This ride begins at the Bommer Meadows trail head. NOTE: If you’re using anything other than Google Maps, keep in mind that the public parking area is right by the street – NOT down the dirt road as other maps indicate.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Bommer Meadows trail connects to West Fork and it’s the only trail in the Bommer Canyon area that can be accessed by the public 7AM-7PM daily without having to be on an Irvine Ranch Conservancy scheduled open access day or scheduled docent-led ride.
Take the Bommer Meadows trail to West Fork which rbegins after a large dirt parking area. At the fork, veer right and follow that fire road steeply up and under the 73 freeway. If you didn’t go under the 73, you went up the wrong trail! The fire road continues up to Ridge Park Rd – a popular access point for Crystal Cove State Park (aka El Moro) users since the parking is free there. Enter the park at the end of the cul de sac, and turn right on the first fire road you see – this is called No Name Ridge. At each intersection, stay right, eventually ending up on the No Dogs trail that takes you down to the Crystal Cove main parking area.
(If you’re unfamiliar with the trails in this area, you may want to download and print the map of this area.)
Once at Pacific Coast Highway, turn right (north). At Reef Point Drive, cross over PCH. A paved / dirt trail begins near that intersection which will take you all the way to the Crystal Cove History District at the intersection of Los Trancos and Pacific Coast Highway, and Beachcomber Restaurant. Reservations are highly recommended! You should plan your trip at least 2 weeks ahead of time to get a reservation.
For your return trip, go back on the same trail you used to get to the Beachcomber. Once at the main parking area of Crystal Cove State Park, take the El Moro Canyon trail which heads southeast. Turn right at I Think I Can and head up. Just before you reach Bommer Ridge Road, take the single track Missing Link which veers off and up to the left. The trail continues past two fire roads. At the last fire road, turn right to return to Bommer Ridge, up to Ridge Park, and down West Fork back to your car.