Crystal Cove Beaches

Corona del Mar, California

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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.
Afoot & Afield: Orange County

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Afoot & Afield: Orange County

by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris (Wilderness Press)

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.

© 2015 Jerry Schad and David Money Harris/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Corona del Mar
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: CCSP
Driving Directions: Directions to Crystal Cove Beaches

Recent Trail Reviews

9/21/2008
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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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May 2018