El Moro Canyon to Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. It features 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness and an offshore underwater area.
The park also features the federally listed Historic District, an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek.

In the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Beach you will find a network of trails, some with an ocean view, winding through the hills.

The trail that takes you through canyon and up to Moro ridge, with sweeping coastal views. This loop gives you a tour of the El Moro Canyon, then climbs over 800′ in elevation to the ridge line, where you’ll enjoy some of the best coastline views in the park.


  • Near: Laguna, CA
  • Distance: 9 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1000 ft
  • Hike Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Trail Condition: mostly well maintained trail
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: Yes

Getting to the trail head:
From Los Angeles – Hwy 405 (south) to Hwy 73 (south) to Newport Coast Dr. (right) to Ridge Park Rd. (left) to end of road to trail head.

Google Map Link

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Trail Detail


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