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Hauser Canyon Trail

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Hauser Canyon Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Campo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,932 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

bird watching


rails trails


wild flowers


15 days ago

Well marked trail. The 8.9 miles designated for this trail has its turnaround when it hits the Hauser Canyon floor, where there’s another worn trail. On the other side of the trail is the continuation of the PCT. I took the worn trail to a “creek crossing”. There was flowing filterable water on 10.3.19 at the 6 mile mark from the trailhead. Beautiful hike. Saw a total of 3 people, multiple red tailed hawks, 1 deer, and heard a mountain lion (sounded <30-yards away), but no further interaction.

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6 months ago

Went 4/2/19. Very well marked trail. There was a small trickle creek toward the top. No water until Hauser Creek. Poison oak next to the creek. Several thru hikers on the trail nobo. Alltrails normally is short on mileage compared with endomondo and guthooks. It was 5.5 miles one way.

10 months ago

Challenging section of PCT. Great scenery but very exposed to the sun.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tough hike with scenic views and is lightly trafficked. I extended the distance that was shown here by hiking to the Marine Corp Firefighter Memorial(8 firefighters died in the canyon, 1943). Parking is very straightforward, follow the directions from the app and park in the roundabout dirt lot, no parking pass required. It is about 7 miles to the memorial and requires that you turn right at Hauser Creek RD when the PCT intersects with it around 4.3 miles. Once you turn right keep going for about 1.7 miles(keeping the creek bed on your left) until you hit a water source 6 miles into the hike (year round, flow observed 7/24/17). The water is flowing and can be filtered and drank. After this you will continue for 1 mile on a trail that is poorly maintained and may require some bushwhacking. Eventually you should pass an old stone dam on your right, which is also a potential water source. Continue until you see a large stone directly to the right of the trail with a bronze plaque indicating you have arrived at the memorial. This is a turn around point for the 7 mile hike(14 round trip). Return back the way you came, be prepared for a more difficult hike back up out of the canyon. Take a look at some of the pictures I've attached to see of the hike interests you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This was a great section of the PCT to hike, but not my favorite section in Southern California. I was out today (July 10) and it was HOT. The description says used March to October but the heat was brutal and I was the only person on the trail. Bring at least 4 liters of water, a hat, and sunscreen if you are going to do this one in the summer. The channel in the canyon was not flowing. There were some remnant and stagnant pools of water you can filter for emergency purposes if need be. I went through about 3500mL of water and did the hike in a little less than 4 hours. It is just over 9 miles round trip. I saw a snake but it wasn't a rattlesnake. Lots of hummingbirds and other birds were out. Cool experience but I'll probably wait until the wet season before going back.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Camping here was amazing. A chorus of frogs all night long. The trail map is wrong and so is the milage down into the canyon from Campo. It's roughly 4.5 miles one way, 9 miles round trip. I highly recommend taking the bonus hike up to the top of Morena Butte for spectacular views.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

all of the trail pictures are of my friends and

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

hauser canyon is great,theres alot of scenery and a creek that should run all year.if you plan to go down there makes sure you bring lots of water or canteens and keep your eyes open for rattlesnakes on the path.make sure you know where your stepping.oh and bring a camera that works!!!this place is great for overnight camping,very peaceful. me and my buddy have a spot set up perfect for overnight campers anyone is welcome to use it just keep it looking good so others can enjoy it also.the site is 6.1 miles down the main trail and it will be on the left side of the creek under some big trees,pleace take care of it and make memory's.

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