Time: 8:00 AM - Plan on arriving 15 min early if you have not been here before or want to use the bathrooms at nearby sports park
General Rating/Difficulty: Level 3: moderate or strenuous for elevation, distance and pace. CLICK RATING TABLE to read more about skill levels.
Length: 10 miles with hills
Duration: 3 hours plus/minus depending on speed
Directions: From Newport Coast Road take Ridge Park Road uphill until it ends at intersection with Coastal Peak Road. Trailhead is at the end of Ridge Park Road. Park along the road and meet at trailhead.
Description: Beautiful ocean views and fresh sea air! This hike runs the boundry lines along all four corners of the Crystal Cove backcountry for a full park loop. Besides several smaller hills there is one big/steep climb (1 mile, 1,000 ft up) after we leave the ranger station along BFI and Moro Ridge.
We start at the Ridge Park entrance in Newport Coast at the top of the hills for free parking. Our route will take us down Pacific Ridge, No Name Ridge and No Dogs trails to the ranger station (bathrooms and water available) where we will stop for a short break. From the ranger station we will hike up the infamous BFI (the name of this trail will become self evident) to Moro Ridge trail. We follow Moro Ridge trail to Bommer Ridge road and back to parking.
Trail Map: Crystal Cove Trail Map
Bring: Water, hat, sunglasses
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