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Crystal Cove State Park’s rolling surf, wide sandy beaches, tide pools, gently sloping hills, and deeply wooded canyons and ridges provide a delightful contrast to its urban surroundings. Located off busy Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. The Crystal Cove Historic District is a 12.3-acre coastal portion of the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The federally listed Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built in the 1920s and 1930s nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development. The park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is not just used by people who enjoy water related activities, such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, scuba and skin diving, but also people who like to fish, mountain bike and hike. The great expanse upland, north and east of the Pacific Coast Highway is for hikers, who can follow hillside and canyon trails to campsites that allow visitors to feel they are "away from it all," despite being near one of the greatest population centers in the United States. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. The park is open from 6am to sunset. No pets allowed.

Great way to test your backpacking gear, and camp at Lower Moro Campground. Beautiful ocean views with several challenging sections. Definitely plan to come back and do more of the loop next time.

A nice morning walk. Some runners on the trial and some bikes, but not too many bikes. Great views and ocean breeze.

Great 2ish hour hike! Incline is a bit steep otw up but the views are definitely pretty! No shade so wear a hat!

My wife and I started our hike about 7:30am from the Ridge Park location in a counter- clockwise direction. Started out with a fairly cool temperature (65ish), but started to climb fairly quick, but a little more than half way thru our hike we we covered with shade and trees. It actually got a little chilly. Overall, we thought the hike was wonderful, but didn’t consider it a “Hard” Hike. I think it was more of a Moderate-Hard Hike. Next time we will migrate to the “Elevator” Trail for a more challenging Trail. A few hikers, a runner, and a few mountain-bikers were sharing the trail. Able to see Catalina Island today, and saw some indication (paw prints) of either Bobcat or Coyote. About a week before this trek, we saw a Coyote.

Would have been a 5 star hike because it was really nice and foggy at the beginning, but the route here goes DOWN "Elevator," a VERY steep section of trail that I nearly broke my ankle getting down. Slow and Easy is a slightly longer section that would put a notch type shape in the most eastern side of the loop. Other than that, I do love the little bit of oak tree shade through the center section of El Morro Canyon trail...pretty much the ONLY bit of shade on the whole hike.

Peaceful and easy beach stroll!

Great regular MTB workout if you’re a local. Suggest you take fence line at the top instead of Bommer for some more fun!

Great ride on Sunday afternoon when hikers are done.

Great view.

Nice trails, beautiful views.

Hike this trail all year round. Great views and one heck of a calorie burn.

The trail is nice, Maintained with a fantastic view.

First overnight trip with my eleven year old scout. Tiring but a lot of fun

I would say it starts easy and then gets hard.

Had a great time. Amazing ocean views.

Hiked this trail down to shoreline, over to the Beachcomber and back. 10.5 Miles. Beautiful views.

Beautiful & peaceful! And lunch @ the date shake shake a tasty bonus!

Nice walk

Nice trails. Great views.

Great uphills.

Amazing views

Obviously a popular place to go! Quite a few people sharing the trail on the way in but drops off the further you go in and becomes more secluded. 0 shade so make sure to bring proper sun protection. The hike back up through Rattlesnake Trail is the best part. Some "mini scrambling" and cool places to rest for 5 mins and enjoy the view. Not my favorite hike in the area but still worth the outing :).

hiking
2 months ago

It was amazing view! We loved this trail and will come back for the ocean view for sure! We hiked 6.2 miles for 2 hours!! Early morning is recommended as there is not much shade or canopy.

Great workout, watch out for flies on the uphill climb. Views are pretty sweet.

Love this trail- great hills for the hikers and plenty of running trails for the runners.

hiking
2 months ago

Great work out with some challenging inclines. Watch out for mountain bikers on the narrow fence line trail portion of the hike. Bring a hat and plenty of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful hike! Not too crowded and the trail was wide enough for bikers to easily pass. If it wasn't overcast, I'm sure the ocean views would have been amazing...I will have to come back again!

I love this hike for the following reasons:
1. It close to home - anywhere in south LA County or Orange County.
2. It is near the beach, so great views and bonus of spending part of the day on the beach after the hike.
3. Trails offer a variety so you can get the work-out you desire: short, long or difficult.
4. Choice of 4 campsites if you want to stay overnight.

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the ocean, but also the street. Nice easy walk great for kids.

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