Morgan Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Morgan Trail offers a great deal of variety for a short wilderness hike. The trail takes you from open chaparral to the shade of oaks, sycamores, and willows along Morrell Canyon Creek, then back up to views toward Sitton Peak in the west. Along the banks of Morrell Canyon Creek, large boulders and grassy areas shaded by ancient oak trees provide ideal spots for wildlife watching, sitting, daydreaming, or picnicking.Like the Bear Canyon Trail (Hike 21), the Morgan Trail takes you into the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness Area in the southern part of the Santa Ana Mountains. In fact, with a car shuttle between the Morgan and Bear Canyon trailheads, you could make a point-to-point hike of 5.1 miles."
--Randy Vogel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County (Falcon Guides).
"The Morgan Trail crosses the northern edge of San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, one of coastal Southern California’s newest
national-forest wilderness areas and possibly its last. You can camp overnight along portions of the trail within the wilderness
boundary, but don’t forget the required wilderness camping permit."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
The start of the hike is in a oak grove that follows a creek when it is during the rainy seasons, it was dry for me and my wife. As the trail progresses you end up on the side of a hill going down. During this period you will be greeted with beautiful Vistas and at some points you can see clear to the Ocean. My only complaint is it is open to horses so you have to put up with the stench, flies, and the occasional quick step around the dung. As for wild life we saw hawks, various other birds, horned toads, various lizards, and rabbits. I would rate this hike medium when it comes to effort, it starts off downhill, so you will have to come up hill on the way back but the elevation gain isn't to steep, and there is the occasional downhill areas to give your legs a break.
very nice trail. We brought our dog, Eveyone enjoyed it.
This is a very nice, peaceful flat hike. We went on a Saturday and the whole trail we only saw 4 other people. The trail itself is very overgrown so make sure to wear pants or the weeds and grass overgrow will gets your legs. There are some nice views along the trail with a small stream crossing. Overall very enjoyable.
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