El Moro Canyon Loop Trail is a 4 mile hike that brings you through a canyon and up to Moro Ridge, offering jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean throughout the duration.

The trail features a waterfall and is open year-round, but is best used in the spring. Remember to bring $15 cash for the parking fee. The trail is shared by trail runners, mountain bikers, hikers, and the occasional horseback rider. Dogs are not allowed in Crystal Cove State Park. 

Photos: MikeEva LuedinSupportPDX, and Ken Lund

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy hiking shoes or trail runners
  • Cash for parking
  • Snack / picnic lunch
  • Sun protection
  • Beach items (towel, swimsuit) if you choose to go to the beach after
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 744 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Peaceful nature

Had a great trail work out great view and and an absolutely great breeze and in take !


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