El Moro Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 583 reviews
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El Moro Canyon Loop Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

partially paved

views

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

hiking
1 day ago

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

15 days ago

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

21 days ago

Nice walk with great overviews.

21 days ago

Nice trail with beautiful sweeping views of the pacific!

26 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

camping
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Great 2ish hour hike! Incline is a bit steep otw up but the views are definitely pretty! No shade so wear a hat!

2 months ago

Great ride on Sunday afternoon when hikers are done.

hiking
3 months ago

Great view.

3 months ago

Nice trails, beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is nice, Maintained with a fantastic view.

hiking
3 months ago

Had a great time. Amazing ocean views.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail down to shoreline, over to the Beachcomber and back. 10.5 Miles. Beautiful views.

walking
3 months ago

Nice walk

3 months ago

Nice trails. Great views.

4 months ago

Amazing views

hiking
4 months ago

It was amazing view! We loved this trail and will come back for the ocean view for sure! We hiked 6.2 miles for 2 hours!! Early morning is recommended as there is not much shade or canopy.

4 months ago

Great workout, watch out for flies on the uphill climb. Views are pretty sweet.

hiking
4 months ago

I love this hike for the following reasons:
1. It close to home - anywhere in south LA County or Orange County.
2. It is near the beach, so great views and bonus of spending part of the day on the beach after the hike.
3. Trails offer a variety so you can get the work-out you desire: short, long or difficult.
4. Choice of 4 campsites if you want to stay overnight.

5 months ago

Beautiful Mother’s day hike

5 months ago

Great hike, not too difficult. Only one uphill stretch otherwise very straightforward.

hiking
5 months ago

no shade. nice view of the ocean.

hiking
5 months ago

Great moderate hike, some of the inclines are a bit challenging but totally worth the views at the top. We took this counter clockwise and would definitely recommend doing the same so that you are rewarded with the breathtaking views at the end! Loved this hike and will be back for more in Crystal Cove!

5 months ago

Nice trail, has only one strenuous-ish ascend, the rest is pretty much easy/moderate. Saw a pack of coyotes who were scared off once we approached, lots of bunnies and birds. There were beautiful mountain views at the top and right before the descend (we went clock wise). Parking is $15 for the whole day but there’s a sunset rate from 5pm till sunset which is only $5. Saw a tow truck on the way back right before sunset, I guess they do enforce their parking policy. Definitely recommend and will come back.

6 months ago

We went to this trail at one of the hottest days in this summer. It is not an easy hike in the hot weather plus an exposed trail. However, an occasional ocean breeze is pleasant. We finished the 5 Miles within 2 hours! A nice Sunday work out!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views of the ocean...beautiful 2 hour hike

6 months ago

Amazing place

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