El Moro Canyon - view from ridgeline

El Moro Canyon – view from ridge line photo courtesy of: AdventuresInSouthernCalifornia.com

El Moro Canyon hiking – Crystal Cove State Park

Southern California is synonymous with sun, sand, and surf.  Its miles of beautiful beach and near perfect weather year-round are big draws for visitors.

In recent years, the one spot along the coast that seems to garner quite a bit of activity is Crystal Cove State Park. This now historic site and state park was once a quite little cove of beach cottages. Locals primarily used the beach and occasionally a few horseback riders would venture down from the Irvine Equestrian Center, which once stretched along Pacific Coast Highway (now the Ocean North course of Pelican Hill Golf Club). There seem to be two main reasons for the attention Crystal Cove receives: the beach and the backcountry. The beach is an artist’s dream and the backcountry is the California of yesteryear.

Tucked behind El Moro Elementary is the El Moro Visitor Center – the starting point into the backcountry on the El Moro Canyon hiking trails…. Continue reading full article.