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Trail of the Month: Pacific Crest Trail from Lake Morena


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5.8 miles

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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).

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