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Morgan Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.3 mi Elevation gain 1,230 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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.

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alberto hernandez
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Oscar Hernandez
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William Riley
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Hiking

Well marked trail; easy to follow.

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Bridget Paley
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Horseback ridingFeeOver grownRockyScramble

Truly a very difficult trail on horseback. We started at the Candy store entrance and the assent was so filled w boulders and rocks the horses were scrambling. The trail was far too narrow and the chaparral was dense on both sides thankfully we all wear helmets and long sleeves as we were being slapped, snagged and whacked by the overgrown brush.

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Andrew Kwan
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Hiking

I started from the Candy Store side. I think this is a better option since I get the uphill done first. The trail is well maintained with gentle slope. The beginning part and the ending part of the trail have shade. Even though it is relatively long at 10 miles, it does not feel strenuous

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Efrain Mercado
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HikingBugs

Nice trail ,great for beginners..

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Teresa Parsley
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Hiking

Trail itself was wonderful. Downhill for most of the first part with plenty of shade off and on. Some parts were a little overgrown but not too bad. It was nice to stop and use the restrooms across from the Candy Store before beginning our mild climb back. What made the trail 3 stars were the bugs! We were well prepared for ticks but nothing seemed to work for the other bugs! Next time I will wear a net.

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Kevin Herrera
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HikingBugsNo shade

Nice 4.5 hour hike for a family of casual hikers. Only the first mile has shade so come early. Plenty of parking. Saw a rattlesnake on the trail. The candy shop at the end of the trail was closed which was a let down but understandable. Lots of gnats in the shaded area as well.

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Kathleen Jolly
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HikingBugs

I did this trail a day ago with my 13 year old son. I really liked that there were a lot of shaded parts. We went out and back in four hours and fourteen minutes. I would do this one again. I definitely recommend it. We saw a couple snakes, but nothing we couldn’t run by.

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Rachel Pradhan
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful trail, quiet, lots of shade. Bees are in full force - you can hear them, but you didn’t see many. Beautiful wildflowers. Free parking. But it is overgrown so highly recommend long pants and long sleeves to protect your skin.

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Denise Covert
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HikingOver grownRocky

i really enjoyed this trail we took it down to the falls . alot of rocky terrain and overfrown areas on the trail but plenty of shade and the views were gorgeous. bring plenty of water and keep an eye on ticks. only came across 1 rattlesnake .

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Laurie Rudisill
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Hiking

Morgan Trail to Sitton Peak with a total of 16.4 miles. Great hike with intermittent shade. Last mile to Sitton Peak is a fun climb and well worth the panoramic views of wilderness and mountains. Lots of ticks unfortunately but they fling off easily.

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Andrew Schrock
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Did this backwards, parking along side of 74. Cleveland forest continues to surprise! Amazing variety of plants and views.

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Laurie Rudisill
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Morgan Trail to Tenaja Falls was 15.6 round trip. Great hike but it got a little hot as most of the hike is open to the sun. I found 3 ticks on me and my buddy had one fly from a tree and land on her. Lots of wild flowers and different landscapes and changing terrain from solid ground to rocky. Elevation is totally doable. Overall fun hike.

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Katie O'Leary
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Hiking

Great hike! Took about 7 hours round trip so make sure you start before 11am if you want to be out before night time. The water was still flowing too! A little over 15 miles round trip.

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Laurie Rudisill
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Very pleasant and easy hike. Begins with forest hike and lots of trees. Then opens up to the sky but with intermittent tall shrubbery which allows for some shade. There is no peak but the environment is extremely peaceful and serene. We saw lots of bunnies and even heard a loud frog croaking.

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Shantanu Deshpande
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Surge Huapaya
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Looks promising but currently washed out due to rain

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Barbara Henley
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Beautiful hike!! We went in Morgan trailhead 2.2miles then at that marker we choose Tenaja falls trailhead another 7.7. We are beginner hikers so for us the trail was moderately difficult but we were tired. The elevation was a bit much for us newbies but we trekked on about 2 miles and had lunch on a rock shelf overlooking the beautiful canyon. Although we didn’t make it to the falls we will definitely come back to try again. Perfect weather sunny and cool but took off light layer jacket. There are some tree covered spots at the beginning then sun along the trail.

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Jennifer Barney
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Nice hike. Perfect weather today.

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Jesus Duarte
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This hike is cool because it has its own little microclimate when you get to the wooded area ... Really nice to lay a blanket and have a nice little picnic (takes about 15-30 mins in). Sounds of creaks, birds, and the sound of the wind hitting the trees is ear candy and is a delight if trying to escape the busy civilization. got to half the trail ... take water and snacks.

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Osiris Perez areliz
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I did half of this trail with friends and 1 dog. we parked one car at the Morgan Trailhead and parked another car at the Bear Canyon/San Juan Loop parking lot. We hiked from the Morgan Trail to Bear Canyon loop and ended up by the candy store. 10 miles was a bit much for us so we just did half. It was a lovely trail. well marked and easy to follow.

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Eve Stumpges
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HikingPrivate property

Wonderful trail except there’s a loop I took at the end and it ended up being private property so don’t do what I did and just go straight through and back. Beautiful forest!

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Michael Brown
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Got here at 3 pm and the weather was perfect. Walked 8.29 miles. The views are humbling.

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