Los Angeles: Morris Peak

This rigorous but rewarding 9.8-mile out-and-back on the Pacific Crest Trail climbs more than 2,000 feet to a summit with splendid high-desert views.
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This rigorous but rewarding 9.8-mile out-and-back on the Pacific Crest Trail climbs more than 2,000 feet to a summit with splendid high-desert views.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.9

Waypoints

MOR001

Location: 35.662891, -118.026299

Walker Pass (5,250 ft.): A vital pass in the route from the Mojave Desert to the San Joaquin Valley charted by Joseph Walker in 1834. Begin on Pacific Crest Trail N of road.

MOR002

Location: 35.66798, -118.015739

Pace yourself: Well-traveled path climbs hillside dotted in piñon and a few Joshua trees

MOR003

Location: 35.6763, -118.018204

First saddle; views into the wrinkled bottom of Three Pines Canyon

MOR004

Location: 35.68166, -118.00695

Trail quickly drops into U-shaped drainage that slopes S into Freeman Canyon, then gains again

MOR005

Location: 35.687679, -118.005302

Hike around corner to scope today’s goal, Morris Peak

MOR006

Location: 35.68708, -117.994102

L @ Y; gear down for last .6-mi. push

MOR007

Location: 35.68779, -117.994003

R onto user trail for 700-ft. gain up Morris Peak; foliage thins

MOR008

Location: 35.688782, -117.990898

L @ Y; scree dropoff to S

MOR009

Location: 35.690189, -117.987503

L @ Y for last, likely windy .1 mi.

MOR010

Location: 35.690289, -117.987198

Morris Peak (7,215 ft.): Views stretch from the Indian Well Valley and tree-blanketed Scodie Mtns. to the snowcapped Sierra; eat lunch and return to car

Desert Trail

Location: 35.663851, -118.022132

©Justin Ennis

Walker Pass

Location: 35.665142, -118.017797

Freeman Canyon opens to the SE. ©Justin Ennis

Trail through pines

Location: 35.679993, -118.007584

A shrouded section of the PCT. ©Justin Ennis

The View

Location: 35.690311, -117.986813

The dotted hills and big views of the Indian Wells Valley below. ©Justin Ennis

Peaks

Location: 35.659191, -118.015144

©Justin Ennis