4 miles
386 ft
-289 ft
Avg time
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Water of the Woods Details

After about another mile, Big Laguna Trail intersects with Sunset Trail in the Meadows at “Water-of-the-Woods,” a small pond brimming with flowering water lilies and ducks during the spring and early summer. During the winter, when ice appears, pine cones rest on the surface. This is a good place for a snack and a decision point to either extend the walk via a combination of Sunset/Big Laguna Trails north or take Big Laguna Trail south for a leisurely finish of the 3.25-mile loop. This loop hugs Big Laguna Lake, situated in the middle of the Meadows with views of the Laguna Mountains, surrounded by pine forests on all sides.

Access Info

Either 50 or 62 miles. Allow 1 or 1.5 hours driving time. Drive east from San Diego on I-8 and take Sunrise Hwy (SR-1) north. Drive to either mile-marker 19.1 at the Meadows Information Station or to the Penny Pines turnout at mile-marker 27.3. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park at either location.

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More Stats for Water of the Woods mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    97 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,371 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,556 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,459 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,556 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,668 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jan 27, 2018
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to water-of-the-woods trailhead (32.860990, -116.462110)
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Water of the Woods Trail Reports


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Jun 5, 2018 @ 9:11pm
Jun 5, 2018
Water of the Woods, My City
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May 7, 2015 @ 1:02pm
May 7, 2015
Water of the Woods, Mt. Laguna
78 |
May 5, 2015 @ 6:03pm
May 5, 2015
Water of the Woods, Mt. Laguna
86 |
May 5, 2015 @ 6:03pm
May 5, 2015
Water of the Woods, Mt. Laguna

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