Morena Butte Trail

HARD 5 reviews
#3 of 5 trails in

Morena Butte Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Campo, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and rock climbing and is accessible from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.4 miles 1181 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Easy hike until you reach the turn off of the PCT then it starts to climb. Be sure to follow the cairns or you can get turned around towards the top. The summit has beautiful 360 views. The track stops at the bottom of the trail where it starts to climb. My phone battery died. Be adventurous!

2 days ago

27 days ago

This was a very challenging trail for me. I followed David's ribbons and some stacked rocks along the trail when you start going up. The picture that shows a small tree truck with bushes and dried grass that is what I put as a marker to start heading up from the service road. You will have to jump over some tree trunks, whack some bushes and step on some long dry wheats. Make sure you are fully covered with long pants and a long sleeve shirt because you will get a lot of the dry leafs all over you. You will get to a nice view that will over see the lake, BUT that is NOT the peak. Keep going left for another mile. The peak is where you will see this flat huge rock with an amazing view overlooking mountain peaks. Bring lots of water and snacks. Good luck and enjoy.

hiking
3 months ago

The cut off for the summit is quite overgrown and difficult to navigate. The route to the top requires some boulder hopping and a little scrambling. 3 summits for the price of one. The track I uploaded has the whole hike. Follow the ducks and the orange ribbon in the trees.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Fun climbing. Stellar views. Check out the helpful link below for ihikesandiego.com. I used this information as a guide for this hike. It's very descriptive. Enjoy!

hiking
2 years ago

The Trail created stops at the bottom of the climb about halfway thru. My phone battery died. Enjoy