My brother, a friend and I chose this trail for a nice 2 hour morning hike to get our day stated off right. It seemed like a very simple park trail so I didn’t bring a topo – only the map from the trail guide that came in the trails.com download. We arrived around 8:30, paid our parking fee, picked up the free trail map, and set off. It was a foggy morning and the trail immediately twisted up out of the fog and gave us a strange feeling that we were at 10,000 feet, not 1,000. It was late summer so most of the foliage had surrendered their blooms to the heat and sun. There were, however, some beautiful trees along the canyon bottom and with the fog hugging the ground, it created a surreal environment. When we exited the canyon and climbed up the ‘elevator’ trail to make our loop and head back along El Morro ridge to the trail head, we encountered a problem. It appears there are three parks that back up to each other and all have their own trails that split off the main road at the NE end of Crystal Cove State Park. This made it almost impossible to interpret the crude park map which made no mention of these other park or their trails. In addition, the map from the trails.com guide doesn’t extend that far into the park. Anyway, we invariably took a wrong turn and ended up circling back along the wrong ridge and our two hour hike became five. We also encountered two other lost groups who were trying to interpret the crudely drawn park map. I’m not complaining, however, our 5 hours were filled with great views and fabulous weather. I definitely recommend this trail; however, the next time I will bring a topo map so I can enjoy the trails of all three parks together.