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Lake Morena Loop

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Trail

20.8 mile 33.4 kilometer loop
60% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,841' 866 m
Descent: -2,841' -866 m
High: 4,249' 1,295 m
Low: 3,106' 947 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Fulvio Capitanio

This ride checks many of the boxes, including technical climbs and fun downhills.

Fulvio Capitanio

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Overview

This ride includes some asphalt, loose and hard-packed dirt, rock gardens, and granite slabs. Most bikers will be able to complete all of the downhill segments, whereas some climbs include a few short technical sections where less experienced riders may have to push their bikes up the obstacle.

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.

Description

Cars can be parked on Corral Canyon Road (FSR #17S04). The road is a mix of asphalt and dirt, but a regular car can drive over it with ease. At the trailhead, there is a clearing big enough for a few cars to park. There are two trails that leave from the parking space, but these are not to be followed.

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.

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Feb 9, 2020
Andy Nager
Uncle Mark 18mi — 3h 45m
Nov 10, 2019
Greg Faber
Apr 1, 2018
Fulvio Capitanio
Jan 1, 2018
Fulvio Capitanio
20.5mi
Mar 10, 2017
Jeffrey Alexander
23.5mi

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  3.9 from 8 votes

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One of the many granite sections of Wrangler.
Apr 3, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
Dirt, granite, vegetation. Wrangler has it all.
Apr 3, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
Technical climb on Bronco Flat.
Apr 3, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
At the top of Spur Meadow.
Apr 3, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
4 way intersection
Jul 31, 2016 near Pine Va…, CA
TrailHead
Jul 31, 2016 near Pine Va…, CA

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