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Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop

HARD 152 reviews
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Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, California 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 1561 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.

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20 days ago

It was amazing

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1 month ago

Love this trail! Very long with great views and a great workout! It offers areas to camp and so many beautiful scenic views. Can't wait to go again!

2 months ago

way to easy your basically paying $15 to park and walk on a hard pack firebreak road

2 months ago

Good free app.

2 months ago

Got lost. Started at Costal Peak Park and tried to do the loop. Stayed on Bonner Ridge trail and missed the turn to Crystal Cove. Wound up at Laguna and had to walk 3 miles on PCH. There were some parts of PCH that had little to no sidewalk so it was dangerous.

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2 months ago

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

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3 months 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!

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4 months 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.

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