52 Hike Challenge 2016 Adventure Series
10.25 miles | +1500'
The uniqueness of Morena Butte is in the dramatic divide of the different landscapes. You first weave past Lake Morena along the Pacific Crest Trail, through rock fields and chaparral slopes, then along a pleasant meadow with scattered oaks and pines. As you approach the summits, the well-marked trail disappears, making the rocky climb one of adventure and reward. The climb over rocky ridges and tight passageways offers spectacular views of Lake Morena and Hauser Canyon. This hike also has the bonus of offering a loop, instead of just a there-and-back route. This trek is best in the spring and early summer, when wildflowers are on display.