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Crystal Cove Beach Loop

Orange, California

based on 4 reviews



5.13 miles

Elevation Gain

151 ft

Route Type



Added by Karen Heifferon

The most beautiful beach loop in Orange County. Walk, hike or run past tide pools and view wildlife.

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

Tip: Time your outings for low tide as there will be more beach to walk on.

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Crystal Cove Beach Loop Reviews

This was a cool and different state park. The 1950’s seaside vibe was awesome. The hike down from the parking lot along the creek was also cool and the beach was easy to spread out.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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