Why the Pacific Ridge Trailhead Is One of the Best Hikes

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Your Guide to Hiking the Pacific Ridge Trailhead

Pacific Ridge, El Moro Canyon, and Boomer Ridge Trail Details

The Pacific Ridge Trailhead network offers some of the best hiking in Orange County. This collection of trails wind and weave through stunning canyons, along gorgeous ridgelines, and down through Crystal Cove State Park. 

Begin your hike at the trailhead across the street from Coastal Peak Park. It’s about a 20 to 25-minute drive from Newport Beach, and there is plenty of street parking along East Coastal Peak and Ridge Park Road. Take Boomer Ridge Trail straight from the entrance and continue on the route for several miles until it begins to bend south towards the ocean. You can follow this route in a complete loop back to your car. There are more than a handful of paths branching off from the Pacific Ridge Trailhead, but most lead to a collection of campgrounds. 

If you would like to cut the 9.9-mile loop trail in half, take the third right onto El Moro Canyon Trail. This route dips down through a beautiful and quiet ravine that makes its way down to the beach through the Crystal Cove Park Tunnel!

The views from the Pacific Ridge Trailhead are fantastic regardless of which path you branch off on during your hike. You’ll find the best ocean views about halfway through the trek before dipping down to Crystal Cove Beach. The panoramic scenery is breathtaking, so bring your camera! You can also get glimpses of the surrounding mountains along the first section of the Boomer Ridge Trail.

Trail Difficulty

The gently sloping paths of the Pacific Ridge Trailhead network make this a fantastic place to hike for families. While the wide, cleared routes are well-marked and easy to traverse, we do recommend bringing your hiking shoes, given that the loop encompasses about 10 miles. Make sure you pack water, snacks, and a hat. There is no shade anywhere along the trail, so it can get hot, especially during the summer.

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