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Big Tree Trail

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: This short, memorable and popular walk is the best way to experience the rainforest.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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299 reviews 299 reviews
135 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I talked to a lot of people who were concerned with hiking this trail on the way up and back. It is really short and worth the time to go and see the waterfall. Go swim in the pools below the waterfall but be careful if is slippery.

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Gambrills, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Even though this is very touisty, I was hoping that the trails would be more natural. The entire trail was concrete even very steep ramps, and there were even a few stairs scattered throughout the trail. Very narrow, some places only wide enough for a single person. Nicely kept and railings provided at steep banks and along certain portions of... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The path was quite treacherous. In many locations, there was a steep drop off and no rail. When people come from the opposite direction, ensure that you're in a safe place before proceeding (it's rather narrow). I'm not, by any means, overweight. But it took a long time to hike the trail. Regardless, the temperature was cool, and interesting informational... More

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Greenbush, Wisconsin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Very easy 90 minute hike on concrete walkway. Consider taking the Rivertrail back but then it will be necessary to hitchhike back to your car. It's more scenic but slightly steeper.

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90 reviews 90 reviews
24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is the first trail you come to that leads to La Mina Falls. It's a well traveled trail so it's very open. It is a bit narrow here and there but nothing to bad. Always a good idea to carry a bottle of water each as the hike is a bit strenuous. Your always in the shady, humid jungle... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

We trekked along this trail yesterday. As others have mentioned, it's very narrow in many areas which is problematic only due to the number of people on the trail. We hiked it on a Wednesday afternoon but there were a lot of other people much to our surprise. It can be quite steep in some spots, and the higher we... More

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Springfield, MA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was a great hike that is paved and clearly marked. It took us about 45 minutes to hike to La Mina Falls - there were 4 adults, a 4 year old and a baby (in a carrier). Our 4 year old did the entire hike on her own without any trouble. There are some ups and downs on the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We didn't keep track of the time but it seemed like it took the better part of an hour or at least more than a half hour each way. We took the longer but less steep route to the La Mina Falls. We heard the other route is steeper but shorter. The entire walk is under forest cover with some... More

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Oklahoma
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Great trail for both the big tree and the La Mina Falls. Nicely paved pathways and railings where needed. Beautiful nature hike but it does have steep inclines. Wouldn't recommend if you have health issues which cause you to not strain your breathing or heart rate.

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Mason, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This trail was well worth the time. The trail was very well maintained and easy to navigate. My wife and I hiked the trail and ended up at LaMina Falls which are very nice, however, if you are expecting falls similar to those in Hawaii you will be disappointed. I would suggest hiking the Big Tree trail, soak in the... More

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