Hiking Trails in El Yunque after Hurricane Maria

Renée and I went out for a quick drive with our dogs to see how the work is going in the central area of El Yunque. Of course our private hike the "Lost Machete" trail is open now and our guests have been doing that (with great fun) and soon I will post a video about our private trail on our YouTube channel. 

 I had to take a "selfie" at La Coca Falls!

I had to take a "selfie" at La Coca Falls!

We went across to route 191 using the short-cut from the Rainforest Inn on route 9966. It only took about fifteen minutes to arrive at La Coca falls. At the La Coca falls bridge there were two security guards who had a lot of helpful information as well as photos of the work being done. This is as far as they will let tourists to go up 191.

 The view of La Coca falls from the parking lot

The view of La Coca falls from the parking lot

After visiting La Coca falls we went on over to Angelito Trail which is the only "easy" hike that is open now. The trail is very short and you can see from the following photos how wide the trail is.

 The trailhead for Angelito Trail. Gracie and Simonne are patiently waiting while we talk to the guard.

The trailhead for Angelito Trail. Gracie and Simonne are patiently waiting while we talk to the guard.

 You can see how easy the trail is

You can see how easy the trail is

We follow El Yunque Forest Service on twitter and in one of their recent posts they talked about Angelito trail saying it was "partially" open. I was worried about that but it turns out that they mean the bridge over a little stream on the way in is out. 

 The little bridge is out but it is no trouble crossing on the rocks

The little bridge is out but it is no trouble crossing on the rocks

The forest service tries to make everything as easy as possible. The trails that they open are very easy and almost like walking on a sidewalk. My favourite trail is the El Toro peak trail and that one was closed for years well before hurricane Maria (even though many people still hike it) because it is decidedly not an easy trail. Our "Lost Machete" hike is also fairly difficult with scrambling arroyo crossings in places and lots of slippery mud.

 The forest service has put in excellent portable bathrooms everywhere as well as places to wash your hands. But no garbage cans so remember to bring your own garbage bags.

The forest service has put in excellent portable bathrooms everywhere as well as places to wash your hands. But no garbage cans so remember to bring your own garbage bags.

 Nice bench at half-way point on the Angelito Trail so that Simonne and Gracie could rest.

Nice bench at half-way point on the Angelito Trail so that Simonne and Gracie could rest.

 End of the trail just upstream of the swimming hole

End of the trail just upstream of the swimming hole

 Refreshing deep swimming hole at the end of Angelito Trail

Refreshing deep swimming hole at the end of Angelito Trail