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This article refers to the mountain. For information on the national forest, see El Yunque National Forest.
Pico El Yunque
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El Yunque peak
Elevation 1,080 m (3,543 ft)
Río Grande, Puerto Rico
Range Sierra de Luquillo
Coordinates 18°18′38″N 65°47′29″W / 18.31056°N 65.79139°W / 18.31056; -65.79139Coordinates: 18°18′38″N 65°47′29″W / 18.31056°N 65.79139°W / 18.31056; -65.79139
Easiest route Hike

Pico El Yunque or El Yunque Peak is a mountain that is located fully within the boundaries of the El Yunque National Forest, part of the U.S. Forest Service, which is the only tropical rainforest that belongs to the U.S. Forest Service. The peak itself is one of the highest in Puerto Rico, standing at 1,080 meters (3543 feet) above sea level. The peak is nearly always covered in thin mist and, due to its high humidity, a quick shower develops during some afternoons.

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Morning mist in El Yunque rainforest by El Yunque peak

Its name is Spanish for "The Anvil".

Neighboring Peaks

  • Cerro de Punta (1,338 m 4,390 ft)
  • Toro Negro (1,074 m 3533 ft)
  • Pico Del Oeste (1,056m (3,446 ft)
  • El Cacique (1,020m 3,346 ft)
  • Mount Briton (937m 3,075 ft)
  • La Mina de Pantalones (931m 3,055 ft)


Classified as having a tropical monsoon climate which is rare, and tends to see less variance in temperatures during the course of the year than a tropical savanna climate. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Am" (Tropical Monsoon Climate). Area receives over 100 inches of rainfall every year.

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