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9.7 mile 15.6 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,081' 330 m
Descent: -1,081' -330 m
High: 1,011' 308 m
Low: 49' 15 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A gorgeous loop route with coastal/ocean views down into the canyon and back up and out.

Zander Göpfert

Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Relatively flat for the first mile or so, there is a large park near the trailhead (Coastal Peak Park).

Dogs are not permitted in the backcountry. Camping is by reservation only. Open sunrise to sunset, check parking hours as they can be different according to where you park.

Overview

This loop makes for a terrific introductory excursion at Crystal Cove State Park. There is a great network of well-maintained paths and a few singletrack trails, too. Though long, this hike samples everything Crystal Cove has to offer while starting above the park with beautiful ocean views, dropping into the canyon, and turning back just above the PCH.

If the length of this hike is too much, use the West Cut Across or Poles Trail to shorten the route by almost 3.5 miles or explore the map and find your own adventure!

Description

From the trailhead at the top of Ridge Park Rd., start out on the Bommer Ridge Road following along the freeway. After just under a mile, look for the Red Tail Ridge trail heading to the right (south). Turn right briefly before heading left onto the only singletrack section of this hike, Fenceline.

Follow Fenceline along the ridge before arriving back at an intersection with the Moro Canyon Trail. Keep heading south, toward the ocean, and continue onto Slow 'N Easy. Thus begins your descent into the canyon along the ridgeline. This doubletrack will bend to the east (left) and continue for a half mile until it reaches the Moro Canyon Trail once again. Turn right onto the Moro Canyon Trail.

Continue along the canyon floor, winding between the hills on either side for 2.5 miles, until you come to an intersection with the Poles Trail and West Cut Across. For a shorter route, head on West Cut Across for a ~three-mile return trip to No Name Ridge and the No Name Ridge Access Trail.

For this hike, continue south on the Moro Canyon Trail for another 1.5 miles, reaching the low point of the route, just 50' above sea level. The trail will bend to the right (west), skirting a parking area and campground before arriving at the Crystal Cove State Park - El Moro Canyon Visitor Center.

From the visitor center, start your ~3.7-mile return journey up the west ridges of the park. Head north, starting on the No Dogs Trail. This will link up with the No Name Ridge trail, where Poles Trail also joins in. Continue the climb, up past West Cut Across to the No Name Ridge Access Trail, back to your vehicle.

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Jul 13, 2019
Zach S
Jun 10, 2019
Jeremiah Dugan
Jun 9, 2019
Michael Snowdon
Apr 21, 2019
Rob Luskey
10mi — 3h 19m
Apr 21, 2019
Teresa White
Hiked Western portion from trailhead down to Crystal Cove and back 5mi
Apr 3, 2019
Isaiah McKinney
Beautiful grassy hills. Ocean views. Steep hills. Lots of flowers. 9.7mi
Jan 26, 2019
Teresa White
9.7 miles less ~ 3 using West Cut Across which is a steep 0.6 miles uphill! 6.5mi
Jan 10, 2019
Jill Adams

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