Located off the Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove State Park offers a sumptuous spread of trails for mountain biking. With 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland, 3.2 miles of beach, and a 15-mile bicycle route in this review, it’s a paradise for bikers. The park offers varying terrains, from rugged backcountry trails to relatively relaxed paths, giving every cyclist an option to suit their skill level.
To reach Crystal Cove State Park, turn inland off Pacific Coast Highway at the El Morro School, located just south of the Reef Point Entrance. Park your vehicle at the El Moro Visitor Center where the trailhead starts at the upper end of the parking lot.
The route kicks off from the trailhead (TH) and ascends through "No Dogs Trail," which eventually turns into "No Name Ridge." This serves as a decent warm-up before you hit the meatier parts of the trail.
At mile 1.37, a sharp right turn on "Mach One" trail introduces you to high-speed downhill biking. Exercise caution, as speeds can get dangerously exhilarating.
The route then merges onto "El Moro Canyon" briefly at mile 2.0, before taking the first left onto "I Think I Can Trail." Despite its deceptive name, the trail is a long uphill double-track segment that serves as a formidable stamina test.
When you hit mile 3.2, stick to the left fork. At mile 3.25, make a left onto "Moro Ridge," where you will bypass a campground. Another left at mile 5.16 will take you onto "Missing Link" single track, which offers an alternative route to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park if you go straight.
A descent awaits you on "Slow 'n Easy" at mile 5.84, followed by a right turn down "El Moro Canyon" at mile 7.11.
At mile 9.18 and 9.96, you'll find yourself on familiar terrains of "Mach One" and "No Name Ridge," completing the loop at mile 15.25.
Crystal Cove State Park offers a bit of everything—stunning coastal views, challenging elevations, and diverse terrains. Whether you're a resident of Orange County or just visiting, the park