Hiking El Yunque

In the few hours between grandparent visits, we had a nice hike in El Yunque.  We started out around 2,400 ft and hiked to Mt Britton at 3,087 ft.  Then after a wrong turn that took us down quite a lot, we climbed back up to Los Picachos at 3,175 ft.  Finally, we looped over to El Yunque peak at 3,543ft.  The trails are marked as challenging.  They were tiring, but “challenging” is too strong as the kids made it fine.

Here is the view of Los Picachos from El Yunque. The trail takes you up the closest of the twin peaks.  At the top, there is a bit of a dwarf forest and a cloud forest.  When we were there, it was pretty clear.

Los Picachos, El Yunque

Los Picachos, El Yunque

Hannes especially loved El Yunque peak.  He literally wanted to run up the mountain.  This view looks to the southeast.  We could see Culebra and Vieques in the distance.  You need to hold on to your hats up there.

El Yunque

El Yunque

On the way up, you pass through several distinct zones of forest.   In the lower and middle levels, there were many plants like these growing on the sides of the trees.

El Yunque

El Yunque

Sierra Palm Forest, El Yunque

Sierra Palm Forest, El Yunque

El Yunque Forest

El Yunque Forest

 

 

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