Explore the rain forest on the Big Tree Trail

Tom’s Experience hiking the Big Tree Trail:

The Big Tree Trail is probably the most popular hiking trail in the El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico. This trail leads to the popular La Mina Falls, which is a waterfall you can also swim in.

Big Tree Trail Hike

Be warned that this is a popular trail and many people are hiking and swimming in the waterfall.

Hiking Big Tree Trail

There are two different trails to get to La Mina Falls but the Big Tree Trail is a lot less steep and it has a number of signs along the trail pointing out different cool facts about the interesting rain forest. The signs were in English as well as Spanish. The other trail is the La Mina Trail and you can read about it with the link.

Hiking in Puerto Rico Big Tree Trail

From the parking lot to La Mina Falls is about .8 miles one way. There are a few rain shelters and benches along the trail in case you need a break. The trail is paved most of the way and there are a few steps along the trail. There is no changing areas or outhouses at the waterfall or trailhead.

Big Tree Trail

The trail leads down to the waterfall and then you must climb back up to get back to the trailhead. There are also a lot of guided tour groups on this trail. Water shoes are recommended since the rocks are sharp and slippery. There are also signs that warn of flash floods. Be careful when you are near the waterfall or river if it has been raining hard.

Big Tree Trail Waterfall

Once you reach La Mina Falls you can either head back to the trailhead the way you came or continue .7 miles on the La Mina Trail up to the upper parking lot if you have a shuttle. Also it is a rain forest so come prepared with rain gear.

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Trail Info: The trailhead is located at a parking lot at KM 10.4 on Road 191 in the El Yunque National Forest. El Yunque is a rain forest and the only rain forest that is managed by the United States National Forest Service. There is no entrance fee for the national forest but it is only opened from 7:30am until 6:00pm.


Trailhead:            18.308582, -65.775177

La Mina Falls:     18.303087, -65.776649

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Only the daring cliff jump at Angora Lakes

Tom’s Experience hiking to Angora Lakes:

Angora Lakes has been called a cliff jumpers paradise and is a wonderful place to spend a day swimming and relaxing along the beach. The Angora Lakes hike is about a mile and is easy to follow the trail.

Angora Lake Hike

There are numerous cliffs to jump from with sizes ranging from a few feet up to 60 feet in Upper Angora Lake as well as boat, kayak and paddle board rentals if you feel like just relaxing at the lake.

Swimming in Angora Lakes

The beach is pretty nice but it can get very crowded so be sure to get there early.

Angora Lakes

Cliff jumping is very dangerous, be sure you know what you are doing, there have been a couple of deaths at this lake.

Angora Lakes Hike

Dogs are allowed but must be on leash.

Tahoe Angora Lake

The trail has a gentle climb up past Lower Angora Lake to a bunch of cabins and a small store.

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Trail Info: To get to the trailhead from South Lake Tahoe, take Lake Tahoe Blvd. Through the “Y” intersection and follow to Tahoe Mountain Road. There are plenty of signs along Tahoe Mountain Road until the final left turn onto a dirt road. If you see a sign pointing you towards Fallen Leaf Lake you have gone too far. There is a small fee to park at the trailhead.


Angora Lakes Trailhead:   38.868753,-120.062736

Upper Angora Lake:     38.863754,-120.067735

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