Laguna Meadow Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,680' 512 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 7,025' 2,141 m
Low: 5,367' 1,636 m
GradeAvg 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.”— Hunter R
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.
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