Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop

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Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and camping and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,354 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

running

beach

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

no dogs

NOTE: As of 2/20/2019 - the park is closed due to flooding and hazardous conditions. Please contact the park before visiting. This is a serious hike with some good elevation gain that follows the perimeter of the park and provides beautiful views over the Pacific and east toward Santiago and Modjeska Peaks. This "grand tour" of Crystal Cove backcountry passes all three backcountry campgrounds and takes you up and down ridges and valleys. It's $15 to park.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

hiking
fee
no shade
12 days ago

Great trail! It’s wide and clear path with steady incline. The view is great and it’s a nice breeze. At the top I love that there’s a community center so you can take a break for snacks and use the restroom. Overall I highly recommend! Some suggestions: bring plenty of snacks and water, there is no shade so sunscreen and a hat, and parking is $15 (you can pay with their app). Check the trail signs at each marker so you don’t get lost. Not sure how it happened but we ended up at the beach instead of the parking lot which was 2.5mi away and had to Uber back since PCH doesn’t have a sidewalk. That wasn’t fun!

hiking
bugs
fee
no shade
13 days ago

Great trail! However not much shade bring lots of water and snacks!

hiking
fee
3 months ago

hiking
fee
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful loop up from the coast to just before the toll road. Cool day, breezy, no bugs and plenty of sunshine. Great hike.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Pretty hike with great ocean views. Bunch of mountain bikers without bells who blow past you. Very dry conditions. Bring water!

Great trail, minimal shade. Bring water!

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I climbed clockwise and completed the hike in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Most of the incline is in the first few miles. Get an early start, as it’s a popular trail with bikers.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

The hike was on a nicely groomed fire break road. There was a nice amount of elevation gain in the first half. We strayed slightly off of the Perimeter Trail Loop in the last 1.5 miles but remained on a nicely groomed trail to return to the parking area. There were many people out hiking, trail running, and mountain biking today.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Great training hike if you are getting used to a new pack or getting into camping.

hiking
no shade
over grown
9 months ago

did this a couple of months ago(beginning of summer) I took rattlesnake trail which was fun and I had to hunch a lot due to lot of tall overgrown grass. Moderate hike and ocean view in the last half mile while descending is absolutely stunning. Spotted a rattlesnake.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

running
10 months ago

Nice little trail, nice way to get away from the traffic and onto some trail without travelling too far. Some nice little rollers to add some elevation. I went early on a Saturday and there were heaps of people out there hiking, trail running, backpacking, mountain biking - so nice to see people making such great use out of the state park! Sadly no views for me because the ocean mist was so dense that morning. I would probably give it 4 stars if there had been views, but without the views it was just very limited vegetation and access-road type trail underfoot for most of it.

hiking
10 months ago

Longest hike I’ve ever done and threw on a 30lb vest too. Shouldve listened to the ranger when he told us what side to start on. The first 1-2mi was all at an incline. Definitely a good 3hr+ workout!

hiking
10 months ago

Runners trail, nothing special.

running
10 months ago

Loved it got here at 630 and parked for free with our Cali Pass great trail running training restrooms at the backpack campgrounds and great settings....will be back!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail, went with a friend to train for our San Jacinto hike. Brough 25lbs packs. Finished in 3hr 13minutes. Weather was perfect on 07/01/19- Started hiking at 5:55pm.

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