
From journal Puerto Rico - There's a Shrimp In My Pants!
May 28, 2012
From journal Budget Puerto Rico
by food crawlers
August 10, 2008
From journal Puerto Rico Trip
ventnor, New Jersey
January 24, 2007
From journal Long Weekend in Puerto Rico