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.
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. It's $15 to park.
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.
great hike make sure to bring water. It's $15 to park make sure you pay the signs are NOT clearly posted
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.
Solid hike with views of the Pacific Ocean and, on a clear day, Santa Catalina island.
Bring water, the view is awesome
A very groomed trail with little surprises. Few hills and shade.
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.
Challenging uphills and downhills.. The beach was beautiful!!
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!
Ended at 11 miles rattlesnake tail was the best part! Lots of sunscreen!
Awesome! beautiful scenery
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.