Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop

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Crystal Cove Perimeter Loop is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.5 miles 1561 feet Loop




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

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.

41 minutes ago

Great inclines. Beautiful views as you get close to ocean. Restrooms along the way and very clean. Parts of it go flat for a long time. Next time I want to try one of the more challenging trails.

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A good hike if your looking for hills

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5 days ago

Great hike if you're practicing with long distances!

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Gorgeous trail! The weather was breezy, around 67 degrees. I have an off tan now but definitely worth the run. Locals were very friendly! I will be back soon

14 days ago

It can sometimes be confusing to keep track of which trail you're on (even tho there are many maps) as there are a lot of trail forks and different route options. starts out with a big incline and then plateaus for a long time before steep decline. Decent bathroom available at info center. $15 parking fee.
We enjoyed the trail in early April and the wild mustard was incredible. As tall as mature corn stalks! Oh. This trail should NOT be rated "difficult."

21 days ago

Fantastic trail with sittings of beautiful flowers, wildlife, friendly hikers, and an amazing sunset view at the end!! I'd take this hike any day!!

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