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Big Laguna Trails

 19 votes

Length

9.4 Miles 15.2 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

Elevation

652' 199 m

Ascent

-1,083' -330 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

6,078' 1,852 m

High

5,387' 1,642 m

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A fun network of singletrack in the pines and alpine meadows of the Big Laguna Recreation Area.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Description

The Big Laguna trails are a network of singletrack trails accessed from the Sunrise Highway. The trails make a great extension to Noble Canyon or can be ridden on their own.

One great link up of BLT trails starts from Red Tail Roost (Laguna Mountain Volunteer Center). From here, ride Red Tail Roost to the left when you exit the parking area. Pedal up an easy climb before a big downhill stretch. The initial part of the descent is open with big swooping turns before dropping into the pines. If you like technical challenges, there are a few sections of log features to test your skills.

The Red Tail Roost section dumps out onto a dirt road. Turn left here and bear left again going up Agua Dulce Creek. The road will climb gradually and eventually funnel into a singletrack. Keep climbing at bit more before a short descent to cross Agua Dulce Creek before pedaling uphill to a intersection.

Continue on the singletrack ahead to access the Gatos section of the BLT, a trail that's been recently rerouted and improved. It's a fun section that climbs and contours through the pines. Stay right at one intersection along the way.

Gatos spills out onto the edge of Big Laguna Meadow. From here stay left and skirt the outer edge to the west. Stay right at the next intersection to continue through the meadow.

At the following intersection go left through the gate. This is the Water of the Woods section and a little extra credit singletrack as you work your way around to Big Laguna Lake. There is a short climb followed by a quick descent before circumnavigating a small lake. From here, the trail continues through an open area with a few clusters of big boulders strewn throughout. The trail then bends around to the left towards the south end of the Big Laguna Lake.

Crossing the dam of the lake is a bit lumpy and bumpy but provides a great view of this beautiful alpine setting. Keep your eyes to the right side of the lake and the lower hillside on the north side of the valley ahead - that's where you are going.

Turn left to access the singletrack that skirts the meadow and pines along the east side of Big Laguna Lake. You'll be pedaling uphill to the north towards Noble Canyon trail.

At the top of the meadow you'll come to an intersection. Left will take you directly to Noble Canyon, right is a connector to the Penny Pines trailhead. From there you can also access Noble Canyon in its entirety.

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Apr 8, 2018
Chris Sarot
Great day in Laguna
Mar 25, 2018
Fulvio Capitanio
Fun, better than expected.
Dec 29, 2017
Jeremy Sweeten
Took my two kids here today. Arrived at 10am & parking lot was empty. Came across about 6-8riders throughout the day. Two groups of horses, however 9mi — 2h 00m
Dec 29, 2017
Zack Gallagher
Dec 24, 2017
Markk Knowles
Rode it to the start of the last climb, did a double back and loop back to parking. This trail has some very fun segments!! 10.6mi
Nov 26, 2017
Gary Murphy
Oct 8, 2017
Michael Frazier
Jul 22, 2017
Sean Roozen
10.3mi

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  4.7 from 19 votes

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Markk Knowles
Las Vegas, NV
Markk Knowles   Las Vegas, NV
This ride has a good bit of awesome riding! Dec 25, 2017
If you haven't ridden here do it. It's fun and has a little bit of everything. Mostly just a cruiser ride, but Gatos Spur is a blast. You can log quite a few miles and it's mostly all single track! Have fun. Dec 31, 2017

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