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What a great trail! Great views!

Amazing trail with visibility to various wildlife - we saw birds that are similar in size to storks and pelicans (not 100% sure what they were though). This place is in our back yard and you run into bird watchers every now and then. Amazing experience overall!

13 days ago

It's a little too easy but I brought someone who is not an experienced hiker & this was perfect. You can get in at least 5 miles & there is hardly anyone on this trail.

Nice dog friendly trail with lots of parking

Great hike. Took about 2 hrs round trip. It’s actually more than 4.5 mi. A little over 5 mi. according to our calculations. Some views, some shade, a nice stream, a few bridges. Nice variety.

It’s closed. And it’s a loop but with no signs.

23 days ago

We had hiked Crystal Cove a few times and enjoyed it. I did a quick google search and came across this one and I had never heard of it. We parked on San Joaquin Rd., our total hike was 4.9 miles. We were pleasantly surprised with the shade that the nearby hills and the trees provided...about half the hike was shaded. It was great to hear the water running...we were curious as to the origin of the water. The sound of the birds added to the experience. A downfall would be the narrow paths that you have to share with mountain bikers. It was awesome to see the view of the Pacific toward the end of our hike. Overall, it was a pleasant hidden gem.

Awesome near dusk. Lots of deer and great for all ages of our kiddos .

it's a work-out with a great view.

27 days ago

Easy trail with kids

Amazing views and a nice little workout

Amazing I go on this trail all the time it’s right next to my home and it’s got amazing view of the beach.

1 month ago

Beautiful quiet trail. Has shaded areas, not much elevation gain, beautiful views of bridges.
Will be back again. #52hikechallenge

It takes 1.5 walking in a concrete road to actually get in the trail. Lots of mountain bikes.

Very enjoyable beach day ⛱

Amazing workout... the view is speechless
Definitely coming back

Great place for beginners to start hiking!

Both sides of the trail on this map where closed about halfway through...? Signs stating “private property keep out! End of Trail.”

A good trail, great for beginners as the ascent is easy and not steep. My cousins live right above this canyon so this is a regular for a lot of our family. It’s not my favorite but it’s not my least favorite either.
The reason I gave it 3 stars is that it takes a lot of the fun out of it when you constantly have the mountain bikers sneaking up on you and small kids. Little ones are just all over the place and it makes hiking a lot more work than it needs to when you share trails with different activities. I am sure the mountain bikers feel the same about the hikers, especially the kids.

A good portion of the park was burned in the recent fires but they've since opened some of the trails again. Went today and there were several crews surveying the damage and tractors removing dead trees. The hiking is always good here, though. Easy trails good for running.

I loved this hike! I hiked it with my 9 and 10 year-old kids who also loved it. It was a bit long though...took us 2.5 hours of leisurely hiking. Instead of walking up Awma Road and then onto Aliso Creek trail I’d recommend heading to the left (behind the parking lot) following the stoney path to the left. This path leads to a creek crossing and has a lot of trees and greenery (it’s very picturesque) and leads to Aliso Creek Trail East which is not paved so a bit more of a hike compared to the Aliso Creek Trail. It then intersects with Aliso Creek Trail.

Absolutely love this trail , cool shady and verily easy , not really a hike but a great workout !

Beautiful! Goes right along the ocean with sharp cliffs. Exactly what I was looking for with the dogs. Wasn't too busy on a holiday weekend either

2 months ago

A quick and easy walk. Not much challenge to it. Nice little creek to have a picnic at on it.

2 months ago

I live close by, and try to power walk the trail a few times a week. It can be crowded, but always enjoyable.

3 months ago

Very easy.and beautiful. Nice breeze most of the time to keep you cool. Birds, rabbits, reservoir and of course coyotes. Nice and relaxing place to enjoy a walk or run.

Beautiful views.

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