This trail originates about 100 feet south (up) from the Sierra Palm Visitor Center on PR 191, km 12.0. Parking is available in a parking lot adjacent to the visitor center and at a designated area near the trailhead.
Stop for a scenic lunch at the Caimitillo Picnic Area before an easy stroll on Caimitillo Trail. Along this interpretive trail you'll see giant tree ferns and sierra palms. The shelters along the Caimitillo Trail are located among lush tropical vegetation, creeks, and streams. The picnic area is generally quieter that Palo Colorado and Sierra Palm due to the smaller shelters, lower density of picnic sites and the lack of water play areas within the area.
Due to its minimal length, easy access and comfortable picnic area, this trail is very popular with both locals and visitors with only a morning or an afternoon to spend in the Forest. At the trailhead, a series of concrete stairs, followed by wood supported steps cut into the rocky trail surface, lead upward to the Caimitillo picnic area. From the picnic area the trail, continues past Giant Tree Ferns and Caimitillo Verde trees to the junction with the El Yunque trail. At this point the trail turns to the left passing by a rocky cliff covered with moss, lichens, miniature climbing bamboo and liverwort, all existing together under the forest canopy. At this point visitors can view a reproduction of an improved Puerto Rican parrot nest high up in the bromeliad and orchid studded Palo Colorado trees to the left of the trail.
If you prefer to approach from the trailhead rather than the picnic area: This trail originates about 100 feet south (up) from the Sierra Palm Visitor Center on PR 191, km 12.0. Parking is available in a parking lot adjacent to the visitor center and at a designated area near the trailhead.
Location: Road 191 km 12.1
Distance: 0.4 miles (0.6 km)
Time: 20 minutes
Elevation: 2067 to 2427 feet (630-740 m)
Amenities: Picnic Shelters, Parking
Special Safety Messages: Don't get lost, stay on the trail. This trail crosses the El Yunque Trail and then veers left. If you mistakenly take El Yunque Trail, which leads to El Yunque Peak, you'll have a long walk ahead.
Part of the trail near El Yunque Peak will be closed until further notice. Access will be available to Los Picachos Peak.