One weekend awhile back we impulsively decided to check out the local state park and beach known as Crystal Cove, sitting on the coast a few miles north of Laguna. On a Sunday in February, this place was packed, which makes sense given the close proximity to Orange County. After growing up an hour from the tidepools of Monterey, these seemed relatively uninhabited, but we were still able to locate some starfish and anemones amongst the millions of mussels. We then proceeded to make a 4 mile loop through the state park, starting on the No Name Ridge, and taking the East Cut Across trail to the Moro Ridge (map). For a short, local, dayhike, this was far better than the Malibu Canyon trails, since the ocean views stuck with you most of the way, and you had a straight line of sight to Catalina Island. 
 


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