Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach

fun hikes w/ kristen, marcia & aj

April 14, 2013


This has to be one of my favorite places to hike and it's close to my home as well. There are miles and miles of trails here. If you want to do a short 4-mile loop or a longer 10+ mile loop, you can find it here.

Recently I've been hiking Crystal Cove with three of my friends, Kristen, Aj and Marcia, but have hiked it on my own a lot. With the last few weeks we've ran into more then a few rattlesnakes. It's always nice to see them on the trail, but you gotta be careful, coz these guys will bite you. One of the rangers here told me that they do have a bite victim once or twice a season. Most of the time the rattler will let you know that he's near you, but I've seen them give no warning as well. Try and stay in the middle of the trail, and keep and eye out for a snake in the shadows of the bushes on the side of the trail as well. They like to hang out there too. And trail not to go off trail. They really blend into the bush.

There's other wildlife here too. We've seen bobcats, deer, coyotes, roadrunners, quail, rabbits, scorpions, tarantulas, hawks and turkey vulture. That's one of the reasons I like coming here so much. You just never know what you're going to see.

Recently, I took Aj on a 10-mile loop hike and we stopped by a WW ll bunker that over looks Emerald Bay. It's a great lookout point and lots of people go there to take pictures. You would know it was a bunker unless you went down a little and looked inside. I asked the rangers and they did confirm that it was a bunker used to protect the coast from an invasion. It's crazy to think that there were guns over looking Emerald Bay.

On another hike that I did with Marcia, which was an 11-mile loop, we headed down the the beach for a bit and then on the way back up we took a little short cut, a little used trail that goes straight over the first hill, instead of around it. I thought Marcia was going to kill me, it was a tough hike up the hill, and we were on mile 7 already, but she made it. Heading back to Costal Peak Park, where our car was, we had about four or five up and down hills we had to deal with. I kept on telling her that is was the last one, but then she would see another hill in the distance. I actually thought the was going to hit me with one of her trekking poles.

And then with Kristen we did a 4+ mile loop, that was a little to short for both of us, but it was fun. We went through deer canyon. Took a break inside a cave and ate Balance Bar.

That was really fun too.

Today is Sunday and I think I might be heading out to Crystal Cove for my fave 8-mile loop.

Check out the videos below, they're kinda fun.

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