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Morena Butte Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Campo, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,190 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Running

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Waypoints (0)

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!

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Photos (114)
Recordings (42)
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Grace S
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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LT Pep
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Hiking

Great views at the top. Cairns saved out buts at the top on the slabs as we were off path a couple times As did the all trails app. We went down the part with the wire ropes as we started just outside the county park at that trailhead. and all I can say is Very Scary Perry !

Zed Sevcik
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownScramble

It’s a pretty but tough trail that involves rock scrambling. The trail can be difficult to find so don’t go without a map and good navigation skills. Don’t rely on AllTrails mark up. Hot during summer, no shade, bring lots of water!

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Dan Du
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky
Toby Taylor
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Hiking

Closed.

Bill Dixon
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Hiking

Sorry but did not complete. Got to the near vertical ascent overlooking the dam and attempted to use the wire ropes but being on my own decided it was too risky. Will return and do the ascent both up and down via the PCT. I hate to fail! But best to be safe out there.

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Taylor B
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HikingFeeNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Excellent trail. Deceivingly difficult. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake! It was right near the summit during some scrambling. I think it's safe to say they are coming out for the season now. Make sure you bring long pants. Many parts of the trail that are overgrown and you will get stuck by thorns, sharp sticks, etc. Starts off pretty mild on a dirt road with relatively no elevation gain. About 1.5 miles in it turns into a single track and makes it's way past a damn and to the East side of the Butte. When it finally starts to go up...it goes straight up. The trail isn't specifically marked so a little map study and deductive reasoning will do the trick. Ascending through the only saddle on that side of the mountain. You will then follow these massive cables almost straight up for about 50-60 yards. After that it's a lot more rock scrambling but much more tame. We eventually made it to the top after two false summits and decided to take the PCT loop back as opposed to going back the way we came. The trail is not marked and the connection trail isn't on any All trails so again, do a little mountaineering and try to imagine what makes the most sense from the top and you'll find it. Circle back down to the PCT which is at the bottom of the canyon and the rest of the way is on a wider dirt trail with a little more shade to offer than the rest of the trail. Overall a really good hike that offered some problem solving along the way.

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Kyle Schiegner
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sarah shoffler
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Hiking

Did this in feb 2020. Beautiful

Niko Frye
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sarah shoffler
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HikingRockyScramble
Mike Klepper
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble
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