The Big Tree Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail that is asphalt paved throughout and several rain/picnic shelters are located along the way. It is called the Big Tree Trail due to the large Tabonuco trees found along the trail.
The trail ends at Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls), an exquisite waterfall that drops over 35 feet through a jumble of huge rocks into a lovely pool where hikers can choose to swim in the cool refreshing water or merely rest and enjoy the view. Water temperature is 60-65 degrees. This trail connects to the La Mina Trail (which exits at Palo Colorado).
Location: PR 191, km 10.4. Parking is available in the adjacent paved parking lot, and at designated areas along the road.
Distance: 0.9 miles (1.4 km)
Time: 40 minutes (one-way)
Elevation: 1804 to 1640 feet
Difficulty: Moderate; steep in some places
Special Safety Messages: Congested Area – consider coming earlier in the day. Be aware of the weather and flash flooding. Pack it in, Pack it Out: please take your trash with you so it doesn’t end up in the river.