Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Crystal Cove State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


All trails are closed to the public due to “unsafe conditions” ): We will be back to try this trail soon!

Done and fun! Great socal hike. Desert mountains overlooking the ocean. Good climb too.

Beautiful run, cheapest parking for the beach, as long as you don’t mind an 8 mi walk back to the car

Easy and relaxing loved it

Nice walk with great overviews.

Please see my fb (Byna Mackel Sipos) for pictures.

Nice trail with beautiful sweeping views of the pacific!

Went counterclockwise on the Moro Canyon Loop. Great views!

Relaxed walk. Check the tide so you get there around low tide to take advantage of the tide pools.

Great Hike and views.

Nice Christmas morning hike. Rangers said no dogs allowed but several large piles toward the top so watch out for those. (Hikers with dogs who don't pick up after their pets are just jerks)
Other than that, very well-maintained and well-marked trails. Beautiful scenery at the top
Rangers are friendly and helpful. All in all a very nice hike.

Easy walk with a little bit of ups and downs. Was surprisingly un-crowded on Christmas Eve. There's a $15 parking fee at the trailhead shown here, so bring your state park pass or some money.

Nice walk, though the scenery is a tad monotonous. At the trail junctions, there are helpful little signs to help you get oriented.

Pretty foggy today. Not much to see, but a nice walk. Little bit of ups and downs. Parking fee/entrance fee is $15, so be prepared.

by far the steepest and narrowest trail in crystal cove. great hike

I Actually got my hiking partner and myself lost in these mountains... 12 miles later, feet bloody we made it back.

Great trail with magnificent ocean view but there is no shade at all. There is $15 parking fee when you park Moro Canyon Trail as All Trail shows.
Drive to Crystal Cove Trail to avoid paying fee. It’s free there.

Well travelled. Took Moro ridge up and back. Good starting climb and restrooms at about two and a half miles. Great view coming back!

Good hiking trail for a moderate workout. I was expecting nicer views but not bad.

The scenery is okay, but when you get to the top the views are beautiful. The hike is fairly easy. Well marked and clean trails. You can end the day at the beach with the same day pass.

Nice campsites, clean toilet, great view. A little damp in the morning from coastal dew

Got a little lost and went up through the canyons but overall not too bad. Lots of steep parts. There’s an ocean view only in the beginning or end of the trail depending which end you start at. The rest of the trail is just dried shrubbery.

Expect to pay $15 day parking on the weekend. M-F parking is only $5!

Overall good workout and great weather!

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!

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!

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