4 miles
Distance
386 ft
Climb
-289 ft
Descent
00:18:49
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Water of the Woods Trail

Water of the Woods Details

  • Riding Area
    Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
    descanso, California
  • 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
  • Global Ranking
    #13578 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Water of the Woods 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
    0.517%
  • Grade max
    -16.95%
  • Grade min
    22.544%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,668 ft
  • Avg time
    00:18:49
  • Avg reverse time
    00:21:36
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on Nov 4, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Water of the Woods Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 88 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
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      12 |
      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
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      May 5, 2015 @ 6:03pm
      May 5, 2015
      Water of the Woods, Mt. Laguna

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