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Trail conditions and closures from the Pacific Crest Trail Association toll free hotline: 1-888-PC-TRAIL. Contact the PCTA at 916-285-1846. www.pcta.org
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Leave No Trace - www.lnt.org
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Check www.pctwater.com for the latest SoCal water information.
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These notes are provided as a free service to PCT hikers. I believe the information is accurate but they may contain errors. The notes are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
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Driving directions to the Southern Terminus of the PCT
At the intersection of Hwy 94 and Forest Gate Rd in Campo drive SE on paved Forest Gate Rd [across the highway from the Trading Post Market & Liquor]. Mileage is the distance from Hwy 94:
4/10 mile - pass the Juvenile Ranch Facility
6/10 mile - continue S on the unpaved road
9/10 mile - continue past the Castle Rock Ranch, the unpaved road curves to the left around the ranch property
1 mile - turn right at the fork of unpaved roads, follow the fence line S uphill
1.2 miles - continue S under the high voltage line, the US border wall and PCT monument are visible in the distance
1.6 miles - arrive at the Southern Terminus of the PCT at the US-Mexico Border
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Mexican Border, Southern Terminus of the PCT, trial register is behind the monument0.0MexBorder2916A1
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Juvenile Ranch, faucet behind sign1.2WR0012626A1
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North Bound Water Alert!
Next water after WR001 may be the Lake Morena Campground in 18.7 miles
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Campo Post Office, 2/10 mile NE of PCT1.4PO00012573A1
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Campo is a small town on the PCT with a small store, pay phone and a post office. Campo Post Office [open M-F 8:30-11:30 & 12:30-4:30, Sa 9:30-12; 619-478-5466]
(Hiker Name)
c/o General Delivery
Campo, CA 91906
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Trading Post, small store, 2/10 mile E of PCT1.5TradingPost2545A1
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The Campo Diner [www.campodiner.com], a Subway Sandwich shop [open 24 hours], and a taco shop are 2.1 miles NE of the Trading Post Market at Hwy 94 and Buckman Springs Rd near a gas station/mini-mart.1.5
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Hwy 942.3Hwy942471A1
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Railroad tracks3.0RR00032463A1
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Creeklet4.4WR0042376A1
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Campsite in dry meadow4.6CS00052377A1
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Pipe gate4.8GT00052413A1
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Pipe gate8.8GT00093357A1
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Unpaved jeep road8.8RD00093340A1
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Camping is possible near RD0009. Unfortunately the area was burned by a wildfire in Sept. 2010. The fire was caused by two stranded undocumented immigrants who set a signal fire for help.8.8
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Unpaved jeep road9.0RD0009b3342A1
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Unpaved jeep road10.9RD00113370A2
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3/10 mile E of the PCT on unpaved jeep road RD0011 are some flat areas that could serve as campsites.10.9
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Pipe gate11.8GT00123293A2
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Pipe gate12.5GT0012b3142A2
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Powerline13.8PL00142983A2
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At mile 14 the PCT makes a sharp right turn and joins unpaved S Boundary Rd [RD0014]. In 3/10 mile pass an unpaved and unsigned road on your left. Do not take this dead-end road! Continue another 3/10 mile to where the PCT departs S Boundary Rd at mile 14.6. The PCT departs S Boundary Rd on a trail with a PCT sign, near a yellow sign in Spanish cautioning travelers.14.0
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PCT joins unpaved South Boundary Rd14.0RD00142940A2
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Powerline14.2PL0014b2913A2
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PCT departs South Boundary Rd14.7RD00152830A2
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Watch for Poison Oak in the Hauser Creek area.15.4A2
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Hauser Creek, often dry, several campsites W of trail15.4WRCS0152318A2
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Cottonwood Creek below Lake Morena, follow dirt road 1.6 miles W of PCT15.4WACS0161825A2
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South Bound Water Alert!
Next water after LKMorenaCG may be WR001 [Juvenile Ranch] in 18.7 miles
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Lake Morena Campground, water, showers20.0LkMorenaCG3050A2
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Lake Morena is a campground and nearby village. The area has 2 small stores [one w/ deli], hiker camping [$5 per person], showers, ATM, and a pay phone.
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Campground phone: 619-579-4101
Campground website: www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks/Camping/lake_morena.html
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Oak Shore Grocery, small store w/ deli, 4/10 mile SE of PCT20.0OakShoreGro3114A2
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At mile 20 the PCT crosses the intersection of Lake Morena Dr and Lake Shore Dr near the trailhead parking next to the campground. To continue northbound on the PCT follow Lake Shore Dr N for 2/10 mile.The campground office is 3/10 mile NW on Lake Morena Dr.20.0
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Pipe gate20.6GT00213049A2
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Cottonwood Creek Bridge, usually dry24.1WR0243066A3
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Please don't graffiti the Cottonwood Creek Bridge [WR024] or any other bridge or trail signs or anything else along the PCT. Graffiti is the ultimate in bad LNT!24.1
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Cottonwood Creek bed25.5WR0263107A3
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Boulder Oaks Campground is closed March 1 - June 15 to protect the Arroyo Toad during breeding season.26.0
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Boulder Oaks Campground, outhouse, water26.0BoulderOakCG3183A3
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As you leave Boulder Oaks Campground you walk a short distance along Old Hwy 80. If you look directly across the road from the "Rural Bus" sign you see a tree and a large rock. Native American morteros or grinding holes can be found in the rock. These holes were slowly formed by grinding seeds, pods and nuts. Imagine Indians at work here centuries ago.26.3
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Interstate Hwy 826.6Hwy83145A3
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Kitchen Creek Falls, 2/10 mile N of PCT- mi 28.628.6KitchenCrFalls3636A3
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Pipe gate29.7GT00303909A4
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Kitchen Creek Rd, paved, pipe gate E of road30.2RD00303995A4
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Seasonal Yellow Rose Spring, 4/10 mile N on Kitchen Creek Rd, often has water early in the hiking season, good camping if you don't mind the nearby (but seldom used) road30.2WRCS0303842A4
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Fred Canyon, usually dry, campsite W of trail32.0WRCS0324211A4
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Fred Canyon Rd32.6RD00334409A4
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Cibbets Flat Campground, water, 8/10 mile NW of PCT32.6CibbetsCG4155A4
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In May 2009 a Marine Super Cobra attack helicopter crashed near PCT mile 32.6. Munitions carried by the helicopter were scattered as a result of the crash. Signs warn hikers to stay on trail because of a safety hazard from unexploded military ordinances in this area.32.6
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Campsite by large oak tree36.1CS00365292A4
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Long Canyon36.9WR0375193A5
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Campsite near Long Creek37.1CS00375245A5
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Campsite among the dead trees37.6CS00385436A5
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Long Canyon Creek ford37.7WR0385443A5
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Lower Morris Meadow, spring, campsite, 3/10 mile NW of PCT38.8WRCS0395829A5
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Red Tail Roost volunteer center, parking, out house. 4/10 mile W of PCT41.0RedTailRoost5980A5
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"Remote camping" not allowed in Laguna Mountain Recreation Area [northbond miles 41.2 - 52.7]41.2
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Burnt Rancheria Campground, water, showers, [open 4/10 - 10/31]41.4BurntRanchCG5937A5
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Burnt Rancheria CG drinking fountain42.1WR0425971A6
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Desert View Picnic Area42.6WR0435956A6
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Mount Laguna Post Office, 4/10 mile W of PCT, Store, Lodge, next door42.6PO00435916A6
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The easiest access to the Mount Laguna Store, Lodge and PO is to cut through the Desert View Picnic Area [WR043, look for the picnic tables W of PCT in the trees] or take RD0043 and backtrack SW on the Sunrise Hwy. You can also access Mount Laguna through Burnt Rancheria CG, but you have confusing campground roads and a longer walk on the Sunrise Hwy.42.6
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Mount Laguna has a Lodge with a small store, and a post office. The Laguna Mountain Lodge and store accepts resupply packages [$5 ea] sent by USPS or UPS. Include ETA on your package.
USPS Address:
(Hiker Name)
c/o Laguna Mountain Lodge
PO Box 146
Mount Laguna, CA 91948
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UPS Address:
(Hiker Name)
c/o Laguna Mountain Lodge
10678 Sunrise Hwy
Mount Laguna, CA 91948
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Lodge hours: everyday 9-5
Lodge phone: 619-473-8533
Lodge website: www.lagunamountain.com
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Mount Laguna Post Office [M-F 12-4, Sa 9-11; 619-473-8341]
(Hiker Name)
c/o General Delivery
Mount Laguna, CA 91948
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Rooms at the Laguna Mountain Lodge are $55 - $70 Mo - Th; $73 - $88 weekends & holidays. $5 extra per night 11/1 - 3/31.42.6
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Laguna Mountain Sports & Supply is an outfitter on Laguna Mountain a short distance S of the Lodge with a surprisingly good inventory. To reach Laguna Mountain Sports, exit the PCT at water fountain on the trail (next to Burnt Rancheria Camground), go to the left on paved campground road, turn right at the 4 way intersection with the "showers" sign, turn right on Sunrise Hwy and go 1/4 mile North. Open M-F 10 - 5; Sa & Su 9 - 6. Open extended hours during PCT hiking season.
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David Libby, Owner
Laguna Mountain Sport & Supply
10545 Sunrise Highway, Mt Laguna, Ca 91948
619-473-0450
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Pine House Cafe & Tavern is a new restaurant on Mount Laguna. Good food, currently open Friday noon through Sunday evening. May open weekdays during the peak of the PCT season. Located on Sunrise Hwy, just North of the Burnt Rancheria Campground entrance.
Pine House phone: 619-473-8857
Pine House website: www.pinehousecafe.com
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Cross a paved road, just N of WR04342.8RD00435981A6
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Cross another paved road43.4RD0043b5915A6
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Big Laguna trail junction44.4BigLagunaTr5897A6
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Foster Point trail junction46.5FosterPtTr5735A6
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Mount Laguna Campground, 7/10 SW of PCT, showers, water, open year round47.2LagunaCG5510A6
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Noble Canyon trail junction48.7NobleCynTr5433A6
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GART faucet, 1/10 mile W of PCT48.7WR0495431A6
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Garnet Peak trail junction50.2GarnetPkTr5490A7
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Pioneer Mail Picnic Area, outhouse52.6WR0535275A7
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"Remote camping" not allowed in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area [mile 41.2 - 52.7]52.7
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Campsite in boulder field55.9CS00565202A7
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Sunrise Trailhead Junction59.5SunriseTr4996A8
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Sunrise Trailhead, outhouse, camping in the open field, water 5/10 mile W of PCT59.5WRCS0594995A8
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The Sunrise Trailhead can be very windy. You may find shelter from the wind [and the highway] among the small hills S of the water tank.59.5
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Mason Valley Truck Trail62.4RD00624694A8
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Mason Valley fire tank, 75 yards E of PCT [usually dry]62.4WR0624698A8
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Pedro Fages Monument, California Riding and Hiking Trail [CRHT] trailhead, access to the PCT from Sunrise Hwy, via a 1.4 mile section of the CRHT62.4PedroFagesTH4686A8
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Campsite near dry creekbed just S of Chariot Cyn Rd63.7CS00643864A8
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PCT joins Chariot Canyon Rd63.7RD00643857A8
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Possible off-trail water:
When you reach unpaved Chariot Canyon Rd [RD0046] turn right to stay on the PCT. If you turn left you will go N down Chariot Canyon to possible seasonal water. See the water report for the most current information
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WR064a - Seasonal creek crossing Chariot Canyon Rd, shade, 8/10 mile N of PCT [2/10 mile N of the State Park boundary sign] - mi 63.7 - 3664 ft
WR064b - Chariot Canyon Fire Tank, 1.2 miles N of PCT - mi 63.7 - 3616 ft
WR064c - Seasonal Chariot Canyon Spring, 1.4 miles N of PCT, spring is on the W side of the road hidden from view by several large oak trees - mi 63.7 - 3509 ft
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PCT departs Chariot Canyon Rd64.1RD0064b4083A8
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Rodriguez Spur fire tank, campsite68.4WRCS0683653A9
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Possible off-trail water:
WR068b - Spring on Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail, 1.1 miles NW of PCT, 70 feet from the large rust colored water tank - mi 68.4 - 3297 ft
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North Bound Water Alert!
Next water after WRCS068 may be WRCS101 [Barrel Spring] in 32.7 miles. Check the water report for current information. See www.pctwater.com
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Pipe gate68.4GT00683649A9
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Small campsite N of trail73.4CS00733132A9
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Pipe gate75.6GT00762370A10
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Scissors Crossing, campsites N of cache and just N of Hwy 78, possible water cache77.0WRCS0772278A10
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Trail Notes - 2013