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Christie Ault reviewed Morena Butte Trail
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This trail is really fun. The first part is easy cruising DOWN the PCT on sand and is completely exposed. This is hot so plan ahead on temp and water. You will be hiking back UP the trail on the way back so plan accordingly. The actual butte is up a steep climb then requires open trail reading vs an established path. You must look for and follow the piles of rocks to guide you to the summit. If you do this it should be no problem. The views are amazing and it’s nice and cool up top.

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HikingOver grown

I picked a bad day to do this hike, it ended up being high 90s and by the time I got to the last 4.5 miles which appears to have a lot of elevation gain and no shade, I was down to half a liter of water so I had to take hauser creek road to a pickup spot. Pretty sure I would have suffered heat exhaustion if I had continued, so I played it safe.

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HikingOver grown

Couldn’t start at the border because the whole area around there is restricted access/under construction. I started a few miles north instead, and am camping along the trail. Going to finish up the rest of the journey to lake morena tomorrow! :)

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this trail starts at the Pacific crest trail Lake Morena trailhead. it was very well maintained and marked as far as where the trail was but it didn't say Marina butte trail, it just said Pacific Crest Trail on the sign. we hiked out and back for 2 1/2 hours. not sure how many miles we did or what trail we were on but we started at the PCT Lake Morena trailhead. followed the directions and it took us here. we are camped at Lake Morena so really easy to get to.

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Backpacking

Hiked the PCT in 2019.

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Hiking

Started at the Southern Terminus and ended at where the trail crosses the 94. Approximately a little over 2 miles. Took 52 minutes with 4 adults and 3 kids ages 11-13. It was hot but manageable at 9am, however, earlier is better. Trail is mostly all exposed. Look for the trailer markers and a single track when the trail crosses the dirt road. There are construction roads for the border wall that partially obscure the trail markers. We were dropped off and picked up. There is no true parking lot at either locations. This was a 40th birthday celebration and bucket list cross off for the birthday girl.

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Backpacking

It’s is super overgrown, pants and long sleevess is a must. Hauser Creek Rd has a gate that is locked, so no dropping off water for the whole 20 miles. Other than that is was an awesome trip with beautiful views even though I did it during a heat wave at 103 Fahrenheit. Bring LOTS OF WATER !!!

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HikingOff trailRocky

This was a great trail I recommend I brought 2 liters of water and ran out 3/4 of the way so I recommend 3-4 liters of water. I also made the mistake of wearing shorts, don’t do that, wear pants... Overgrown but only in a few select places overall the PCT is clear and easy to follow with markings with rocks cleverly placed all the way to the butte. Unfortunately, I got lost at the top and couldn’t figure out the way to the summit and with my water almost gone decided to turn back and go the way I came. If you decide to follow the trail with the PCT as your return path back, a good amount of shade as the sun sets behind the mountain.

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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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Grace S reviewed Morena Butte Trail
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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LT Pep reviewed Morena Butte Trail
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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 !

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Zed Sevcik reviewed Morena Butte Trail
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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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HikingNo shade

Great trail the view was amazing. It was difficult for us to stay on the trail towards the peaks luckily once you start to get up there some savior stacked rocks somewhat along the route. Brought two liters of water and ran out about 80% of the way make sure you bring enough! We did the trail clockwise and there’s a steep decline that goes down towards the dam. Just come prepared and it’s a great hike!

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it was hard hike. lots of incline . view from the top was very beautiful . lots.of outgrown bushes. Defenitely wear long pants and long sleeve shirt. weather gets hot. there is no shade. needs to bring lots of water.

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HikingOver grownScramble
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HikingBugsOff trailRockyScramble

Definitely recommend going counter clockwise. There was some sketchy scrambling up rocks. Flies were so bad made the second half of the hike really tough.

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Krisztina Buti reviewed Morena Butte and Road Loop
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Hiking

I was hiking this trail with my dog. My dog was not able to climb the section above the dam where you have to use the steel rods. This trail should not be marked as dog friendly. Also, the part where you have to climb using the rods is very slippery... I think if you do not have shoes with good traction it can get dangerous.

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