Crystal Cove Hike!
Jump-start your summer by soaking up the sun & getting some fresh air! Join us for a hiking adventure down the winding hills along the Pacific coastline to the tide pools & sandy coves.
We will be exploring Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, which has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of woodland. The trip will take ~4-6 hours.
We will start our journey on a mountain top of Joaquin Hills then make our way down to El Moro Beach then to Crystal Cove!
We will have a group lunch picnic and spend some time at the beach where you can swim, kayak, build a sandcastle, explore tide pool, visit historic district, kick back and have a drink at one of the food shacks, and much more!
For those who are up to the challenge, we will hike across the beach to Treasure Cove where it's known for the best tide pool and exceptional scenic views!
Please bring some snacks and drinks to share with your fellow hikers for our group picnic. FYI, there's a Trader Joe's on our way to the beach!~
When: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:45 AM (Hike begins at 10:00 AM)
Where: Ridge Park Rd & E Coastal Peak Newport Beach, CA 92657
CLICK HERE FOR EXACT LOCATION:http://maps.google.com/maps?q=E+Coastal+Peak+Road+%26amp%3B+Ridge+Park+Road%2C+Newport+Coast%2C+CA
***Important Note*** Highway 73 is a TOLL road!!! If you're coming from L.A., you may exit @ Bison Ave or use the 405 freeway unless you want to pay a toll. DO NOT drive through without paying because YOU WILL BE FINED!!! :)
Distance: 6 mi (Main Trail RT) + Optional 3 mi (Beach Trail RT)
Elevation: ~1000 ft gain/loss
Duration: ~6 hrs (it's probably best to expect all-day event at the beach! ;)
What to wear: Hiking shoes, sun block, and dressed for the weather.
What to bring: Yourself (friends welcome), Lunch, Snacks for picnic, H2O, sandals, bathing suits, change of cloth, towel, and optional walking sticks and first-aid kit (especially if you're a klutz :).
More Information COMING SOON!!!
Jame = Picnic + Market + Dinner/Dinning info
For those who'd like to carpool from (626) or nearby area:
Place: Alhambra Bowling Center 1400 East Valley Boulevard, Alhambra, CA 91801
Note: be flexible about timing when carpool, big thanks with big smile to the wonderful drivers.
Park and Recreation info
Excerpt from Crystal Cove State Park Website, for more info, visit: http://www.crystalcovestatepark.com/index.html
Park Info: The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, California with easy access from I-5, 405 and 73.
Hike: 2,391 acres of undeveloped woodland is waiting for hikers of all ages. Parking is at Moro Canyon parking lot behind El Morro school with maps available at the ranger station.
Bike: Crystal Cove has become a center for Orange County cyclists. Miles of dirt road and single track routes are available.
Horse: Bring your own horse. No stables at the park. Equestrian trails available.
Diving: The park's offshore waters are designated as an underwater park and is a popular diving area.
Surfing: When the surf's up, enjoy clean-water reef breaks.
Camping: Two campsites on Moro Ridge. One campsite at Deer Canyon with picnic tables. Must hike up to sites. Primitive camping at its best. Pack it in! Pack it out!
Camping: (Seaside) 58 campsites on the seaside bluff overlooking the Pacific.
28 are reserved for RV use. To read the details of seaside camping,
Tidepooling: Reef Point, Pelican Point. SeeTidepool page for critters.
Our thanks to Stephen Francis for the photo.
Kayaking: Enjoy a leisurely paddle off shore. Views toward the inland hills are breath-taking.
Fishing: Bring your own bait and try your luck at catching a variety of sportfish.
Rules & Regulations:
- Dogs are required to be held on a leash not exceeding six feet in length and can be walked on paved areas only. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the backcountry and cannot be left unattended in a vehicle.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park.
- Climbing on cliff faces is prohibited.
- No collection of plants, seeds, or tidepool animals or shells. Fifty pounds of beach driftwood may be collected per day.
- All beaches and parking lots close at sunset, except the Historic District and Los Trancos parking lot which close at 10:00 pm