El Moro Western Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,077' 328 m
Descent: -1,108' -338 m
High: 836' 255 m
Low: 52' 16 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A great 7.5 mile loop that tours the western side of the park.”— John McKinney
Parking fees are $15 per vehicle daily. Other rates or discounts may apply, check with the park for details.
Ascend the other canyon wall to the intersection with Red Tail Ridge Trail (left and heading north) and Rattlesnake Trail (right and heading south). Turn right to take Rattlesnake Trail south; this section of trail has amazing views of parks, hills and canyons up and down the coast. At about 4.4 miles the trail begins to descend back into Deer Canyon, quite steeply this time; at 5.5 miles take a left at the junction to head south on West Cut Across Trail. This trail terminates at the intersection with Moro Canyon Trail and Poles Trail. Take a right onto Moro Canyon Trail; careful not to take a sharp right onto Poles Trail. Follow this main trail, which soon turns into a fire road, back to the visitor center and the parking lot.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
A variety of birds, including shorebirds, may be spotted.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Crystal Cove