El Moro Canyon to Moro Ridge Loop

MODERATE 36 reviews
#7 of 28 trails in

El Moro Canyon to Moro Ridge Loop is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Emerald Bay, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

13 days ago

We live local and access this trail a couple of times a week. It is comprised of both narrow and wide trails. On weekends you will encounter a significant amount of hikers and bicyclists, and parking is limited. Along the trail you will see multiple types of shrubs, weeds, and cacti.The hike climbing back down to the lower parking lot and from Moro Ridge is the most beautiful. You have sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean , and on a clear day you can see as far north as Palos Verdes, San Clemente Island to the West. Along the trails you will encounter numerous birds, rabbits, and occasionally snakes ( rattler, king, and gopher ). If you have an entire day, bring a cooler and your lawn chairs, and after the hike you can access the beach through the pedestrian tunnel. This beach is rarely busy (due to limited parking) and is unparalleled in beauty. If you still have energy though, you can meander north on the sand for about a mile to the Beachcomber Restaurant. Fresh food and libations. I would recommend the Pim Cup.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing view of the beach and cute art works when you enter the tunnel at the beginning of trail. Prepare yourself for a lot of inclines. Definitely worth the hike, though!

hiking
7 months ago

Always a favorite!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike. Clean path. Take a swim at the beach after your hike.
Will do it again.

11 months ago

7/3/17. Did Moro Canyon to East cut across to Moro Ridge. Trail starts low and slow. Cut across provides all elevation. WOW at top. Worth the hike! 5 miles. Great trail. Can do it in sneakers.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Will be back to hike this trail again. There were a lot of mountain bikers on the trail also. The view and the ocean breeze from the trail was amazing

trail running
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful view of Laguna Coast. Inland trail views are expansive and well worth the effort.

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