El Moro Canyon Short Loop Trail

MODERATE 90 reviews
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El Moro Canyon Short Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Ocean views, insulated canyon, coast chaparral, wildflowers, and grasslands. Rapacious development comes up to the very fringes of this natural area, but dip into El Moro Canyon and you will find near solitude. The hike is best in the spring when wildflowers are in full bloom. This is open, mostly treeless country, so a hat and sun screen are a must. Bring your own water. You can take the loop either clockwise or counter-clockwise. If you travel counter clockwise the gentler "West Cut Across" is a better choice for the trip up the hill than the Poles trail. Those who go the other way can save about a mile by entering El Moro Canyon via the Poles Trail.

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21 hours ago

Starts off a nice walk then gets really steep. Overall a nice short hike. $15 to park. Same Parking for the hike and beach access.

hiking
25 days ago

Fun trail for family hike. Poles Trail section a little steep for the little people but hey it's all good.

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1 month ago

Nice wide smooth dirt trails, with some decent hills. $15 all day or $5/hr parking. Multiple trail options.

hiking
1 month ago

Really great hike! Beautiful view of the ocean at some points. There are a lot of options to make the trail longer or more difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was beautiful, with great views of the ocean, and safe paths to follow, with plenty of guide posts for the beginning hikers and all others.

I would definitely come here again!

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4 months ago

hello everybody the hike was great ! View at sunset time was amazing. Be ready to go up seriously the first mile. after that, getting to the view of the mountains on the other side was relaxing and free of car noise :) what a pleasure !
I recommand the hike followed by a beach time to cool off.
the only issue about that hike is the 15 dollars daily parking price but I definitively would do again

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for novice hikers. We were lucky to have an amazing sunny and 75 degree day on Thanksgiving when we hiked this trail. Great ocean views and plenty of trails to choose from as you traverse into the canyon. Day parking is $15 and good for all state parks. Head across the street to the Crystal Cove bluffs (parking covered with your day pass) and walk up and down the beach after your hike. I'll be back for the longer trails soon.

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7 months ago

Very dry, not much too see until you reach an ocean view. Nevertheless a good hike, not crowded and right smack next to the ocean.