Puerto Rico

Trade Winds Trail

photo: Hiker looking at Palo Colorado, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico -Photo by Jerry Bauer

Length: 4.60 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Caribbean National Forest, In Caribbean National Forest, E of Benitez, joins El Toro Peak to PR Hwy. #191.

State(s): Puerto Rico
Counties: Rio Grande
Longitude: -65.791827
Latitude: 18.293756

Driving Directions

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Trade Winds Trail is a remote trail which leads the hiker to El Toro Peak, one of the highest peaks in the forest. It also connects to El Toro Trail. Once the hiker reaches El Toro Peak, the views of the forest and the Atlantic Ocean shoreline are spectacular. The flora and fauna found along the trail are unique to the upper elevations of the rain forest. Due to the rain, lush vegetation and steep slopes, the trail can be very challenging to the first-time hiker. The trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940s.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 2,427
Elevation High Point: 3,533
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Jose Ortega
El Yunque National Forest
P.O. Box 490
Palmer, PR 721
(787) 888-5613
[email protected]



Giant tree fern fiddle. Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Giant tree fern fiddle. Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Palo Colorado tree. Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Palo Colorado tree. Photo by Jerry Bauer.


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