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Laguna Meadow Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (14)

The less arduous ascent from Chisos Basin to Laguna Meadow through rolling, forested hills.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

7,025' 2,141 m

High

5,367' 1,636 m

Low

1,680' 512 m

Up

36' 11 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Description

Hike up the Laguna Meadow Trail for an easier, yet no less beautiful climb through dense forests to the trail's namesake. Most often, people use this trail as their uphill route to the acclaimed vistas of the Sierra Quemada situated atop the South Rim.

Upon reaching the trail's end, visitors have the option of extending their journey to the South Rim along the Southwest Rim Trail. For less-seasoned hikers, taking the Colima Trail east to the Pinnacles Trail and north back to the parking area is a good option for shortening the trip, while still experiencing the majestic rocks perched cliffside along the Pinnacles Trail.

Be sure to bring at least a gallon of water per person per day in this area, as there is not a drop of water along the route. While drainages appear on the map for this area, water only flows after seasonal rainstorms for a short while before drying up in Big Bend's desert climate.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed hardwood forests are dominated by oak and maple, with juniper making appearances from time to time.

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Hunter R

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Photos

on Emory Peak
Mar 7, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
south west view off of Emory Peak (I can see Mexico from here!). One of my favorite photos from the trip.
Apr 30, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
View from scrambling up to the top of Emory Peak.
Aug 5, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
The Window, Chisos Mountains
May 4, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Blue Canyon is quite beautiful from the Laguna Meadow Trail.
Mar 7, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Emory Peak
Nov 9, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX

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Apr 6, 2021
Kris K
Good trail for running. Bring lots of water!
Nov 3, 2019
Bruce Hope
Jun 6, 2019
Alec Martin
May 12, 2019
Angie Junemann
May 4, 2019
Geoff Scott
Apr 21, 2019
Shelley Statler
Feb 26, 2019
Drew Domalakes
Feb 22, 2019
Jason Draper