Explore the most popular trails near Emerald Bay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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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.

Wow, we had a very nice hike today in the misty rain.

This is a very good training run if you are looking for elevation gain and beautiful scenery. Can’t wait to run this again!

Many inclines but worth the hike. Great cardio workout!

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!

Major inclines make for a great workout. Beautiful ocean and mountain views. I enjoy hiking in a bit more solitude and the 1st half is heavily populated, you walk along the 73 freeway for a bit and share with mountain bikers, which can be a bit scary on the more narrow sections. Definitely felt accomplished when we finished!

Beautiful scenic views and intense incline.

The inclines are rough. Took my kids and they could have been helpful if they had some hiking sticks.

Always a favorite!

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

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

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

Great hike. Lots of up and down hills. Started to rain on us and it was perfect. Some of the trail is mildly overgrown which makes for exciting bushwhacking. Bring a fair amount of water. If done on a hot day I would bring about 2 liters or more.

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