Morgan Trail (5W02)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Morgan Trail (in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness)

Trail Views

Elevation Change



4.2 miles one way

Pets Allowed




Hike/Ride Time

4 to 6 hours



Best Seasons

Year Round


Morgan Trailhead on South Main Divide Road - See Map Below

Ranger District

Trabuco Ranger District - (951) 736-1811

This beautiful 4.2 mile (one way) out and back trail takes hikers through the manzanita and oak lined wilderness of Morrell Canyon, where willows and sycamore hug the canyon bottom and water flows freely during a wet season. Listed as moderate with an elevation change of 720 feet, hikers meander through oak groves before coming to an open meadow with an abundance of grass and wildflowers. At the mid-way point, travelers are rewarded with terrific views over Lake Elsinore out to Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. San Gorgonio and Mt. Baldy. Located in the heart of the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, this trail provides the serene and secluded experience that hikers can only get from a natural, untouched forest setting.

For a list of more trails to explore in your area, please see our Recreation Trail Guide

At a Glance

Fees none
Permit Info: Day use sign-in at trailhead. Permits required for overnight stays. Issued by the Trabuco Ranger District office.
Restrictions: Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Follow wilderness regulations.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The lower trailhead is the same as Bear Canyon Loop Trail. The upper trailhead is on the South Main Divide Road/Killen Trail Road 2.8 miles south of the Ortega Highway



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  Area/Length : 
4.3 miles

  Elevation : 
2240 - 2960


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