El Moro Canyon Loop

Laguna Beach, California

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On this grand, looping tour of the Crystal Cove backcountry you’ll enjoy wide-ranging views from the spine of a prominent ridge along the way up, and admire upper El Moro Canyon’s fine oak woodlands on the way back down. From the ranger station parking lot, take the dirt road leading east (No dogs road) toward a dry, scrub-covered ridge. After you climb a little, and if the morning marine-layer clouds have evaporated, fine views will open up of lower El Moro Canyon.
Afoot & Afield: Orange County

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Afoot & Afield: Orange County

by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris (Wilderness Press)

On this grand, looping tour of the Crystal Cove backcountry you’ll enjoy wide-ranging views from the spine of a prominent ridge along the way up, and admire upper El Moro Canyon’s fine oak woodlands on the way back down.

From the ranger station parking lot, take the dirt road leading east (No dogs road) toward a dry, scrub-covered ridge. After you climb a little, and if the morning marine-layer clouds have evaporated, fine views will open up of lower El Moro Canyon.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Laguna Beach
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Best: October through May
Local Contacts: Crystal Cove State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to El Moro Canyon Loop

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