OCLB - Morgan Trail Day Hike

  • Sun, April 16, 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 34950 Ortega HWY, State route 74
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Great Outdoors

Orange County/Long Beach Chapter


Morgan Trail Day Hike

Sunday April 16, 8 AM to 2 PM

Trip Leader: Doug Cable, Phone: 949-922-1452,

Email: Secretary-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org

(Write up and picture taken from the United States National Forest Website.)

Elevation: Change 720 feet

Distance: 4.2 miles one way

Hike Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: moderate, only because of distance

This beautiful 4.2 mile (one way) out and back trail takes hikers through the manzanita and oak lined wilderness of Morrell Canyon. Willows and sycamore trees hug the canyon bottom. 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. We can turn back at the beautiful oak grove, depending on how people are doing; but at the mid-way point (4.2 miles), hikers 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.

We leave from the Candy Store on Ortega Highway, 34950 Ortega Hwy at precisely 08:00. Click for a map. There is plenty of parking in the U.S Forest Service lot across the street from the Candy Store, which requires an adventure pass.

We then hike to the true trailhead on S. Main Divide Road, 4.2 miles, and then retrace our steps. Rattlesnakes and ticks are possible. Bring 10 essentials, sunscreen, a snack, and at least 1 liter of water.

As I write this, state route 74 is being widened, and may suffer from lane closures. It is CalTrans district 8. Check road conditions before you start so you can allow enough time to arrive by 8:00. The Ortega Highway is a potentially dangerous road; drive safely.

Trip Leader: Doug Cable, Phone: 949-922-1452, 

Email: Secretary-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org

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