Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 1

SOUTHERN TERMINUS to BOULDER OAKS CAMPGROUND: From the US-Mexico border, begin this 21.2-mile leg with a traverse of Hauser Mountain's broad slopes before descending into the lowlands near Lake Morena.
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SOUTHERN TERMINUS to BOULDER OAKS CAMPGROUND: From the US-Mexico border, begin this 21.2-mile leg with a traverse of Hauser Mountain's broad slopes before descending into the lowlands near Lake Morena.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 34.1

Waypoints

On the tracks

Location: 32.605411529541, -116.488822937012

Here the PCT crosses the abandoned tracks for San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad. ©Jack Haskel

Views of Lake Morena

Location: 32.6694793701172, -116.526947021484

©Jack Haskel

PCT001

Location: 32.5897331237793, -116.46696472168

Southern Terminus Monument and Border Fence along a dirt road. Sign trail register and head downhill into high brush.

Tip: Print out PCT Water Report for current water levels and information.

PCT002

Location: 32.6031837463379, -116.470283508301

Cross paved Forest Hill Road

PCT003

Location: 32.6053352355957, -116.471351623535

Turn L at old concrete steps onto PCT trail tread

PCT004

Location: 32.6054992675781, -116.482948303223

Cross CA 94

PCT005

Location: 32.6067657470703, -116.485313415527

Campo Creek has a good flow

PCT006

Location: 32.6072006225586, -116.489067077637

Cross abandoned tracks for San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad and start ascent winding W over small ridge. Trail enters a maze of gullies and ravines.

PCT007

Location: 32.6079330444336, -116.498985290527

Pass seasonal creeklet and head along eastern flanks of Hauser Mountain

PCT008

Location: 32.6233825683594, -116.518714904785

Cross metal gates and old jeep road

PCT009

Location: 32.6248168945312, -116.520362854004

Cross jeep road

PCT010

Location: 32.6433982849121, -116.524116516113

Cross jeep road

PCT011

Location: 32.6601181030273, -116.550636291504

Sharp R turn down a good dirt road where views of Hauser Canyon open up.

PCT012

Location: 32.6548004150391, -116.542503356934

Turn L down onto trail for descent into Hauser Canyon.

PCT013

Location: 32.6613998413086, -116.545486450195

Hauser Creek flows in winter and early spring. Find camping under a welcoming glade of large oaks and sycamores.

PCT015

Location: 32.6612167358398, -116.545219421387

Hauser Creek camp

PCT016

Location: 32.6711349487305, -116.526031494141

High point of ridge with views towards Lake Morena.

PCT017

Location: 32.6824836730957, -116.517181396484

Lake Morena Campground

PCT018

Location: 32.6949996948242, -116.495903015137

Rocky outcrop where views open towards Lake Morena

PCT019

Location: 32.7151184082031, -116.498863220215

Buckman Springs Road; cross creek with water

PCT020

Location: 32.7283821105957, -116.483848571777

Boulder Oaks Campground

PCT021

Location: 32.7318992614746, -116.483367919922

Cross old CA 80

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At the border fence

Location: 32.5901222229004, -116.467163085938

Thru-hiker Jack Haskel starts from the Mexico-US border.

Southern Terminus Monument

Location: 32.5906028747559, -116.468032836914

BACKPACKER Map Contributor Jack Haskel on the southern terminus monument. ©Jack Haskel

Hauser Canyon

Location: 32.6600456237793, -116.550354003906

Fog floats above Hauser Canyon. ©Jack Haskel