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Jun 04 2015
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Cove State ParkOrange, CA
Orange, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2015
ddgrunning
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   3.16 mph
200 ft AEG
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morning hike up Moro Canyon and back
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Jun 03 2015
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Cove State ParkOrange, CA
Orange, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2015
ddgrunning
Hiking5.92 Miles 831 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles      59 Mns   6.02 mph
831 ft AEG
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Trail run up B.F.I.; Moro Ridge; East Cut Across; and Moro Canyon
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Jun 02 2015
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Cove State ParkOrange, CA
Orange, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2015
ddgrunning
Hiking3.32 Miles 509 AEG
Hiking3.32 Miles      59 Mns   3.38 mph
509 ft AEG
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Loop Hike up No Dogs Trail to Poles Trail to Moro Canyon trail
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Jun 01 2015
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Cove State ParkOrange, CA
Orange, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2015
ddgrunning
Hiking2.41 Miles 338 AEG
Hiking2.41 Miles
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Full moon hike from the campground up the B.F.I. trail and partially up the Moro Ridgeline; then down to the beach.
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Mar 29 2014
Stoic
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43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Crystal Cove State Park, CA 
Crystal Cove State Park, CA
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2014
Stoic
Hiking10.78 Miles 2,282 AEG
Hiking10.78 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   3.78 mph
2,282 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I started my hike at the Coastal Peak Park(33.603892,-117.802225.) I hiked to the Bommer Ridge Road trail. This trail is part of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. I took this trail 1.8 miles to the Moro Ridge Trail(Gate 5). I then hiked to the East Ridge Spur Trail to the end, and back to to the Moro Ridge Trail. The end of the Moro Ridge trail, you loose around 600 feet rather quickly. I then took the BFI connecting trail to the Moro Canyon TH. At this point Im loosing light quickly. I then pick out the shortest way back to the car. I take Moro Canyon to the West Cut Across Trail, to No Name Ridge, to the No Name Spur trail. The No Name Ridge and No Name spur are the same trail. They change the name as you leave the park boundary.
I did jog/run parts of this trip. I knew I was going to run out of daylight, and I wanted to make up some time. You do get some great views of the ocean on these trails. I had an area I wanted to be in, to watch the sunset. To bad it was over cast that night. No real sunset!.
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Crystal Cove State Park
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Jul 03 2009
azdesertfather
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45 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Crystal Cove State ParkOrange, CA
Orange, CA
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azdesertfather
Hiking1.00 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
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A little bit of hiking along the beach there; never made it to the official trails. Maybe next time...
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Apr 05 2009
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Crystal Cove State ParkOrange, CA
Orange, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2009
chumley
Hiking5.75 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.14 mph
750 ft AEG
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While visiting a friend in Southern California over the weekend, we decided to follow up a Saturday night LA Galaxy game with a Sunday hike. The original plan was to try to bag Mt. San Antonio, a 10,000 foot peak in the San Gabriel mountains (and the highest point in LA County). Unfortunately, a storm dumped a foot of snow above 7,000 feet, and we weren't prepared for that kind of hike ... so the beach sounded like a great alternative on this 75-degree day!

After a quick search, we settled on Crystal Cove State Park between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. I was a little bit peeved at the $10 fee, but the beauty of the place and the rarity of my hikes along the ocean made it well worth it.
We settled on a moderate 5-mile loop, and hiked it backward from the "recommended" counter-clockwise trail description presented at the visitor's center.

We started up the ironically named "No Name Ridge Trail" which is also referred to as the No Dog Trail. This is also ironic since the park's website says that dogs are not allowed anywhere in the park, not just this trail!

Anyway, the trail climbs up a ridge on an old dirt road that is very well maintained and easy on the feet. Hiking north, the views of the San Joaquin Hills looked lush and green at this time of year. Down to the right the view into Moro Canyon and one possible route to complete the loop back toward the beach.

After ¾ mile and a climb of about 500 vertical feet, we headed down into the canyon via the Pole Trail, a ½ mile, trail that follows a single power line straight down a road that is occasionally so steep, it would really have helped to have hiking poles. A 4-foot gopher snake slithered across the trail during our descent, the only snake of the day.

From the canyon, we headed up toward the opposite ridge on the nearly 2-mile long Crosscut trail. This old road climbs at a slower grade over a longer distance to an elevation over 750 feet. As we climbed, the Pacific came into view again and the breezes picked up a bit.

At the crest of the ridge, we turned right and began the return portion of the hike on the Moro Ridge Trail. This 2 mile portion was the highlight of my day. Hiking along the top of a flat ridge with the Pacific in my sights and the breeze in the air was exactly what I was hoping to experience.

The ridge is densely covered with short shrubbery growing to 3-4 feet high, leaving an unobstructed 360-degree view. After about a mile of hiking on the ridge, the trail leads down the crest of the ridge toward the PCH. At this point, the hike becomes a little less remote as you are exposed to some traffic on the highway below, and rewarded with views of some of the gaudy homes that litter the coast of Laguna Beach.

The ridge trail dives down a very steep final section, a portion of which is actually a paved remnant of the former road, and another portion of single-track. It ends back at the canyon trail, and there's another half mile of very uninteresting trail that leads back to the trailhead parking area.

All in all, if you're in Southern California and are looking to get out and hike for a couple of hours or the better part of a day, this is a great option with some rewarding views.
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Nov 10 2008
AZHikr4444
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49 male
 Joined Mar 16 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Crystal Cove State ParkOrange, CA
Orange, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2008
AZHikr4444
Hiking5.75 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles
750 ft AEG
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Hey, I've been here a few times! Not sure of the exact dates- but it was last fall I'm fairly sure. I'll try to post some pics...
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