Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trail of the Month: Pacific Crest Trail from Lake Morena


Great For

Difficulty Level

5.8 miles

View more trails »


Start at the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot on Lake Morena Drive near its intersection with Lake Shore Drive, just outside the Lake Morena County Park near Campo. Take the PCT south for 2.9 miles, then turn north on a short trail that joins Morena Reservoir Road, which you can follow back to your start. If you hit Morena Butte trail, you’ve gone a quarter-mile too far.

Why We Love It

It’s launch season for hikers traveling the entire PCT from Mexico to Canada, and with the recent movie Wild, this year the trail will be more popular than ever. Travel this short day hike to get a taste of that great journey, and take in views of valleys.

Where to Refuel Afterwards

Cafe B in Campo (1247 Sheridan Road) or the Oak Shores Malt Shop (2425 Lake Morena Drive).

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Where to Run in San Diego in January

This month's top 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons, and more

Trail of the Month: Volcan Mountain Trail

This hike has views of Iron Mountain, Mount Woodson, and wildflowers in the spring

Trail of the Month: Hot Springs Mountain

Scope out views from the highest point in the county
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2018
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. First Look: Cloak & Petal
    The owners of Tajima bring Japanese small plates to Little Italy with Cloak & Petal
  3. Your Guide to San Diego's Best Happy Hours
    Here's where to throw back a cold one while the sun's still out
  4. 15 Coolest Jobs in San Diego and How to Get Them
    We asked 15 San Diego professionals with the coolest jobs in town how they landed their gigs—and how we could steal them
  5. Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out: Which Burger is Better?
    Pitting NYC’s burger icon against the king of SoCal
  6. The San Diego Lager Boom
    Why light, crisp, and flavorful is the next “new” thing
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags