This is a moderate level hike in Laguna Coast Wilderness park and Crystal Cove State Park back country trails. This hike is suitable for low intermediate hikers. See Options section below for options.
The group size is being kept small. Please don’t RSVP unless you are very sure that you can attend. Please observe all social distancing protocols.
This is not the beach walk.
Sorry, Dogs are NOT permitted on any of the hiking trails in the park.
## Key Info:
## Meet and Greet at the rest room area at 9:20 AM.
## Hike Briefing/Stretching at 9:25 AM.
## The hike departs promptly at 9:30 AM.
## If you arrive late or otherwise choose to do this walk on your own, just follow the directions detailed below.
Difficulty: If you can walk at least 6 miles in under 2 hours, you should be able to do this hike.
Pace: – About 20-22 minutes/mile
Distance: About 6 to 7 miles.
Elevation Gain: About 600 feet.
Rating: Level 2. Click here for hike RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf)
Description: Bommer Ridge, Elevator and Slow ‘n’ Easy trails are nice big, wide, well groomed dirt maintenance roads. We will have a few hills up and down along the way. Along with cooling ocean breezes, there are nice views of the ocean, and the other ridges and canyons along the way. We will drop down into Moro Canyon and walk under a tree-covered canopy for a bit, before turning around and heading back.
Sometimes we may see some wildlife: quail, hawks, roadrunners, bunny wabbits, and if we are very lucky, maybe a snake or a tarantula.
Parking: There is plenty of on-street parking all along Ridge Park Road and East Coastal Peak Road. GPS Address: 20403 E Coastal Peak, Newport Coast, CA 92657.
Route: From the rest room meeting point, we can access the Pacific Ridge trail directly across the street, heading to the left, to to Bommer Ridge trail, where we turn right. When we get Elevator, we will descend down into Moro Canyon for a mile or two. Then we will turn back and take Slow ‘n’ Easy back up to Bommer and return to our start point. See Photos for more details.
What to bring: Water, maybe a snack or lunch, sunglasses, sturdy hiking shoes, maybe hiking poles if you have them, a hat or umbrella, a happy attitude and a big smile!
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Trail Map:
Crystal Cove State Park Trail Map:
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