Pacific Crest Trail - Lake Morena to Bridge

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pacific Crest Trail - Lake Morena North to Cottonwood Creek Bridge

Trail Views

Elevation Change>

1042 feet


4.1 miles point to point/8.2 miles roundtrip

Pets Allowed




Hike/Ride Time

3 - 6 hours



Best Seasons

Fall, Spring, - During the cooler months



Ranger District

Descanso Ranger District - (619) 445-6235

Hike North on the PCT from the PCT parking area at Lake Morena for roughly 4 miles until reaching Cottonwood Creek bridge. This marks the halfway point. This 8 mile round trip offers moderate climbing with an elevation change of 1042 feet and steady rolling hills throughout. During the hike, travelers can expect minor sun cover and views of dense chaparral and Scrub Oak. There is parking at either end of this trail, however, it is not advisable to park at the bridge as there is a blind corner and collisions often occur.

Listed as moderate, the terrain can be rocky with minor shade and areas of good incline. This section can get very hot during the summer months and it is recommended that hikers bring at least 3 but up to 6 liters of water depending on individual fitness and levels of consumption.

For a list of other PCT hikes, please see our designated Pacific Crest Trail page. For a list of other hikes in your area, please see our Recreation Trail Guide.

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At a Glance

Fees No Fee
Operated By: Forest Service


Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
4 miles

  Elevation : 
2250 - 5600