Lake Morena / Corral Canyon For Mountain Biking

The 88th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

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East of San Diego and Alpine near Buckman Springs, the 3,250 acre Lake Morena County Park has a great 20 mile mountain bike course. Because of its location on the east slope of the Laguna Mountains, the park shows characteristics of desert, coastal, and mountain habitats. This chaparral woodland is home to a variety of animals. Bald eagles, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and many migratory waterfowl can be observed in the remote wilderness.

Since this route shares trails with the Corral Canyon OHV Area, keep an eye out for ATV and dirt bike riders.

To reach the trailhead from San Diego, head east on the US8 towards El Centro. You will travel through El Cajon, Alpine, and Pine Valley. Exit on the "Buckman Springs" Offramp. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Go through one stop sign. Turn Left on Buckman Springs road. Travel about four miles and you will see a small USFS ranger station (Cottonwood). Turn right on the first road past the station (Corral Canyon/Lake Morena). You will see a sign for Lake Morena. Travel on the dirt road for about three miles until you see the bottom of Kernan Trail. Park in the dirt along the left side of the road.

Overall, Lake Morena / Corral Canyon is the 88th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Lake Morena / Corral Canyon including Big Laguna / Indian Creek Trails, Noble Canyon Loop, Anderson Truck Trail, Mission Trails Regional Park, Sycamore Canyon Open Space and Oriflamme CanyonCuyamaca State Park.

Lake Morena / Corral Canyon Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Cleveland National Forest (619) 445-6235; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike! Southern California" from Dave Story

Best Season:  Mar. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Corral Canyon CG; Pine Valley Inn (619) 473-8560; Alpine Inn, Alpine (619) 445-5172

Luxury Loding:  First Resort Ranch (800) 548-3664

Breakfast Restaurant:  Majors Diner, Pine Valley; Pine Valley Java

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  32.698, -116.523

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  7/20/2016

ID:  12455

Lake Morena / Corral Canyon Mountain Biking Map


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