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Crystal Cove Hike / Morro Ridge

Come hike with us in Laguna Coast's most scenic hiking areas - offering beautiful scenery coupled with a cool ocean breeze, a variety of colorful wildflowers, and of course, you can’t beat the great company of your fellow Good-lifers.

Location: We will start at the Ridge Park Trailhead (pictured below) bordering the edge of the 73 toll road at the very end of Ridge Park Road.

Coastal Peak Park is adjacent to the trailhead and is part of an affluent residential area of Newport Coast.

There is plenty of free parking on the street next to the park and next to the trailhead cul-de-sac, and full restroom facilities in the park within a few steps of the trail head.

About the Hike: The hike will be approximately 6 miles and take us roughly 2 1/2 hours to complete. I am classifying the difficulty level of this hike to be intermediate due to the distance; however most of the trail is a gradual incline or decline with only a couple of short sections that are steeper.  The entire route of the trail is double wide giving us plenty of room to spread out and chat along the way.  The trail is a dirt base with a few sections of loose rock, so sturdy shoes with good traction is recommended.

This is an "out and back" hike, meaning we will be following the same trail on our return (this also makes it easy for hikers that don't want to go the entire distance to turn around at any point and find their way back).

Our destination is the Lower Morro Campground, offering plush seating (well, picnic tables), full service restrooms (ok, more of an outhouse), and a beautiful view of the Laguna coastline and Catalina Island (this is no exaggeration - the view is truly stunning!).

We will be moving at an average walking pace, taking rest breaks along the way.

This is intended to be a fitness hike, but to also afford us the time to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

If you have never hiked before and are relatively inactive, you may find this to be a challenge.  As with any physical activity there are risks so please know your limitations as you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

Your organizer has a lot of experience hiking Crystal Cove State Park but is not a professional hiker, nor skilled in emergency first aid. In fact, if stranded on a deserted island he is likely the one that you would vote to trade to the locals for water and a stock of bananas.

Recommended Items:

- Water

- Sunscreen

- Hat

- Appropriate shoes

- A light snack or energy bar

The weather is projected to be warm and sunny on this day and I am expecting conditions to be ideal.  Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for organizing this hike Michael! It was way too hot and in the last half hour, I thought I was going to die and would need to be taken by ambulance, but the self-talk helped. LOL! I had no idea that this ended up being so much more than the original planned 6 miles. I got a massage when I got back and it helped me move and especially walk. :-) Thanks again!

    March 7, 2013

  • Bob O.

    Thanks for hosting this one, Michael! Much better views than when we were there after Thanksgiving. Next time, more sunscreen, I got baked!

    March 3, 2013

    • Michael

      Ouch...sorry to hear Bob - being a fair skin brother, I feel for ya

      March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for letting this beginner hiker tag along. I didn't make it all the way but thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and the view. Thanks Michael for organizing this!

    2 · March 2, 2013

  • Michael

    You all were an awesome group - really made my weekend sharing this day with you, thank you! Our total distance was 6.63 miles over 2h 39m. Total elevation gain across the hike aggregated to 1226 ft (if you trust the sensors in my phone) ;)

    I will post the pictures by the end of the day. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend....thank you again!

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Breeb714

    great hike, thanks for organizing it

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Andy A.

    Good day for a hike good people and good weather.

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Rick G

    Great weather, great turnout nice pace.

    2 · March 2, 2013

  • Saeed

    I will be 7mins late

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town this weekend but looking forward to the next one.

    February 25, 2013

    • Michael

      Sorry to miss you, Kirk. I'll have another in a week or two if this weather remains this incredible...

      March 1, 2013

    • David S.

      Can't jog anymore bad knee. I put an email out on facebook looking for folks who want to hike in the 9-11 miles.

      March 2, 2013

  • David S.

    Yes finally a longer hike!!

    February 26, 2013

    • Michael

      Okay, David, we all expect to see you jogging this entire route ;-)

      March 1, 2013

  • Mary

    Oh darn!! it was good seeing you at the Oscar party and thanks for coordinating this hike, but I will be out of town this weekend.

    February 26, 2013

    • Michael

      Mary - good seeing you too, that Oscar party was fun! Sorry to miss you this time.

      March 1, 2013

  • Greg

    If I can wake up.

    February 26, 2013

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