Lake Morena Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,841' 866 m
Descent: -2,841' -866 m
High: 4,249' 1,295 m
Low: 3,106' 947 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“This ride checks many of the boxes, including technical climbs and fun downhills.”— Fulvio Capitanio
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
- A parking pass is required to park on Corral Canyon Road (FSR #17S04)Morena Stokes Valley Road. Passes can be bought at the Pine Valley Store or at the Lake Morena Country Market, which is only 10 minutes away by car from the trailhead. The price is $5 for the day.
- All trails are open to motorized vehicles. Be mindful of that. This is a 20-mile ride, so pack accordingly. Cell phone signal is mostly OK throughout the ride.
The ride begins on Corral Canyon Road (FSR #17S04), an uphill asphalt road that will take the rider to a gate where the road turns sharply to the left. At this point, the paved road is left behind, and the rider can go around the left side of the gate to begin the climb on Kernan Road: a fire road that overlaps part of the Espinosa Trail #4E03.
On a garbage can, a sign saying Espinosa Trail will advise riders when to turn left to leave Kernan Road for this fun and easy uphill singletrack. Espinosa Trail #4E03 will take the rider to Los Pinos Road (FSR #16S17), which is another fire road that leads slightly uphill. Here is where some of the best views can be admired, especially views of the granite wall on the opposite side of the valley that is often used for rock climbing. Los Pinos Road (FSR #16S17) will bring the rider to the beginning of Spur Meadow Trail #801, which is a fast downhill singletrack. This is probably the segment that allows for the greatest speed.
Spur Meadow Trail #801 ends on Corral Canyon Road (FSR #17S04), which can be followed northbound by turning left. A short climb later, the rider will reach the Corral Canyon OHV Area. On the south side of the lot, Wrangler #901 begins. This section is one of the most fun and technical, delivering great views, granite slabs to be pedaled up and down, singletrack with loose rocks and dirt, and hard-packed dirt steps to be sprinted up on.
Skye Valley Road (FSR #17S06) will provide some relief for the rider's legs as it winds down to the beginning of Bronco Flat #905, a clear right hand turnout. More technical steps characterize the beginning of this large trail; as it turns into Gunslinger Trail #911, it is also used by trucks and Jeeps.
The second section of this trail is wide but still has a few downhill, loose-rock segments that will prove challenging. It will bring the rider back onto Morena Stokes Valley Road. This is where the ride overlaps with the previous climbing segment to the Corral Canyon OHV Area.
This time, the trail to be followed is on the northeast side of the area. Kernan #802 is fun and fast with a couple small jumps heading downhill. This trail will take the rider back to the car on Morena Stokes Valley Road.
Land Manager: USFS - Cleveland National Forest Office