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!

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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.

finished in 2 hrs and 27 minutes.

This should be rated hard absolute asswhooping but a good hike!

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bugs
no shade
8 days ago

Nice trail with great ocean and mountain views. Moderate traffic with hikers and bikers. Start early to beat the heat and traffic, park opens at 6 am. There is a $15 parking fee if you park inside the Crystal Cove Ranger station, you can park on the PCH and walk to the park if you don't want to pay the fee. It was a moderate hike but Moro Ridge and Poles section were a bit tough.

Good for mileage training but kinda boring you can barely see the ocean at the end.

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bugs
14 days ago

Beautiful views, but that incline in the heat is not fun. Good for cardio! Parking fee is $15.

hiking
16 days ago

Does anyone know what time the parking lot opens. Wanted to be there by 7:00 am

Best to hike or bike this area during the week if your schedule allows. WAY too many speeding mountain bikers on the weekend. Beware of snakes!! I saw a huge rattler just off the trail yesterday.

Many birds, butterflies, and interesting plants but not much shade.

Crystal Cove is a pretty cool area, but unfortunately for hikers, it's much more of a mountain biking area (IMHO). Most of the trails are fire roads and very little of my 12 miles was on any significant single track. The scenary is really pretty and the weather is great for summer hiking (or year round for that matter), but wide, flat fire roads definitely detract from what this place has the potential to be. After 12 miles I feel my conclusion is pretty accurate, but I could be wrong. For this hike specifically, it was a good training hike with some decent descents and ascents. Nothing technical at all. Most of the hike was totally exposed so bring sunscreen or long sleeves, pants, and a hat. 1 liter of water was all I needed and I was moving at a good pace. I will return to the Crystal Cove trails at least 1 more time in the future to find more single track or secluded trails. Otherwise I would just recommend this area for mountain biking and trail running.

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19 days ago

Super easy hike. Began at sunrise, had the trail pretty much to myself. No gravel or boulders on trail to navigate over or through. Trails not that well marked so knowing the canyon is helpful. Loads of areas for running. Super bloom definitely dying back. Parking is free by trail head.

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no shade
20 days ago

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bugs
20 days ago

This trail is great. Plenty of spots to rest in shade. I started this hike around 9am and finished by 11 before the sun got too hot. Breezy at the top. I recommend doing it backwards, starting on Moro ridge then ending with bfi trail. The incline is slower and then once you’re at the top, you’re rewarded with beautiful ocean views on your way down the mountain. So fun!!

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bugs
no shade
21 days ago

hiking
no shade
21 days ago

A nice quick little hike on Sunday, July 28th. We got to the trail head around 830, the weather was cloudy & 70 ish so it was perfect. We opted to take the right side of the loop first, which was pretty brutal in the beginning 1.5-2 miles & the ocean views were behind us. Most of the uphill was in the beginning of the loop, so the rest was downhill with super green, hilly views. Finished in about 2 hours. Overall, it was a really well kept trail with beautiful views all around. We are definitely coming back to take the trail the opposite way!

Moderately challenging hike with great ocean and canyon views which make it all worth while.

Great trail. Somewhat busy, went on a Saturday at 10am so what else did we expect. Very good trail though, hill-y but enjoyable and OH THE VIEW

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no shade
29 days ago

This is a heavily trafficked, well worn trail with rewarding ocean views on the back half. Quick, easy, lovey Saturday hike!

decent easy trail not a lot to see until you get to the ridge, however note the variety of vegetation which is really cool on the trail

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no shade
1 month ago

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bridge out
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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