Lake Morena


Lake Morena County Park is a great destination for any van or RV lifer. The park offers camping, hiking, fishing and is located in East County, San Diego. Lake Morena sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet and is the most remote reservoir in all of San Diego County. The park features 8 miles of trails, a pavilion, a meeting space, and a playground. The park offers a great escape from San Diego for anyone looking to spend time in the mountains.


Lake Morena County Park is a great place to park the van or RV and spend a few days exploring the local area. The park shows characteristics of desert, coastal, and mountain habitats and is popular for hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, camping, star gazing, and much more. 

Motorized boats can be rented for daily fishing and touring the lake. Swimming and direct-body contact is not allowed.  Additionally, the boat dock is subject to closure during inclement weather, including high winds, electrical storms, rain, and snowstorms. 

The Pacific Coast Trail

The Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) is 2650 miles long and runs through the campground and offers hikers a free night stay on their way north to Canada.  This gives anyone the opportunity to hike a few miles on the trail. Maybe you will meet someone starting or ending their journey on the trail. 

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