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Great hike, not too difficult. Only one uphill stretch otherwise very straightforward.

no shade. nice view of the ocean.

Short hike in and amongst a pretty urbanized area. Saw a few pelicans and various birds. There are no signs but plenty of ways to loop around where you came from. Flat the whole way and pretty dense with weeds and bush. Cool for an hour or so, but not going to blow your mind :).

loved this hike, is a great start for beginners

on Fresno Canyon Trail

15 days ago

Hiked this trail a few times as a conditioning trail in the evenings, nice view from the top. Not to boring but enough to give you a workout.

Good place for a morning walk. Follow Google maps, the signs inside are not very helpful

hiking
17 days ago

Great moderate hike, some of the inclines are a bit challenging but totally worth the views at the top. We took this counter clockwise and would definitely recommend doing the same so that you are rewarded with the breathtaking views at the end! Loved this hike and will be back for more in Crystal Cove!

Nice trail, has only one strenuous-ish ascend, the rest is pretty much easy/moderate. Saw a pack of coyotes who were scared off once we approached, lots of bunnies and birds. There were beautiful mountain views at the top and right before the descend (we went clock wise). Parking is $15 for the whole day but there’s a sunset rate from 5pm till sunset which is only $5. Saw a tow truck on the way back right before sunset, I guess they do enforce their parking policy. Definitely recommend and will come back.

trail running
23 days ago

Great trail for a beginner trail runner. Nice shade and scenery and not too hilly.

hiking
29 days ago

Very calm, not packed in the morning, parking is easy to find if you go early. The scenery is amazing .

trail running
1 month ago

This trail is maintained & rewarding. All uphill at first but once you reach the top, the trail starts to wind down. So much around to see & explore but also great for running. The run is challenging but as soon as you make the run around into the smaller trails, that’s the exciting part. The trail closes in between trees & a dried up river bed. The trail markers let you know the distance so you don’t get lost.
Constant views and open area so wear sunscreen.

Awesome trail. Ended up taking it to the emerald trail totaling about 10 miles. Great hike, cool secluded place in Laguna Canyon.

We went to this trail at one of the hottest days in this summer. It is not an easy hike in the hot weather plus an exposed trail. However, an occasional ocean breeze is pleasant. We finished the 5 Miles within 2 hours! A nice Sunday work out!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the ocean...beautiful 2 hour hike

Amazing place

a bit short and too close to the city but the scenery is amazing if you like creeks and rivers.

There is no shade on this trail, as described previously. It would be a better hike on an overcast day - I was there in the full sun. The trail is well maintained. you don't have to go far to get a view of the ocean. Not sure there is enough on this trail to attract me back again, but it was a nice outing.

Great views of Crystal Cove. Absolutely no shade, but we went on the perfect June gloom day.

Enjoyed taking the beach access trail/tunnel near the end. Great family hike but fake note of the weather.

This trail is rated hard and it was. But definitely worth the cardio workout. The last portion is super steep and the dirt is really lose so we weren’t able to complete it. Great views from the top.

Apple maps took us to the other side. Upside is we did not have to pay for parking. Coming back was brutal uphill. Maybe went the wrong way but total hike was about 8 miles. Great workout.

Great trail. Scenic ocean and Laguna Beach.

4.5 because of the 15$ parking fee. great hike very enjoyable. only down fall is It seems as tho every annoying bug on the west coast lives at this park. great hike for getting into shape good elevations. as noted by others you will need lots of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little hike, I just did it going down and I really like it, found a couple creeks, and wild life.

First time hiking at Crystal Cove took the Moro Canyon easy hike. Absolutely beautiful views. The trail was easy enough for non-experienced hikers, but don't get me wrong it was an excellent workout and I broke a sweat. I will definitely be on this hiking path again. and will definitely try the other more advanced trails soon enough.

Lovely view of the beach on the loop back. Quite steep in some places, and gets a lot of sun exposure - would recommend going here earlier in the morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Arrived later in the afternoon so didn't have enough time to go far on the trail, but at least got an idea of the surroundings. Trail had a lot of canopy on either side with some wildlife. Decent view of some of the homes on surrounding canyons. Moderately easy trail that would be ideal for a beginner level mountain bike. Will return on another time to explore the trail further.

The views are absolutely stunning! But be prepared to hike steep to see them. Kid friendly if they are good hikers. My 5yr old was able to do it.

walking
2 months ago

Took my girlfriend up the trail. Definitely a nice place to get away from the city. Great view of the freeways.

hiking
2 months ago

I have done every trail within Crystal Cove State Park & it is still my favorite place to bring visitors who have a hankering to hike.

There are lots of uphill trails which is always a plus for me. There are a variety of wide trails & single track trails (watch out for mountain bikers). This is also where I trained for a marathon I ran in Dingle Ireland because of the hills.

Unfortunately to hike on this side of the park it’s $15 to park, but you also have access to the beach.

Tips: bring sunscreen or a hat and pack plenty of water since there is very little shade; park on the backside of the park which borders Laguna Coast Wilderness Park if you don’t want to pay the steep parking fee.

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