Looking for a great trail in Crystal Cove State Park, California? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Crystal Cove State Park ranging from 2.9 to 9.9 miles and from 39 to 1,049 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



nature trips

no dogs

wild flowers

bird watching

trail running



mountain biking


kid friendly


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.

no shade
over grown
19 hours ago

Awesome trail, great incline, amazing views. Parts are Overgrown with right now (april) with black mustard. Best done at sunset for those sunset ocean views

Lot of incline and gorgeous wildflowers with green canyon. Highly recommend this trail. No shade and bring plenty of water.

Date 4/16/19
Beautiful weather and scenery. Must visit soon since flowers are blooming.

bridge out
off trail
over grown
private property
washed out
7 days ago

Great view, easy hike, awesome for beginners. As a previous reviewer mentioned.. free parking, about half a mile from the beach, @ Cameo Shores Rd.

I hiked this loop with my 9 y/o daughter and we loved the amazing scenery. The wildflowers are in full bloom which made everywhere you turn a sight to see. We went counterclockwise on the loop which meant we went up Poles. As others have stated, Poles is pretty steep and is definitely a good challenge (make sure you have good sturdy shoes), but once you get up to the top, the walk back down with panoramic views of the Pacific made it well worth it. Highly recommend especially in spring.

SO MANY FLIES. they literally followed me my whole hike, unless I ran, but I can’t run 7 miles straight and wanted to enjoy myself and they bugged the heck out of me. I tuned them out as best I could and enjoyed the little bunnies, Quail, roadrunners and wild flowers on the hike; took my time and walked most of it, took me almost 3 hours. About a mile in on the No Name Trail I saw a Rattle Snake was able to walk around it. Trail was very well marked, steep at times but just small hills that were a nice challenge. Moro canyon trail was closed so I kept going and ended up doing the west AND east cut across/I Think I Can trail. It was a nice challenge. lots of bikes. Lower and Upper creek Moro Campgrounds were are nice to rest and have a snack.

Great views

Hiked this with my family last weekend. It was gorgeous, the flowers were in full bloom and everything and the hills were bright green. We went counter-clockwise and hiked up poles which was steep, but manageable. The overlook of the pacific and surrounding state park was absolutely stunning. If you only have a couple hours and want to explore Crystal Cove State Park, I would highly recommend!

Gorgeous wildflowers as far as the eye can see this spring. Fantastic views of rolling hills and sparkly sea. Definitely feel the hike up the canyon and glorious breeze defending!

no shade
13 days ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful in the morning when the sun is coming up and the bunnies and birds are frolicking. Saw a lot of lizards and a huge rattlesnake on the trail when running it in the heat in the afternoon. A few spots of the road/trail are washed out. If I lived nearby I would run this every week... it’s a great eight miler with enough of an elevation gain to give a little leg burn.

no shade
15 days ago

Nice easy hike. First half going clockwise is mostly dirt road. Several portions water damaged. Second half was a narrow trail with a couple of good climbs. Beautiful flowers from all the rains, great views of the ocean

no shade
16 days ago

Great hike - amazing views. Trail in good condition. Take pictures of the Ocean early in the hike bc when you get higher the view of the water is blocked. I extended the hike to the camp ground - little higher and great views. Little bit of road noise early on but not too bad. I will be back

let me start off by saying this is not 8.5 miles, but closer to 11.5 miles. By the time we got down to the crystal cove parking lot we had already hit 5 miles. The view was great going down especially now that everything is so green. but remember every step you take going down, you must take going back up. that being said if you have weak knees the climb on the way back up will get ya.

Did this trail early on a Saturday morning around 10:50am. Beautiful hike! Definitely a must return again!

20 days ago

Definelty not expecting all the incline. There isn’t a lot of shade either & it is pretty steep.

Definelty not expecting all the incline. There isn’t a lot of shade either & it is pretty steep.

Easy trail half on the beach and half on paved road. Beautiful coast view. I had limited time and did a shorter loop.

Great hike!

Easy terrain. Almost a groomed path. Poles gets steep about 25% grade.

...this was a goodie...beautiful after some rain...poles recommended in some places

hiked this yesterday, we took the east cut because trails in the middle were closed. amazing hike, most of the work is getting up to the ridge. once you're up there, it's just an amazing hike, super beautiful this time of year. lots of mountain bikers and not all of them have the bell on their bikes so you can hear them coming, so be watching for them. we did the 9.5 mile loop. Worth it to see The 73 freeway, Tustin, and parts of Lake Forest. definitely killer on the way back down as you're still going along no name ridge and so will encounter some hills. we had been hiking for several hours so we were pretty tired. the only thing is that there is no one particular "summit" from which you can view everything, during the course of the hike, the views change, from Orance County, to the Pacific to the hills of Laguna Beach. overall one of my favorite hikes.

no shade
27 days ago

Was not expecting the incline to be much of a challenge but boy I was wrong. It was challenging but the views helped take my mind off of that. Definitely would recommend this hike to all. Especially around this time of the year. Make sure to wear that hat y’all and enjoy the beauty!!!!!

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