A glimpse at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove State Park is offering a variety of public events in February. During the winter, the beaches and park are less crowded, providing the perfect opportunity to hike, explore and discover the flora and fauna, and take in picturesque ocean vistas.

Here is a glimpse at a few of the offerings.

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Photos courtesy of Crystal Cove State Park

Exploring tidepools

Sunday, Feb. 18: Guided Beach Wrack and Tidepool Walk at 11 a.m.

Winter days on the beach at Crystal Cove are quieter with the empty beach, resting birds and super clear water. The tides are lowest during the day and the receding tide leaves a potluck of animals and seaweed to explore. Join this walk from Reef Point toward the Historic District. When you are finished exploring, continue to the Historic District, take some refreshment, and enjoy the spectacular view at the Shake Shack, then return at your leisure along the blufftop trail. Wear sturdy walking shoes, or closed-toed sandals for tidepooling, as rocks can be slippery and sharp, and your feet will likely get wet. Bring a hiking pole if you are unsteady on rocks. Meet at the Reef Point Lot (PCH coastward at the stoplight Reef Point, around the kiosk, then left to the first restroom building, which is on the right). $15 day use fee.

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Assist Crystal Cove in restoring native habitats

Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24: Stewardship Friday and Saturday from 8-11:30 a.m.

Crystal Cove is offering two stewardship events during the month of February. Join Crystal Cove Conservancy and California State Parks staff as they work on habitat restoration projects throughout Crystal Cove State Park. Stewardship Friday and Saturday are volunteering opportunities open to all, which aim to connect people with the natural history and beauty of Crystal Cove State Park through stewardship efforts. These events are free. Registration is required, so, sign up here.

Friday, Feb. 23: Moro Canyon Loop, stories and sunset hike from 3-6 p.m.

Join a park naturalist on this hike, where you will warm in the canyon, ramble up the ridge and end the trek while watching the sunset from BFI trail. This popular hiking route has something for everyone: brief stories of the culture and history of Crystal Cove’s past residents, the progress of restoration projects within the park, designated habitat restoration and beautiful views. This five-mile hike is moderately paced (3.0 mph) with an incline of about 800 ft. and could be strenuous for some. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station).
$15 day use fee.

Saturday, Feb. 24: Full Moon hike from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Explore the Park After Dark, on a guided interpretive two-hour, four-mile hike. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 10 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water, a snack and dress in layers. Bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station). $5 entrance fee. Reservations are required, so RSVP to laurel.gifford@parks.ca.gov.

For a complete calendar of events, go to www.crystalcovestatepark.org/park-calendars/.

Save the Date: Speaker event with Rich German, founder of Project O: March 2 from 1-3 p.m.

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Rich German, founder of Project O

Join Crystal Cove Conservancy as they fall even more in love with the ocean during a special speaker event featuring marine conservation advocate and founder of Project O, Rich German.

Guests will enjoy a special presentation and Q&A conversation with German, as he highlights the ocean’s beauty and its marine life as seen through his eyes, while also sharing about the perils our planet faces that impact humans. A post-event reception will be held for guests to mingle, as they enjoy complimentary lights bites and drinks on the Cottage Check-in Deck #35.

The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required, so register here.

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