Morgan Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Morgan Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

9.9 miles
1322 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Lake Elsinore, CA: Travel southwest on Highway 74 to Killen Road (6S07). The trailhead is located on Killen Road 2.8 miles south of Ortega Highway (Hwy. 74). Ample parking available.

22 days ago

One of my favorites, very quiet and doesn't have much traffic.

5 months ago

Your can start at the Ortega Oaks Candy Store and take Bear Canyon in about 3/4 of a mile. Morgan Trail splits off to the left. If you go straight that goes to Sitton Peak and 4 Corners. It's more of a walk then a hike. I don't consider anything less then 1000' elevation gain as a hike. If you go out and back it's about 10 miles from the Candy Store. You should stop at the candy store. All homemade chocolate and the owner is very nice. If you have an America the Beautiful pass you can park free. If not it's $5.00 to park and you need to have the pass. I started at the Candy Store on Bear Canyon. Took Morgan Trail to the end at Killen/S. Main Divide Road. Then took that road, where the Morgan Trailhead sign is and you can look down into Lake Elsinore, over to the Firefighters Memorial. Then Ortega Highway back to the candy store. Don't recommend walking back on Ortega like I did because there is no sidewalk on most of it and cars come by fast. Loop was a little over 12 miles.

6 months ago

The trail was good. But it drops you off at the end at some other parking lot.

9 months ago

2nd attempt at San Mateo Peak. Started at Morgan Trail and took a left before sign in box. Got to the right turn past the sign for Rancho Capo Loop to go up to San Mateo peak trail but stopped doe to a swarm of relentless bees and really bad muck we didn't want to cross. Ended up staying on trail that said Rancho Cap Loop which eventually ended at a gate in a community at Monterey and Arroyo streets. Took South Main Divide road back to Morgan because bugs were bad. We saw no loop trail. Really overgrown and lots of bugs.

10 months ago

Awesome spot but make sure you are prepared for anything .

10 months ago

Started at the trail head off S. Main Divide and went all the way down to the Ortega Hwy. the Fitbit tracked exactly 5 miles (each way) well maintained and not difficult at all.

11 months ago

Not to difficult. It has a beautiful little forest of Calif Oaks near the trailhead with a cute stream flowing though it.

11 months ago

Long treks possible with connections to other trails, dog friendly great people on the trail!

11 months ago

Nice hike. Not the elevation as Sitton Peak but linger. Different types of terrain. Started this hike at 74 Candy Store.

Monday, February 20, 2017

I loved this trail. beautiful.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lovely hike, lots of shade, easy to find, well maintained trail - definitely would do it again!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Loved it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's a nice easy hike, very quiet down in the creek canyon. Watch out for poison oak.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Hiked from Main Divide trail head to bear canyon. Saw only one other hiker all day. Very nice views of canyon and meadows.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I would say this is an easy-moderate trail. A lot of terrain variety as you pass through oak groves on your way up to the higher points with tall scrub and grasses. Some really great views of the other peaks. We staged cars and started at the trailhead and ended at the candy store, which is a really nice treat at the end of a hike.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Great shady areas with a terrain that is interesting and somewhat challenging. Good hike!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fairly easy, enough shade and lots of trees not such a huge incline but the trail is really bad at some points, my ankles starting hurting and your steps are at a 45 degree angle stepping on the outs of your feet. The trail is wide enough but lots of smaller trenches, hard to explain I don't really know how horses can make it up there! But easy trail! Check it out. Oh and don't think your lost while driving up the mountain it's about 5 more minutes of drive once your Gps has indicated your arrival, so keep going don't turn around.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Nice trail. Not many uphill and downhill sections but a nice hike nonetheless. Shady in about 1/3 of the trail. I started at the Bear Canyon Trail by the candy store and hiked out to the end of Morgan at Killen Road. You can also get to this trail from Killen Road and hike in to the candy store or even make a left at Bear Canyon and go to 4 Corners, and if you have the energy, Sitton Peak. Lots of flowers in bloom and the hike was nice but started getting pretty hot around noon. I did a total of 11.3 miles (using MapMyHike app) and took 3 hours and 47 minutes. If you go out to the end of the trail at the Morgan Trailhead at Killen Road there is a picnic table and if you cross the road get a nice view of Lake Elsinore. I also had to move out of the way, pretty quickly, for two horseback riders but they were very cordial.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Did this trail as a point to point hike going from Morgan trailhead to Four Corners and made that a loop and then back out to Ortega Hwy via the bottom half of the Bear Canyon loop. :) Great day and 9.5 miles hiked. :)

Friday, July 08, 2011

Really lovely trail. I felt it was more shaded then most other trails in the Cleveland Nat'l Forest especially once you get down from the parking area maybe about 1/4 mile into the trip. A lot of trees at that point for a while as you follow the canyon/stream. TONS of flies and mosquitos though FYI. There was a lot of poison oak at one point which prevented me from going any further but next time I'll go during the fall and wearing pants. Sadly I also saw the remains of a house cat on the trail which was likely from a coyote, VERY smelly and flies all around it.

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