Backcountry Safety Tips


  •  Hiking with a friend will help you to be prepared for unforeseen conditions.

  • All trails, both fire roads and single tracks are multi-use trails. Please be courteous and remember that bikers yield to hikers, hikers yield to equestrians. Please share the trails for the enjoyment of all park visitors.

  • Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions of your hike and wear closed-toe shoes to avoid injury.

  • Walk and hike carefully on signed and designated trails only. Leaving the trails will expose you to unseen hazards such as rattlesnakes, ticks, Poison Oak, cactus and dangerous terrain.  Please avoid injuring plants, animals and yourself.

  • Bring plenty of water for your entire hike, up and back.  There is no drinking water available in the backcountry.  Bring sun protection.  This is a sun friendly park, with lots of it.

  • Human food products are detrimental to the health and eating habits of wild animals and birds.  Please help keep the backcountry clean.  Pack out what you pack in, including sunflower seeds, wrappers, fruit and water bottles.

  • Never chase or pick up animals.  They may injure you if they feel threatened.  If you disturb them or their habitat, you will make a difference in their struggle for survival in this harsh environment.

  • The native wildlife and their habitats will be disturbed and damaged by domestic pets.  Domestic dogs are prohibited in the backcountry and on unpaved surfaces.

  • Please do not collect or remove anything, including animals, shells, rocks, plants or kelp, from Crystal Cove State Park.  All natural resources are protected by law.

  • The park and backcountry closes at sundown.  Plan a safe and timely return.