La Mina Trail

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
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The La Mina trail is the most popular, hence the most heavily traveled trail on the EYNF. The trail follows the course of the La Mina River downward through lush tropical trees, shrubs and flowers to the La Mina waterfall (Cascada La Mina). Along the way, it crosses and re-crosses the rushing river on many small bridges, passing tiny cascades and still pools filled with chilled mountain water, on its way to the falls.

General Information


This trail begins at the Palo Colorado Information Center located at PR 191, km 12.2 in the EYNF El Yunque Recreation Area. Parking is available in two adjacent paved parking lots, as well as at designated areas along the road.



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Day Hiking

The La Mina trail is 0.7 miles (1.2 km) long, descending from 2,132 feet (650 meters) to 1,640 feet (500 meters). Hiking time is approximately 30 to 45 minutes, one-way. This trail is rated as challenging in difficulty. It has several sets of winding concrete stairs that can make the return trip somewhat arduous. There are a number of covered picnic shelters (built of native stone by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930’s) available to hikers or picnickers near the trailhead. Each shelter has picnic tables, a barbeque and running water taps.

Elevation desc2132 to 1640 feet

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  Area/Length : 
.7 miles

  Elevation : 
1640 to 2132 feet - 2132 feet