Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop

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Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.5 miles 1325 feet Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is a strenuous 9.5 mile hike with some good elevation gain that follows the perimeter of the park and provides beautiful views over the Pacific and east toward Santiago and Modjeska Peaks. This "grand tour" of Crystal Cove backcountry passes all three backcountry campgrounds and takes you up and down ridges and valleys.

great hike make sure to bring water. It's $15 to park make sure you pay the signs are NOT clearly posted

hiking
1 month ago

I hike here regularly. To save money, park on the road at the end of Ridge Park at the top, plenty of room.
Only problem is, the finish is uphill.
There are a couple of bathrooms marked on the trail and large blocks at the top and bottom.
There are many steep pitches but nothing too long.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Solid hike with views of the Pacific Ocean and, on a clear day, Santa Catalina island.

2 months ago

Bring water, the view is awesome

hiking
2 months ago

A very groomed trail with little surprises. Few hills and shade.

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3 months ago

This is my favorite trail. It can be as hard or easy as u want it to be. I like doing the whole loop. Bring plenty of water and plan on 3-3.5 hrs.

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging uphills and downhills.. The beach was beautiful!!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Walk the rim going clockwise all the way out past the Eagle Scout gates. Give yourself a couple hours at least to hit the elevator down at end of the long hike for a truly amazing sunset. Trails are wide and have lots of traffic so it's all about the view!

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Ended at 11 miles rattlesnake tail was the best part! Lots of sunscreen!

5 months ago

very good

6 months ago

Awesome! beautiful scenery

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

lots of trails, so you can change the distance, time and workout/hike. fun wide truck size trails, ocean breezes. $15 dollar parking. no shade on trails, but great views.

6 months ago

We hike for almost 10 miles, my suggestion, start early on your hike there's no shady trail, bring lots of water. The view was amazing on the top, but the trail is confusing there's no name of the trails, so keep your GPS handy.

trail running
7 months ago

The first mile is a steady incline and then it goes up and down which is difficult. However, when you need to stop and catch your breath you're surrounded by beautiful landscape.