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Campo to Cottonwood Creek (PCT)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

21.3 mile 34.3 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,177' 968 m
Descent: -2,579' -786 m
High: 3,503' 1,068 m
Low: 2,327' 709 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Justin S.

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

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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.

Runner Notes

Depending on one's abilities, this trail can be a long, strenuous run. Make sure to bring water and some snacks as well as comfortable running equipment. It would be wise to travel with a partner to ensure safety.

Description

The trail offers magnificent views for runners to enjoy and varying grades of difficulty which makes for a more interesting run. The beautiful southwestern environment makes for one of the best trails to run 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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Valleys in the distance
Apr 29, 2015 near Campo, CA
Lake Morena
Apr 29, 2015 near Haciend…, MX
Across Cottonwood Vly to Lagunas
Apr 30, 2015 near Campo, CA
Hauser Canyon
Apr 30, 2015 near Haciend…, MX
Trail Sign above Hauser Canyon
Apr 30, 2015 near Haciend…, MX
Lake Morena Ahead
Apr 29, 2015 near Campo, CA

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