4,876 ft
Distance
69 ft
Climb
-129 ft
Descent
00:18:39
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Water of the Woods Trail

Water of the Woods Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
    descanso, California
  • Ref Number
    #5e25
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #13578 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

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.

More Stats for Water of the Woods bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -61 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,399 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,508 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,459 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,399 ft
  • Grade
    -1.245%
  • Grade max
    -18.59%
  • Grade min
    11.099%
  • Distance climb
    2,026 ft
  • Distance down
    2,637 ft
  • Distance flat
    214 ft
  • Avg time
    00:18:39
  • Avg reverse time
    00:21:36
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Status:
on Sep 28, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Water of the Woods Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 199 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 553 rides
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      Photos

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      32 |
      Jun 5, 2018 @ 9:11pm
      Jun 5, 2018
      98 |
      May 7, 2015 @ 1:02pm
      May 7, 2015
      88 |
      May 5, 2015 @ 6:03pm
      May 5, 2015
      93 |
      May 5, 2015 @ 6:03pm
      May 5, 2015

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