El Moro Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 433 reviews
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El Moro Canyon Loop Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

A trail that takes you through canyon and up to Moro ridge, with sweeping coastal views. The trail begins and ends at the El Moro Visitor Center. This loop gives you a tour of the El Moro Canyon, then climbs over 800' in elevation to the ridge line, where you'll enjoy some of the best coastline views in the park. Parking Fee: $15

camping
12 days ago

Did this as an overnight hike camping at Lower Moro Campground which is a short hike up the ridge trail from this loop. Started at 3:00pm and got to the campground just after 4:00pm. Enjoyed the views and enjoyed the sunset from our campsite. In the morning we hike down into the canyon to complete the loop. Great hike and given the time(s) we did it we did it the right direction. Camping costs an extra $10 on top of the $15 parking fee. Apparently it can be reserved but the spots at the campground are first come first served. Great place to camp out while close to home in the OC.

backpacking
12 days ago

Did this as an overnight hike camping at Lower Moro Campground which is a short hike up the ridge trail from this loop. Started at 3:00pm and got to the campground just after 4:00pm. Enjoyed the views and enjoyed the sunset from our campsite. In the morning we hike down into the canyon to complete the loop. Great hike and given the time(s) we did it we did it the right direction. Camping costs an extra $10 on top of the $15 parking fee. Apparently it can be reserved but the spots at the campground are first come first served. Great place to camp out while close to home in the OC.

hiking
13 days ago

There are actually several trails to choose from. Starting with 1 mile easy to 9 mile strenuous, and moderate options in between. A map at ranger station shows all the options and distances.
Parking is $15 for a day pass. No other costs to use the trails. There are bicyclists using the trails too so keep a watchful eye for the cyclists coming downhill.
Most of the trails are dirt roads. A few sections are single track. Nothing is technically challenging. Just lots of uphill and downhill hiking.
Very nice views of the ocean and coastal environment in natural state.
Recommend for the variety of hikes you can take from this one starting point and for the coastal views.

20 days ago

Nice hike. Go clockwise for the best views. $15 parking fee.

22 days ago

Beautiful views of the Pacific Coast Amazing

27 days ago

not the best scenery in Oct./Nov. but. looking forward to seeing it in Spring. Did abot 10,000 steps and 40 flights of stairs--according to my fitnesstracker. moderate trail good for the legs and buns.

hiking
29 days ago

It was a nice easy trail with some spectacular views of the water. I imagine in the spring the whole trail would be gorgeous.

1 month ago

It was a pretty good workout but not to strenuous.

1 month ago

nice!

1 month ago

Super love this trail!

1 month ago

First 1/3 of loop is super flat and easy, second 1/3 is fairly steep and the last 1/3 is flat on the ridge and then a moderately steep descent. Lots of great vistas. Trail is almost completely without shade.

1 month ago

Easy hike. Pretty view of the coast. Since you have to pay $15 I'd suggest going in the morning and hanging out at the beach after.

hiking
1 month ago

really nice and friendly..just bring some water on hot days.

2 months ago

a nice loop trail

hiking
2 months ago

state park parking fee $15 .open until sunset must get back before 7:30pm otherwise your car will be ticketed

3 months ago

East cut off will work you! great trail.

trail running
3 months ago

LUV this place!

trail running
4 months ago

Gorgeous views on a clear day. Per usual in SoCal...it gets hot, so go early when it's a bit cooler and not as crowded with tourists.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views of the Pacific Ocean.

5 months ago

Nice pump to get started, great views.

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