The Morgan Trail to Killen Road is a beautiful out-and-back hike through oak-lined valleys, crossing a usually-dry creek bed and rewarding you at the mid-way point with terrific views over Lake Elsinore and out to Mts. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio and Baldy. I hiked this with the Hiking OC meetup to clear my head after too much fun on New Years Eve.
The hike is mostly uphill to the turnaround point, but not too steep.
Elev. gain: 1,804 feet
Duration: 3 hours, 55 minutes (with a long lunch break)
Dogs are allowed
Best time to hike: October through May (too hot during the summer)
A parking lot directly across from the Candy Store on Ortega Highway (map). A National Forest Adventure Pass is required. The day pass can be purchased at the Candy Store.
Post Hike Considerations
The Candy Store sells sandwiches, chocolate dipped strawberries and homemade fudge, among other things. Or if you want to reward yourself with a well-earned cerveza, you can head a little further up Ortega Highway to a biker bar called Hell’s Kitchen. It’s not as rough as it sounds, and you can get a burger and a beer. The condiments are served in a casket!