Moro Ridge Road

Crystal Cove State Park, California
Elevation Gain933ft
Trailhead Elevation728ft
Elevation Min/Max286/979ft
Elevation Start/End728/722ft

Moro Ridge Road

Moro Ridge Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Crystal Cove State Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 728 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 933 feet.
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Huntington, CA
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This is the ride that is stopping me from riding for a week and allowed me to catch up on my trail reports. I was anxious to ride after work and hit the trail at 6 PM. I tried a slight variation and took the South Connector singletrack to Moro Ridge. Except for some trail hogs it was really cool and I almost cleaned the uphill. Watch those dirt fill ruts as you'll spin your rear tire and lose traction. The uphill on Moro Ridge at this point is very steep and only fun for those in excellent shape. I passed the "hogs" at the East Cut-Across junction and just kept pushing myself all the way to Deer Canyon without any breaks. When you launch into Deer Canyon there are som inital large ruts on the downhill. I planted my tire right into one of those and wnet down hard, scraping a lot of skin off of my lower right leg and bruisng it pretty well. I still had 3 miles to go and the rest of it is a lot of fun with some challenging (impossible?) hill climbs. I managed to crank through all of this and washed out my wounds at the parking lot. Three days later I still cannot ride until this "wound" scabs over. I highly recommend this loop as an alternate to Rattlesnake. Total miles 9.12, avg spd 8.5 mph, max spd 36.9 mph, peddling time 1:04:01 and my odometer now sits at 1397 miles accumulated since June 2000.

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John McKinney
"Former Irvine Ranch roads now form a network of hiking trails that loop through the state park. An especially nice trail travels the length of Moro Canyon, the main watershed of the park. An oak woodland, a seasonal stream and sandstone caves are some of the attractions of a walk through this canyon. Birdwatchers may spot the roadrunner, quail, Cooper’s hawk, California thrasher, wrentit and many more species. After exploring inland portions of the state park, allow some time to visit the park’s coastline, highlighted by grassy bluffs, sandy beaches, tidepools and coves. The Pelican Point, Crystal Cove, Reef Point and Moro Beach areas of the park allow easy beach access."

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Crystal Cove State Park
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