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New Meetup: Crystal Cove State Park/Beach, Orange County

From: Anne K.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 11:52 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Wild Wild West Hardcore Slowpoke River Canyon Hikers!

What: Crystal Cove State Park/Beach, Orange County

When: September 26,[masked]:00 AM

Parking area next to Crystal Cove
PCH at Cameo Shores Dr.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Due to the fires, this hike will be the only one that isn't HARDCORE, isn't along a RIVER and isn't in a CANYON!!!!! It will still be FUN, though!! We will go at the usual SLOWPOKE pace!

This is an ALL DAY event (maybe 8 hours??? I'm not sure since I haven't done this one in a long time). The majority of the hike will be ON the beach, part of it up on the bluffs. We will start at the north end of Crystal Cove State Park, on the beach. We will hike to the south end of Crystal Cove, pass Emerald Bay, and go to Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach. About 8.5 miles round trip. There are cool tide pools to see if the tide is low enough (I've seen sea urchins, starfish, and other interesting critters there). There are old historic bungalow cottages on the beach and up on the bluffs that have been restored. There is also a museum and refreshment stands. A local Newport Beach resident who knows the area will be joining us and can show us points of interest. We will be VERY slow, stopping to see the cottages and tide pools, swim, picnic, and relax.
Low tides=9:54am & 3:31pm, Sunset=6:41pm (approximate since info was for San Clemente).

BRING: Lunch, tennis shoes or water shoes/booties, bathing suit, warm clothes just-in-case, sunscreen/hat, money for refreshment stands. No parking pass required.

405 south, 55 south, 55 turns into Newport Bl. Go through Costa Mesa. Take the PCH exit to the right, then turn left (south) onto PCH. Go through Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar. Just BEFORE Crystal Cove State Park, turn right at Cameo Shores (light). There is room for about 10 cars to park there. This will save the $15 parking fee at Crystal Cove. We can walk to Crystal Cove from there to start the hike.

605 south to the 405 south, then above directions.

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