La Coca Trail offers a walk in the lower montane forest among the Tabonuco forest. This is a very difficult and challenging trail – stay on the trail – this is where most people get lost in the forest. Very primitive and muddy and bring lots of water with you – the return trip is all uphill. This is a primitive, natural surface trail with very steep slopes and challenging segments with several stream crossings. It ends at the Mameyes River which is designated as a Wild & Scenic River.
La Coca Trail has become famous over the years as one of the trails where we lose the most people! Well-established markers have been placed along the trail and we strongly recommend you stay on the trail. Back in 1997 a US professor got lost there for 12 days... over that time the forest had enlisted a search party of 60 volunteers and aircraft.
Location: Road 191 km 8.5
Distance: 1.8 miles (2.9 km) one-way
Time: 1.5 hours one-way
Elevation: 250-450 meters
Difficulty: Very Challenging
Amenities: Parking (Limited Spaces)
Special Safety Messages: Be ready for steep slopes and muddy conditions. Be sure to stay on the trail and follow the trail markers. The trail crosses three rivers; so please be aware of weather conditions as there is potential for flash flooding in this area. This can be a strenuous hike so prepare to bring ample water and food for your journey. The steps at the beginning of the trail are also highly slippery because of it gravel surface.