If possible, please get there 10 minutes earlier. We will do stretching and warm up and also allow a bit more time for parking.
ABOUT THE HIKE: From the Ridge Park entrance to Crystal Cove State Park, we will take the West Ridge Trail down to NoName Ridge Trail and back. This wide dirt fire road will be at times steep and rocky with beautiful canyon and ocean views. This will be a timed hike of roughly 50-60 minutes out and 50-60 minutes back with a five minute rest stop to regroup at the midway point with access to a drinking fountain and restrooms. Total hike time will be less than two hours. This is intended to be an intermediate level conditioning hike with a fast pace and without a sweep, not intended for beginner hikers. Total round trip distance will be 6 miles, with approximately 1,500 feet elevation gain and loss.
From the 405 Freeway, take Culver Drive offramp toward the beach. Culver turns into Bonita Canyon Drive. Turn left on Newport Coast Drive at the 73 toll road. Turn left on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to East Coastal Peak Road with Coastal Ridge Park on your right.
From the 73 toll road, take the Newport Coast Drive exit heading toward the beach. Turn left on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to East Coastal Peak Road with the Park on your right.
From PCH, take Newport Coast Drive inland. Turn right on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to the park as described above. We meet at the restrooms in parking area for the Coastal Ridge Park.
The meetup location is at the restrooms in the parking area shown below:
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this wilderness area.
DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.