El Moro Canyon Loop Trail

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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

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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

hiking
2 days ago

Did this Loop today with my 18 year old daughter and 12 year old son and I enjoyed it. My son struggled on a few of the inclines, but he was able to make it and felt good afterwards. We started north up El Moro Canyon and went clockwise. The ridge line at the top before descending had stunning views of the ocean about an hour before set. Not much shade like most of the other trails in Crystal Cove so bring sunscreen, hats and lots of water.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

A’lot of sun, wear a hat if possible! Good hike with great views of the Pacific on the way down .

hiking
9 days ago

Good trail. This was my first one, so it was interesting. Not a lot to see, except for the ocean once you get to the top! I will definitely do this one again, just early morning though, as it gets pretty hot out there since there isn’t too much coverage with trees, etc.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful on the Ridge

18 days ago

Great winter run. Probably brutal during summer heat. Some fantastic views of the canyon and LAGUNA and of course the pacific.

hiking
19 days ago

Great sunset hike, we went about 2 hours before scheduled sunset and it worked perfectly. Beautiful Pacific Ocean sunset.

hiking
20 days ago

camping
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Beautiful views of the Pacific Coast Amazing

1 month 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

It was a pretty good workout but not to strenuous.

2 months ago

nice!

2 months ago

Super love this trail!

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

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