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El Toro Trail

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A worthwhile, sweaty hike to an open vista with a refreshing breeze at the peak.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

3,434' 1,047 m

High

2,072' 632 m

Low

1,367' 417 m

Up

5' 2 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

The trail doesn't have as much shade as one would expect on El Yunque. Wear sunscreen and get ready to sweat! Trail is very muddy in the top sections on a typical day.

Description

On one side of the road is the trailhead next to someone's house and yard. Across the road, is a small paved parking area that can fit five to six cars.

The trail is alternating sections of gravel and dirt. There are two short, flat segments along the trail, and other than that, it's steady uphill. At the peak, there's a short staircase.

There are no splits in the trail, so you won't have a way to accidentally get lost.

The top is often cloudy. Sit down on the rocks for a while, cool off in the breeze, and watch the clouds come and go. There will be openings to look through every now and then, and you'll be able to see the northern and eastern coastlines.

A number of colorful and/or elaborate flowers are visible as you progress through the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of dragonflies. The area at the peak has lots of black-with-orange butterflies, species Antillea Pelops (see picture).

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Heliodor Jalba

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Lots of butterflies at the peak, species Antillea Pelops.
Jun 18, 2018 near Benitez, PR
A typical section of the trail.
Jun 18, 2018 near Benitez, PR
Clouds coming and going around the peak. Bromeliad growing on top of a tree.
Jun 18, 2018 near Benitez, PR
The staircase section at the top of the trail.
Jun 18, 2018 near Benitez, PR
One of the more interesting flowers along the trail
Jun 18, 2018 near Benitez, PR
A pink flower.
Jun 18, 2018 near Benitez, PR

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Aug 28, 2018
Omar Monzon
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