Cerro de Punta

The road to Cerro de Punta is not a “Sunday drive”

Cerro de Punta (or just Cerro Punta) is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.331m (4,366ft) above the sea level, located on the border between the municipalities of Jayuya and Ponce in the mountainous center region of Puerto Rico.

Tucked away in the Cordillera Central, in the western portion of the Reserva Forestal Toro Negro, the road to the summit is really challenging. It’s a steep, one-lane road in really bad shape, with drop-offs on the side. Full of pot holes, and loose gravel. It’s definitely not a “Sunday drive”. There are also no pull-outs, so if you happened to meet a vehicle coming the other way you would be forced to back down an extremely steep grade around blind corners.

The road that leads steeply to the summit, the highest peak in Puerto Rico, features a slippery slope going up and coming back down. It’s mostly concrete. 4x4 vehicle required. Use your discretion about driving it. If it is rainy, the could be quite treacherous.

Located just off to the north above Hwy 143 (the Ruta Panorámica), the road to the summit is 1.0 km (0.62 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 167 meters. The average gradient is 16.7%. The summit is crowned with several antennas. The view from the top is said to be "the best view in all of Puerto Rico". On a clear day, it is possible to see virtually the entire island, including as far as San Juan, which is over 75 miles away. There is an observation platform at the top of the mountain.
Pic&video: Edgar Ortiz

 

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