Hauser Canyon Trail

Hauser Canyon Trail hike

The Hauser Canyon Trail hike takes you along a section of the PCT south of Lake Morena and past Morena Butte. Most of the trail is well traveled, though in the lower portion of the hike, within the canyon, the trail can get overgrown and difficult to follow. There are a number of interesting sights along the trail including an old dam and rock cave. At around the 6.75 mile mark you’ll reach the Marine Memorial, which was dedicated to 9 marines who died in 1943 fighting a fire in the canyon.

Hauser Canyon Trail trail info.

  • Distance: 13.5 miles (round trip)
  • Hiking time: 8 hours
  • Type: Out and back
  • Elevation gain: 2781’
  • Difficulty: 8/10 (bushwhacking, distance, elevation gain)
  • Usage: Hiking, Trail running, Camping, Backpacking, Dogs allowed
  • When to go: Spring, Fall, Winter
  • Permits Required: Adventure pass
  • Agency: Cleveland National Forest

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Robb Keele

Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker, picture taker and 52 Hike Challenger. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.
Robb Keele

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