Features: Birding — Fall Colors
Dogs: No Dogs
Run 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 runners, 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.
Mixed hardwood forests are dominated by oak and maple, with juniper making appearances from time to time.