Hauser Canyon Trail

Campo, California

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The linear, V-shaped gash of Hauser Canyon cuts across one of the really remote parts of the county. Years ago, the public could descend into the canyon by way of a dirt road from Lake Morena Drive and reach a Forest Service campground. Today, the east end of this road is blocked by a locked gate, and the west end is washed out. Nowadays, the canyon is visited only by hikers, undocumented migrants, and Border Patrol agents pursuing those migrants. The stroll down oak- and sycamore-lined Hauser and Cottonwood creeks will be your reward for putting up with a long, somewhat uneventful approach (and return) on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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"The linear, V-shaped gash of Hauser Canyon cuts across one of the really remote parts of the county. Years ago, the public could descend into the canyon by way of a dirt road from Lake Morena Drive and reach a Forest Service campground. Today, the east end of this road is blocked by a locked gate, and the west end is washed out. Nowadays, the canyon is visited only by hikers, undocumented migrants, and Border Patrol agents pursuing those migrants. The stroll down oak- and sycamore-lined Hauser and Cottonwood creeks will be your reward for putting up with a long, somewhat uneventful approach (and return) on the Pacific Crest Trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Campo
Distance: 13.5
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: October through May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Descanso Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Morena Reservoir
Driving Directions: Directions to Hauser Canyon Trail

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May 2018