Crystal Cove Backpacking

Crystal Cove is a great beginners backpacking trip for those who live in Southern California because of its convenient location and its short 3 mile hike to the primitive campground. Crystal Cove offers 3 primitive campsites to choose from, Lower Moro, Upper Moro, and Deer Canyon. Here you can practice your backpacking skills and test out your new gear while still only being a few miles away from the city. Crystal Cove also offers car camping if you choose to do so located at its Moro Campground.

The Quick Mile:

  • This is neither beach nor car camping.
  • Three mile uphill hike inland to campsite away from beach.
  • Must pack everything in and out including water.
  • No fires are allowed, bring backpacking stove.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Reservations could be made through Reserve America.


crystal cove trail map

Trail map provided by crystal cove state park.




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