Enjoy a Sunset Run at Crystal Cove

Orange County Crystal Cove SP

Added by Karen Heifferon

  • The most beautiful beach run in Orange County
  • Run past tide pools and view wildlife
  • 5 miles out and back

This is a favorite evening run. Park in the lot with a state pass, head down the cliff and back, and you'll get an amazing workout.

Tip: Time your runs at low tide.

Pack List

  • Running shoes
  • Hat or sunblock
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Fitness, Running

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Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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9 months ago

Crystal Cove is a gem!

We love going to Crystal Cove, whether to enjoy the water or camp. We also did our engagement photos here! The cliffs make a beautiful backdrop.

9 months ago

about 1 year ago

Amazing run, but even better beach area

I grew up here. My dad grew up here. Our family has camped/had a cottage here since the 1940s. The cottages are now state owned and are so much fun to rent. We have stayed here every year since the state opened Crystal Cove as a state park. Obviously I am a little biased, but this is the best spot in Southern California. While surrounded by all the glitz and business, you head down a hill to the cove and feel like you have gone back in time to a simpler era. Beautiful beach, tide pools and restaurant. The Beachcomber Restaurant is great and was my great-grandparents house. Our favorite spot now is actually right above the cove at Ruby's Shake Shack. If in the Newport Beach/Laguna Beach area you have to check this place out.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

One of the best runs I've ever been on!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Try the burgers at the Beachcomber on the North end of the park.

over 1 year ago

over 2 years ago

This is, hands down, my favorite run in southern California!

over 2 years ago

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