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To ADZPCTKO at Lake Morena

  1. From San Diego, go east on I-8 about 40 miles.
  2. Take the Buckman Springs Road exit
  3. Go right (south) on Buckman Springs Road for 5.6 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Oak Drive for 1.6 miles. (Note: Oak Drive is the road that leads to Lake Morena Village, and it's actually the second road that leads to the lake. The first lake road is just before a bridge and it goes to the offroad area north of the lake. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS.)
  5. Turn right on Lake Morena Drive and go to the campground at Lake Morena County Park.
  6. Proceed past the entrance gate to the ADZPCTKO check-in booth in site 1.

After you find your campsite, unwind your legs and your wits from the long drive and mosey on up to one of the groups of grungy looking folks shooting the bull and introduce yourself.  You'll find friendly, open, genuine people happy to meet you.

To southern terminus of PCT at Mexican border

  1. From San Diego, go east on I-8 about 40 miles.
  2. Take the Buckman Springs Road exit.
  3. Go right (south) on Buckman Springs Road for 10 miles.
  4. Turn right (south) on SR-94 for 1.5 miles to Campo.
  5. Turn left (south) on Forest Gate Rd. Keep heading south 'til you can't go no more--about 1.5 miles. The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California describes this last section as follows:

"The pavement ends beyond Rancho de Campo but you continue south up the graded road. It jogs east at Castle Rock Ranch, turns south at a T-junction with a poorer road, then climbs moderately along a telephone line. After passing under a 500KV power line, you reach a junction with a good dirt road that parallels the Mexican border. ... Now look uphill to the left, southeast, to see the gray PCT monument atop a low knoll at the edge of the wide, defoliated border swath. ... Walk up a short jeep road to the monument, an eight foot high gray wooden affair constructed of five 12x12 posts and capped with the soon-to-be-familiar PCT emblem."

Look for a place that looks like this:

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