Pacific Crest Trail (Section #3)

Morena Reservoir to Mount Laguna
Located 20.3 miles from Alpine, California (CA)
4 Stars
21,270 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #3) has a maximum elevation of 4,344 ft (1,324 m), a minimum elevation of 3,048 ft (929 m), and an elevation range of 1,296 ft (395 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,27010.0 mi3,048 ft4,344 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.6 hrs112.21,346 ft277 ft
[ B to A ]
3.5 hrs23.1277 ft1,346 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #3?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #3 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,270 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #3?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #3 in 3.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #3 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Morena Reservoir to Mount Laguna topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Viejas Mountain, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Descanso, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Mount Laguna, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Barrett Lake, CA
  5. Topo Map: Morena Reservoir, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Cameron Corners, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tecate, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Potrero, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Campo, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #3?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #3 is located on the Morena Reservoir and Mount Laguna topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT003T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #3 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.


  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.