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blue Laguna Meadow Trail


4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,680' 512 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 7,025' 2,141 m
Low: 5,367' 1,636 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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

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Features Birding · Fall Colors


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.

Starting from the junction with the Pinnacles Trail, ascend moderate grades through dense, mixed hardwood forests. The trail grades fluctuate mildly along the first three-quarters of the trail, from more gentle, easier grades along the valley floor to switchbacking, steeply graded sections climbing the valley walls.

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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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
Oct 8, 2018
Patti B
Great views. Only saw one person on trail. Made mistake of thinking this was a 4 mile round trip trail so decided to just continue on
Sep 9, 2018
Tracy Nolte
3.4mi from TH to LW Campsite trail inter (0.4mi to LW3 - incl. 0.45 min total rest) Little traffic. Nice campsites to break hike to rim into 2 days. 3.8mi — 3h 40m
Apr 6, 2018
Joseph Brecht

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