Crystal Cove Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,081' 330 m
Descent: -1,081' -330 m
High: 1,011' 308 m
Low: 49' 15 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A gorgeous loop route with coastal/ocean views down into the canyon and back up and out.”— Zander Göpfert
If the length of this run is too much, use the West Cut Across or Poles Trail to shorten the route by almost 3.5 miles or explore the map and find your own adventure!
Follow Fenceline along the ridge before arriving back at an intersection with the Moro Canyon Trail. Keep heading south, toward the ocean, and continue onto Slow 'N Easy. Thus begins your descent into the canyon along the ridgeline. This doubletrack will bend to the east (left) and continue for a half mile until it reaches the Moro Canyon Trail once again. Turn right onto the Moro Canyon Trail.
Continue along the canyon floor, winding between the hills on either side for 2.5 miles, until you come to an intersection with the Poles Trail and West Cut Across. For a shorter route, head on West Cut Across for a ~three-mile return trip to No Name Ridge and the No Name Ridge Access Trail.
For this run, continue south on the Moro Canyon Trail for another 1.5 miles, reaching the low point of the route, just 50' above sea level. The trail will bend to the right (west), skirting a parking area and campground before arriving at the Crystal Cove State Park - El Moro Canyon Visitor Center.
From the visitor center, start your ~3.7-mile return journey up the west ridges of the park. Head north, starting on the No Dogs Trail. This will link up with the No Name Ridge trail, where Poles Trail also joins in. Continue the climb, up past West Cut Across to the No Name Ridge Access Trail, back to your vehicle.
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