Hiking Crystal Cove

After all the "unusual people" stories this week, I thought I would end the week on a little calmer note.  I like to share visual glimpses of Orange County because I have readers all over the world.  The written word can only go so far in describing this place I call home.  I am sending you off to enjoy this weekend by sharing a little about my last weekend.

I woke up on Saturday and vowed I was going to allow myself one day to do "absolutely nothing".  My plan started off well.  I hung out in my tattered, very un-sexy, snowman PJs drinking coffee for quite awhile.  (Briefcase is hot for snowmen.  Ha!)  Then I moseyed out to the pool with a book and plopped down on a lounge chair.  Yes, I was a slug.  An hour later I splashed around in the pool.  Then all of a sudden I decided that I had to "do something now"!  (So much for my ability to relax!)

Briefcase and I took off for a couple hours at Crystal Cove State Park.  I wanted to hike and Crystal Cove is ideal with trails weaving in and out of 2,400 acres of undeveloped wild brush.  I thought for sure I could cover all 2,400 acres in one afternoon (being the great athlete that I am). 

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The nice thing about Crystal Cove is that it's usually uncrowded compared to other local areas.  I have never understood why because the scenery is beautiful and it is located directly across from a very populated area.  There are also a few fantastic, but expensive, restaurants in close vicinity.  Yes, if you so desire, you can easily spend around $400 on dinner for two just across the street from the park.  (Divorced, plastic, women flock to the Newport Beach restaurants and bars trying to snag a rich husband.  It makes for amusing people watching!)

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Perhaps Crystal Cove State Park isn't crowded because although there is access to over 3 miles of beach, it is not easy beach access.  You have a choice of a massive and very steep stairway at one end of the park or an incredibly steep path at the other.  Many people choose to walk, run, bike, horseback, or hike the trails while enjoying the views, but never make the more challenging trip down to the beach.  Here's a view from one hiking trail.

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You can see it is pretty steep terrain.  A little discouraging if you're out of shape.  Here is another view as I made my way down the cliff:

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Getting down to the beach is a much more pleasant experience than going back up.  What did I say about all 2,400 acres?  Not likely!  Once you get down the cliff, the beach is spacious and beautiful.

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Many people aren't big fans of Crystal Cove because the rocks make swimming precarious and boogie boarding is out of the question.  It is beautiful, but probably favored more by adults and teens than young children.  Rocks make for great tide pooling though. 

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At the end of the day, you  have to make a treacherous hike back up the cliff.  I was hoping they would build an elevator while I was down there, but it didn't happen.  Briefcase didn't want to carry me back up either – I asked.  On a positive note, since I didn't come close to hiking all 2,400 acres, the hike back up gave me a great workout for the day.  This weekend?  Well, this weekend I think I'll take at least one day to do absolutely nothing.     

9 Responses to “Hiking Crystal Cove”

  1. EricaB

    Beautiful pictures!
    Enjoy your weekend! I can’t think of the next day I will be able to do “absolutely nothing”…ugh!

  2. EricaB

    Beautiful pictures!
    Enjoy your weekend! I can’t think of the next day I will be able to do “absolutely nothing”…ugh!

  3. EricaB

    Beautiful pictures!
    Enjoy your weekend! I can’t think of the next day I will be able to do “absolutely nothing”…ugh!

  4. Pete Dunn

    That does it. After this intolerable Utah winter (there are still ski resorts open!) I’m moving to Southern California.
    The neighborhood pool full of bacteria and used band-aids is no substitute for a proper beach.

  5. Pete Dunn

    That does it. After this intolerable Utah winter (there are still ski resorts open!) I’m moving to Southern California.
    The neighborhood pool full of bacteria and used band-aids is no substitute for a proper beach.

  6. Pete Dunn

    That does it. After this intolerable Utah winter (there are still ski resorts open!) I’m moving to Southern California.
    The neighborhood pool full of bacteria and used band-aids is no substitute for a proper beach.

  7. Janie

    I just discovered your site and I’m enjoying reading all the posts. Bummer about the car wreck and the immobile arm but I hope your rehab can “fix” it but you keep up the site. Good luck!

  8. Janie

    I just discovered your site and I’m enjoying reading all the posts. Bummer about the car wreck and the immobile arm but I hope your rehab can “fix” it but you keep up the site. Good luck!

  9. Janie

    I just discovered your site and I’m enjoying reading all the posts. Bummer about the car wreck and the immobile arm but I hope your rehab can “fix” it but you keep up the site. Good luck!

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