More than 19,000 acres of coastal wilderness, parks, open space and marine preserves surround Laguna. Walking, cycling, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and bird watching are some of the great activities found in Southern California. When you are planning where to visit on your next vacation, make sure to check out all the interesting things to do in Southern California. One of visitors’ favorite things to do in the Laguna Beach area is hike. The best place to wander through is Crystal Cove State Park. Plus, Select Registry has a beautiful property in the area to make your trip extra special. Here are a few of our top picked Crystal Cove hiking trails.
The rolling surf, white sandy beaches, tide pools, smoothly sloping hills, and deeply wooded canyons and ridges of the Crystal Cove State Park provides a pleasant change to its urban surroundings. The Crystal Cove State Park is located off busy Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of undeveloped space and beautiful natural coastline, making Crystal Cove hiking adventures as picturesque as a postcard. With 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness, outdoor enthusiasts will delight over Crystal Cove hiking. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers and visitors can explore tide pools and sandy coves.
The Crystal Cove State Park Backcountry Wilderness area offers you 17-miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness. For those wishing to camp along the way, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in a canyon and two at the higher elevations. Offering beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations, and the blue Pacific Ocean, the higher trails are amazing to hike. The lower trails allow hikers to explore the area through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you explore the high trails or the low Crystal Cove hiking trails, you are sure to have an unforgettable time.
The easiest trail the park has to offer begins at the Ranger Station and winds its way through the area for 3-miles. A beautiful Crystal Cove hiking trail to trek in the early morning! The Moderate Loop Trail is 2.85-miles long but slightly more strenuous than the easy path. You will see the Moro Canyon on this fun trail!
For more trying Crystal Cove hiking, try the Difficult Loop Trail, which takes you along the beautiful Moro Canyon. 5-miles in distance, make sure to give yourself at least 2 hours to complete the difficult trail. Those looking for a true challenge should take on the Strenuous Loop Trial. This 9-mile trail is the best way to experience the whole backcountry. Make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for the adventure! Click here to view the park’s trail map.
During your adventures on these Crystal Cove hiking trails, be sure to stay at a Select Registry Inn. The Casa Laguna Inn & Spa Bed and Breakfast is housed in a mission-style building and features lush green gardens. The towering palms frame expansive views of the blue Pacific Ocean and Catalina sunsets. This secluded paradise is the perfect place to come back to after a day on the trails.
Photo courtesy Tracie Hall.