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Crystal Cove/Moro Canyon LbNA #1895

Owner:KatPau Contact Inactive
Plant date:Sep 9, 2001
City:Corona Del Mar
Found by: KatPau
Last found:Mar 10, 2021
Last edited:Sep 9, 2001

Planted: September 12th, 2001 / Replaced February 4th, 2012

Distance: Approximately 4 miles depending on your route

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous

Season: All Year

Starting elevation: 200 feet

High point: Approximately 730 feet

Map: Obtain Map at Visitors Center or from Ranger at the Entrance

Facilities: Parking Lot, restrooms, nature center and Ranger's Headquarters
Water: In parking lot only

Nearest Services: Corona del Mar/Laguna Beach

State Parks Info Web Page:

Directions to Start:

Moro Canyon is part of Crystal Cove State Park, on Highway 1 (8471 Pacific Coast Highway),
 Between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. It is approximately 2 miles North of Laguna Beach
 on the East side of the Highway. As you enter, turn right to get to the lower parking lot or you will
 be hiking another ΒΌ mile each way.

There is a $15 entrance fee.
Make sure to pick up a map from the ranger.

On To the Hunt!

Start by taking the El Moro Canyon trail. This starts at the bottom parking lot .
Head away from the ocean, cross the bridge and follow the canyon for a few minutes until you see
 the South Connector Trail (also known as "B.F.I."). You will come down this trail later.

Continue on until you intersect with the East Cut-Across Rd. (also known as "I-Think-I-Can"). on your right.

Take this trail and climb to just below the top of the hill (~ 1.1 miles), taking the right branch of the road and 
continue right when you reach the El Moro Ridge Rd.
Follow the El Moro Ridge Rd. past the power lines
 and dead end road, to a junction with the B.F.I Trail.

Take the trail that bears Southwest (back towards the ocean) , following the fence-line until you find a
"steel saguaro".
There is a plaque nearby for the Joseph R. Sweany Reservoir. 
From the plaque, walk North back along the road you came on, pass the steel saguaro, and take another 13
 steps and look for a big rock in the bank/hillside on the right.
Continue another 5 steps.
The letterbox is hidden under a pile of rocks, under a big sagebrush atop the bank/hillside on your right.

Please replace the box so that it is well hidden.

To get back to the trailhead, return to the Y junction and follow the B.F.I. Trail towards the ocean, enjoying the views.
 At the bottom, you'll meet the trail you came in on.
Turn left and retrace your steps to your car.

This is a semi-orphaned box so please tell me if you've visited!

Enjoy... KatPau