This is a longer hike around the entire perimeter of Crystal Cove State Park. This is not the Beach Walk.
Sorry, Dogs are NOT permitted on any of the hiking trails in the park.
## Key Info:
## Meet and Greet at the rest room area at 9:20 AM.
## Hike Briefing at 9:25 AM.
## The hike departs promptly at 9:30 AM.
## Trails are subject to closure right after a significant rain. Check the Comments for updates.
## If you arrive late or otherwise choose to do this walk on your own, just follow the directions detailed below.
Length: Up to 10 miles, about 4 to 5 hours including rest stops, with ~1,300 ft gain/loss
Difficulty: This hike is a moderately challenging workout hike on varied terrain.
Pace: Moderate (~25 minutes/mile)
Description: We will head down No Name Ridge, directly across the street from the rest room meeting spot. This is a nice big, wide, well groomed dirt maintenance road, with ocean views all the way down to the ranger station by PCH, about 3½ miles. After a 10-minute snack/facilities break, we head over to El Moro Canyon and turn LEFT and turn right on BFI. This is a moderately steep climb up to the top of Moro Ridge. Continue up Moro Ridge to Bommer Ridge and turn left, heading back to our starting point.
Sometimes we may see some wildlife: quail, hawks, roadrunners, bunny wabbits, and if we are very lucky, maybe a snake or a tarantula.
Rating: Level 1+ to 2++ - Click here for hike RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf)
Parking: There is plenty of free on-street parking all along Ridge Park Road and East Coastal Peak Road. GPS Address: 20403 E Coastal Peak, Newport Coast, CA 92657. I usually park on the street right in front of the restrooms.
Facilities: We start the hike at the rest rooms in Coastal Peak Park. When we get to the Ranger Station, there are rest rooms and picnic tables. Finally, on Moro Ridge, there is a pit toilet at one of the campgrounds. All of the other rest rooms on this hike are disguised as bushes....
What to bring: Lots of water, snacks and lunch, sunglasses, sturdy hiking shoes, maybe hiking poles if you have them, a hat or umbrella for sun protection, a happy attitude and a big smile!
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Trail Map: http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=57857
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Brochure: http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=21146
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