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 1563 feet Loop

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is a serious 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. It's $15 to park.

hiking
2 days ago

My first hike in the US !
Started early on a cloudy morning from parking lot and hiked back to beach. It's beautiful

hiking
21 days ago

One of my favorite trails to hike. Definitely a heart pumping workout, if you're making the big 9 mile loop. Make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Depending on which way you start the views overlooking the Ocean shoreline is incredibly breathtaking. The beach access at the end is pretty much the cherry on top. Happy Trails!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely some steep stretches along the way, but I started at the top by Ridge Park Rd (free to park up there as opposed to the $15 parking at the state park) and reaching the ocean view at the south end of the trail was so rewarding! I would definitely recommend bringing a hat and lots of water; I hiked this in the early afternoon and there was no shade to be found on the trail.

1 month ago

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Bring water, the view is awesome

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

5 months ago

5 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 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!

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

very good

8 months ago

Awesome! beautiful scenery