El Moro Canyon Short Loop Trail

MODERATE 107 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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beautiful view.

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This was my first time hiking in a while. I found it a little challenging once we reached the steep incline. Had some nice views and the weather was great! Would recommend.

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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.

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3 months ago

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