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.
At a Glance
Permit is required for camping.
All year except christmas
Tents must be located at least 30 feet away from any trail or body of water and at least 50 feet from roads and developed picnic sites. Do not dig trenches/diversions to channel water. 14 day stay limit, 8 people max per group.
The trailhead is located on PR 930 approximately ¼ mile west of the closed gate at the upper (southern) end of PR 191, km 13.0 in the EYNF El Yunque Recreational Area. Limited parking is available on the left (south) side of PR 930 just before the trail sign, and/or adjacent to the gate at the end of PR 191. Cars must be parked well off the road, not blocking the road or trailhead, and should be locked with any valuables secured in the trunk or carried along on the trail.
Starting at the Forest Service Mount Britton trail sign, the trail ascends rapidly through the Sierra Palm forest, crosses two rushing mountain streams and then intersects with Forest Service Road 10 (closed to public vehicle traffic). The hiker turns right and continues along this road for approximately 500 feet, where it intersects with the remaining portion of the trail. The trail leads steeply upward through the Cloud Forest until it reaches Mount Britton peak and the Mount Britton Tower.
Use small campstove, do not build campfires. If you must build campfire, it must be at least 30 feet from any river, stream, or developed trail. Build fires only in fire rings, stoves, or grills.