Crystal Cove Beaches

Corona del Mar, California 92625

Crystal Cove Beaches

Crystal Cove Beaches Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Come early in the morning, or anytime on a cold or rainy day, and you may have the beach all to yourself. The bluff tops represent the first (other than the one being cut now at beach level) of several successively higher and older marine terraces extending back into the interior San Joaquin Hills.

Stay on the designated paths so as not to trample the sage scrub plant and wildlife community that has been reestablished here. There are three separate entrances to the bluff-and-beach section of Crystal Cove State Park: Pelican Point, Los Trancos, and Reef Point. All three are clearly marked with large brown signs posted on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Between the Pacific Coast Highway and the wide blue Pacific, and between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, lie the beautiful blufftops of Crystal Cove State Park. A paved, multi-use path extends along most of the 3.2-mile length of the bluffs. (This is the rare bike path used by far more pedestrians than cyclists, most of whom opt for traveling the bike lane alongside PCH.) Eight connector trails— dirt and paved ones as well as a boardwalk—invite the hiker to leave the main route and explore tide pools, rocky coves and sand strands and check such intriguingly named topography as Pelican Point and Little Treasure Cove. Be sure to detour from Bluff Trail through Los Trancos Canyon to the Crystal Cove Historical District. The funky wood-frame beach houses are in marked contrast to Newport Coast, the upscale community of luxury villas and custom homes arising on the inland side of the highway." Read more
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"From the Pacific Coast Highway, the park has three blufftop parking lots and eight accesses to the beach. Trails cross the bluffs the entire length of the park and lead down to the scalloped coastline and pocket beaches. This hike explores the cliff-sheltered sandy beach with rocky coves, tidepools, reefs. There are a variety of bluff-to-beach loops that range in length from a half mile to six miles. The beach is a premier destination for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and diving. Farther down the coast, the parkland spreads inland along the sides of Moro Canyon and up rugged coastal ridges." Read more

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Great views, Great history, not to busy.
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This is a great trail if you like a quick X country or a light hike. The general rules of engagement are sun up to sun down. You have to pay $10.00 to park in the lot. No Name Ridge is a good ride and you get a great view of the ocean. I mean a really great view. There isn't a lot of cover, so bring plent of sunscreen.

Just don't do what I did and get off of the trail. I ended up on the south side of the ridge trail running on a bobcat path in the middle of the canyon just before dusk. Then I scaled a steep hill side and ended up behind high-end homes. I barely made it back before sunset.

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Trail Information

Corona del Mar
Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1-3 hours
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Dec 2018