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I saw a coyote pup and a rabbit while hiking on the trail. Beautiful views with well maintained dirt roads. Up and down steep hills all along the way. Bring plenty of water - a great trail for running!

Great hiking trail with multiple hills and great views of the Pacific Ocean. This is our go-to hike near our home in OC.

I like challenges go all the way to the he towers.

Beautiful and challenging

I saw a baby bear there on July 2. It’s a good hike but start early as there’s little shade and the sun is very strong in mid afternoon

Beautiful hike plenty of shade too...

Really enjoyed this ride. Takes you thru some beautiful & “hidden” parts of Fullerton. Would give it 5 stars ‘cept for the numerous walkers & runners, many with dogs and ear buds. Don’t assume others can hear you.

Is a great work out ! No shades but nice view! ! Highly recommend

Decent hike around Crystal Cove Park - completely unshaded. A nice way to end the hike is to go to Laguna Beach :) There are many rolling hills along the way for a good workout.

I finished this in under 3 hours.

walking
2 months ago

Cool park

mountain biking
2 months ago

This trail it’s very good it has all kinds of terrain from gravel under a bridge, little dirt jumps to some good hills some are really cool it goes around neighborhoods and it’s a really fun trail the only downside it’s that you have to cross streets to keep staying on the trail other than that some times gets kind of crowded with people on some of the trails but that doesn’t bother me much. ( I see it like a challenging track)

hiking
2 months ago

Great conditioning hike going up the BFI with amazing view of Newport Coast and PCH. For an extra challenge, after BFI, go down East Cross Over then up Poles :))

A great workout for hiking

The best trail for mountain biking

Great hike!

My first time and i enjoy it, looking forward for the next trail to try

2 months ago

This trail is not that beautiful. I mean...if it’s all you have then fine. But there is no greenery, telephone poles along the route and yes the coast is nice but it’s obstructed by peoples houses!! If you want a long hike to do and not drive far, this is a good choice. But it’s not as beautiful as it’s made out to be. I parked near the baseball field to avoid the $15 parking fee....which also is absolutely ridiculous.

trail running
2 months ago

Great challenge with all the inclines, nice stretch of shaded areas and light traffic.

This hike was fun and challenging if you’re a newbie like me! The route we took did have a lot of hikes up hills and my legs were jelly by the time we were done. The scenery, serenity and confidence boosting was all worth it! Absolutely gorgeous to find this gem in OC! Well worth it, don’t bring children on the long hikes and there are in fact rattlesnakes!

hiking
2 months ago

This would be a great trail if it had more directional signage... it’s confusing

nature trips
2 months ago

una de mis favoritas¡¡¡ amo el gato¡¡

The Mother Trail

at first the incline is intense but over all its a good easy trail. it's easy just a long trail.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice mix with some great areas to explore off the main trails. Had a blast.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is a blast to MB. From my home it is 15.3 miles of bliss. Not overly difficult, but there are a couple nice climbs. Put on your fav music, and GO!

walking
2 months ago

Lots of shade and lots of people. Heavily used 7 days a week by walkers, runners, bikes, and dogs. No cats.

A great hike! At the beginning it felt crowded but it got better the deeper you went into the park. Not as many flowers as you’d like due to dryness. I didn’t love all the mountain bikers on some trails. Not all of them were careful to warn you about them flying around the corner

Hiked from Ridge Park Trailhead to avoid paying $15 parking fee at Crystal Cove Visitor's Center parking lot. I completed the loop in clockwise direction and added in approximately 3 mile out and back hike on the beach via the underground tunnel under PCH. I had to take off my boots to wade through the tunnel which had 12"-18" of water in the tunnel. Did not see many wildflowers today. It is really starting to look dried out since there was so little rain this winter. An enjoyable hike. Not a lot of people or bikes on the trail but it was a weekday.

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