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

no shade. nice view of the ocean.

hiking
2 days ago

Lots of mountain bikers, pretty views of the canyon and the ocean. Not a bad little trail.

Nice easy trail to follow.....TRAIL closed when you reach the turn to go to the dripping cave due to regrowth from fire. So unable to finish the last .4 miles. Tons of rabbits and a nice cool creek to splash your face if you get hot

This was a good trail, it was pretty easy but the hills gave me a good sweat. it was pretty hot today also in the 80s and there really isn't much shade anywhere although we did find a few spots. The terrain goes from dusty dirt to pavement, it wasn't too bad. Overall it was a good workout and there is a good view dorm the very top of the trail.

Great hike. The left trail is easier for children. Less steep. Make sure to wear good shoes.

hiking
14 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.

on Big Bend Loop

19 days ago

Hard, but worth it.

Great leg and core strengthening trail!

hiking
22 days ago

Why the gates open at 8am is a problem....it was so hot today! But overall a fabulous climb. Yes the first portion is very steep but great views....highly recommend! A great way to spend our 28th wedding anniversary ...

Great little trail and views

trail running
24 days ago

This trail is extremely crowded in peak times such as the morning, weekends, and especially on holidays. The trail brings you up to the famous St. Margaret's cross which is both a local favorite and a bit of a tourist attraction. The view a top the trail is decent but if you want a better view of Palm Desert then try the bump n grind. Good running trail if done twice in succession.

hiking
26 days ago

It's definitely an easier trail but I wouldn't call it easy, especially if you start at the typical base. It does connect to a couple easy routes that are good for beginners and kids to do. It's shorter too than many of the trails unless you do the loops but still an excellent workout! I do it every morning.

hiking
30 days ago

This was a very nice trail. Would rate as easy-moderate. Definitely would suggest exploring each little treasure around during the hike. Adds more time but the graffiti art is very pretty.

Entrance is at the end of a construction road past a yellow gate once you leave the residential area. You’ll walk until you hit a fork- to the left there is a gate entrance and to the right is more paved road. Both loop around & bring you back to the beginning of the fork.
If you want a good butt workout, I would suggest going to the right. The end (left gate entrance) is a long flight of stairs that will definitely tire you out.

Easily on off my favorite trails to date. From the very beginning the trail offers a beautiful scenery of the ocean and beautifully designed houses that inspire me on what I would want someday. The trails have varying ranges of difficulty and also different types of scenery. When you start off you're on a hill where you can peer down into the valley on one side or towards the ocean on the other. As you travel you the trail transitions from rocky passage, to woodland passage. Afterwards you come to following a river until you finally come to open meadows. Honestly one of the best hikes I've been on and very good is for those looking to go on an adventurous date.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Start early in the summer months. The volunteer Lookouts were nice guys.

Amazing place

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.

steep but awesome view

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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Good mountain bike trail. Pretty easy to follow and it was clear when I went the wrong way so I just had to turn back. Links up at the top of the mountain with a couple other trails headed toward Crafton College but I turned back. Only a couple technical spots depending on which line you take coming down the hill.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail today, nice weather! A little hot but it was doable. This isn’t my first time hiking this trail, I noticed today there were a ton of fire ants through out the trail which made it hard to rest. Maybe it was a good thing though because I kept moving! Saw a couple of Californian King snakes but they were along the side of the trail. Overall this is a great trail, definitely a butt burner. Ditch the stair master and come here instead!

Great trail. Scenic ocean and Laguna Beach.

Great views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and Orange County mountains to the east. Santiago peak. Fun hike.

Wow. Elevation like rocket from the get go. Awesome post

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the first 25 - 30 mins of Big Ben (if you love to jog mountains- this is for you). It’s a straight up hike to the top. Great views and moderate connecting trails that take you too emerald bay... no shade so be careful when you decide to take this hike. Have a blast and LVFT!

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