Hiking at Crystal Cove State Park

Huntington Beach, CA

Yesterday the three of us (John, Pam, and Jessica) drove about ten miles south on the Pacific Coast Highway to do some hiking at Crystal Cove State Park.  The park is located along the ocean between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.  The Crystal Cove has a total of 17 different hiking trails that branch off of 3 centralized routes.  We chose a circular hike that would take us up to the highest point in the park for a great view of the ocean.

The beginning of the trail passed a beach parking area

After a short area of flat hiking, the trail turned steep as we moved inland.

But we climbed the hills with smiles on our faces (most of the time).

After a hike of about five miles, we came to a primitive camping area with picnic tables.  The tables, plus the view, provided a great place to enjoy lunch.

Lunch with a view

Great scenery

Spectacular views

Looking north toward Los Angeles

The hike back down

We had a great hike on a beautiful, clear, cool California day!  Soon Jessica heads east back to cold, snowy Pennsylvania.  We will then head east to spend two weeks in the desert at Anza Borrego State Park.  More on that later . . .

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2 Responses to Hiking at Crystal Cove State Park

  1. pmbweaver says:

    That steep part looks like the last trail you took. It was very steep.

    I bet Jessica loved that hike. With her burst of energy, she probably had to slow down for you two old folks.

    Spectacular view is right on. It looks like a lovely day!

    Safe travels for Jessica. What a wonderful memorable time you all had.

    Safe travels. Happy New Year dear friend.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Sue says:

    How nice to be able to spend time with your lovely daughter. We miss Jesse already and he’s only been gone a few days! Enjoy Borrego Springs!

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