The Deer Canyon Loop Trail in Crystal Cove State Park is a 6.9 mile hike that is good for all ages, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the PCH.

The Deer Canyon Loop Trail is an easy drive from Orange County and Newport Beach. In the spring, wildflowers are abundant along the trial. This is a favorite spot for trail runners, hikers, and mountain bikers. The trail is kept in great condition year-round and is very wide. There is very little shade along the trail, so bring extra water!

There is a parking fee of $15. 

Photos: J. MaughnKen LundA Bear and a Bow, and Laura Camp

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes or trail runners
  • Snack
  • Map
  • Sun protection
    • Hat 
    • Sunscreen
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RT Distance 6.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 1489 Feet
Activities Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby


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