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Campo to Cottonwood Creek (PCT)

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A very southern portion of the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail.


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21.3

Miles

34.3

KM

Point to Point

3,503' 1,068 m

High

2,327' 709 m

Low

3,177' 968 m

Up

2,579' 786 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This part of the PCT has that southwest feel to it with the temperate climate and abundance of cacti and dry brush. Anyone in the San Diego area that wants to experience a more 'New Mexico Style' climate should partake in this portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Need to Know

This route is mapped as a point-to-point shuttle and is a good way to experience a short portion of the over 2000-mile-long PCT. Drop off a car or arrange a pickup if you plan to do it as it's mapped.

The often steep gradients and abundance of low brush and cacti can make for some tricky maneuvers, be careful with your footing.

Description

The trail offers magnificent views for hikers to enjoy and varying grades of difficulty which makes for a more interesting hike. The beautiful southwestern environment makes for one of the best trails to hike year round. Feel free to stop at any portion of the trail or the lakeside of Lake Morena for a more refreshing pit stop.

Flora & Fauna

From forests to open plains, cacti to wild flowers, you will see it all.

History & Background

The Pacific Crest Trail is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which are roughly 100 miles east of the U.S. Pacific coastline. The trail's southern most point is on the U.S. border with Mexico, in Campo near San Diego.

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Justin S.

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Valleys in the distance
Apr 29, 2015 near Campo, CA
Lake Morena Ahead
Apr 29, 2015 near Campo, CA
Across Cottonwood Vly to Lagunas
Apr 30, 2015 near Campo, CA
Lake Morena
Apr 29, 2015 near Haciend…, MX
Hauser Canyon
Apr 30, 2015 near Haciend…, MX
Trail Sign above Hauser Canyon
Apr 30, 2015 near Haciend…, MX

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Apr 1, 2017
Tami Sparks
1st overnight trip. 11 miles day one and about 10 day two ending at Lake Morena Campground. Pretty steep inclines and we had to reload water in Creek 21mi