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El Moro Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews
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El Moro Canyon Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles 669 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

A moderate, 5 mile loop that takes you through canyon and up to Moro ridge, with sweeping coastal views. This trail begins and ends at the El Moro Visitor Center. This loop gives you a tour of the El Moro Canyon, then climbs over 800' in elevation to the ridge line, where you'll enjoy some of the best coastline views in the park.


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Hike for almost 5 miles.
Had a great workout with my friends.
Nice cool ocean breeze.


2 months ago

hiking

Beautiful views of the ocean while you're hiking! I would definitely say it is moderate, not easy. My friend and I were breathing a little heavy while talking to each other, but it wasn't anything we couldn't handle, and we aren't even in very good shape haha. Pretty flowers along the way (:


2 months ago

It was a great hike.


2 months ago

hiking

It was terrific! Very scenic and cool temperatures! Have hiked the entire park, but mostly stick to El Moro loop for time constraints! Clean air and a great workout


2 months ago

mountain biking

Fun!


2 months ago

Nice trail with cool ocean breeze. Nice views at the end. Stopped in second parking lot at tables for lunch.


2 months ago

Super fun, well marked pathways are always appreciated. You can make it easy or hard, depending on which path you choose which is very nice!


2 months ago


3 months ago

Very nice hike, great views!


4 months ago

hiking

it really worth $15 i loved the place


4 months ago

A nice ocean view from the top but overall a very boring, dusty trail devoid of any wildlife (unless you count spiders). $15 to park your car, but at least you can head to the beach afterwards to rinse the dust off your legs. Better yet...skip this hike and walk the beach instead!


5 months ago

trail running

Great for running - lots of rolling hills. I love being able to run from ridge to ridge like this hard trail allows. Did about ~14 miles of trails this day that connected. Running the single track paths were pretty fun too, not many bikers on those paths when I was there. Great views


5 months ago

hiking

view of the ocean was nice.
very wide, flat, and open trail…good for exercising.


6 months ago

Longer than we thought. Had some nice plants/trees. View of the ocean was cool. It was a wide dirt road.


6 months ago

Great ocean views! Great air quality!


6 months ago

hiking


6 months ago

Go counterclockwise to get a great butt kicking cardio blast at the beginning of the trail!


6 months ago

Done this hike many times. Great for novices. Beautiful ocean views on your way back. Would highly suggest to get an annual national park parking pass for $150 if you plan on doing a lot of hiking at El Morro as day parking is $15.


6 months ago

hiking