Trip · 3-day backpacking trip
For · Friends and first-time backpackers
Vibe · Moderate and fun
Distance · 5 miles round trip and 1,581 feet of elevation gain
Permits · Yes! Book a site at Lower Moro Campground
Drive · 1 hour from LA
Ideal dates · September to December or March to May
Pets · Not allowed on trails
Crystal Cove State Park (CCSP) is one of the largest open spaces and natural seashores in SoCal's Orange County. Treat yo' self to 3.2 miles of sandy beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness, and awesome campsites along the Pacific Ocean. Scuba divers frequently explore Crystal Cove's underwater park, and trail runners and mountain bikers love to whiz through its steep hills and canyon floors. Take a break from Twitter, and swap your screen for a weekend of sun, stars, and surf at Crystal Cove.
Official Crystal Cove SP Trail Map
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Each campsite comes with a:
Crystal Cove SP has three backcountry campgrounds: Lower Moro, Upper Moro, and Deer Canyon. Lower Moro Campground is the most easily accessible from the trailhead and a great destination for beginners to try out backpacking. Every backcountry campsite reservation comes with one vehicle parking pass; Each extra car is $15 a night. Trash collection isn't available so be sure to pack out what you pack in. Practice Leave No Trace!
Check-in: After 2 PM · Check-out: Before noon
View Backcountry Camping Route Map
View Lower Moro Campground Map
Nightly Rate: $25
In 1979, the Irvine Company, a family-owned ranch, sells the parkland to the state. Crystal Cove Historic District is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Thousands of years ago, the Tongva and Acjachemen tribes lived in this area. They manufactured soapstone bowls and knives, along with weaving exquisite baskets and nets
When logging began in the 1850s, there were over 2 million acres of redwood forests, but by the 1960s, nearly 90% of all original redwoods were gone
Imagine a sleeping pad, bag, and blanket all in one. It takes some getting used to, but people love it.
Cuddle with your partner to the max in this spacious sleeping bag, primarily designed for couples.
It's not the fairest of them all, but this affordable sleeping bag delivers on warmth and comfort.
Whether you're a couple or prefer to sleep like a queen, this spacious air mattress will keep you warm at night.
This self-inflating mattress weighs 5+ pounds, but it's comfy enough to forget you're sleeping on the ground.
A soft, comfy jacket that comes in a variety of colors. Wear it in the city or the trail.
A dreamy, colorful sweater to sport around camp and on chillier day hikes.
This mineral-based sunscreen is good for the envrionment and your skin. It's water resistant too.
You don't have to sacrifice color for SPF protection. Look and feel good while protecting your lips.
Campers can use this pot and pan cookset while car camping or backpacking in the woods.
This 4-person cookset comes with a stainless steel cooking pot, pan, lids, plates, bowls, utensils, and more.
When a campground is short of sinks, bring your own. Clean your dirty dishes in this expandable bin.
This expensive stove is for campers who want compact, portability, and performance all in one.
A reliable, popular, and relatively affordable dual-burner camping stove that is fairly heavy, but performs well.
Add a little magic to your experience by hanging these twinkling lights around your tent every night.
These bluetooth speakers are portable and loud enough to help everyone get into the groove.
An affordable day pack for bringing snacks, sunglasses, and water on your next day hike.
You can bet some snuggling is happening when you bring this chair to camp. No complaints though.
Sturdy, reliable, well-designed, and more expensive than most camp chairs, but it'll last for awhile.
Sometimes you just want a camp chair that gets the job done. Nothing glamorous or fancy. Well, this is it.
Sleepover! This is a tent you can stand up in and have plenty of space for air mattresses, doggos, and more.
This was Popular Mechanics "Gear of the Year" winner, and it won Outdoor Retailer's Innovations Awards. NBD.