nature trips
3 months ago

Very easy! Nice views and a nice variety of ecosystems to spot along the way. If you go down near the marsh area, definitely wear shoes you doing mind getting a bit mud on!

trail running
4 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

nice trail but way too much horse poo

it was a nice little bike trail , not really for walking , I'd say but it was fun .

Great trail, but best enjoyed in early morning or late evening, since it can get crowded at times.

Great trail, but best enjoyed in very early morning or late evening, since it can get crowded at times.

Nice view and great for everyone --- kids and adults.

Very nice and safe trail from Irvine to balboa beach.

An easy, well-maintained trail that skirts the back bay. This is a GREAT trail! The best time to walk the trail is early in the morning - before 7:00am, which is when John Wayne Airport starts launching jets at a rate of around one every five minutes; the mornings are pristine. During the week, you'll run into people (like me) out walking their dogs in the mornings and evenings (unlike me, though, many don't seem to want to use the little blue crap bags to pick up after their canine companions). During the day the trails are virtually empty. Weekends on the back bay are different; there are TONS of people out walking, riding their bikes and jogging. There's no tree coverage, so - if you're planning on being out during the day - sunscreen and a hat are recommended. At night, the cold can come up pretty quick, so a light jacket is a good idea.

An easy, well-maintained trail that skirts the back bay. This is a GREAT but very popular trail - be advised! The best time to walk the trail is early in the morning - before 7:00am, which is when John Wayne Airport starts launching jets at a rate of around one every five minutes; the mornings are pristine. During the week, you'll run into people (like me) out walking their dogs in the mornings and evenings (unlike me, though, many don't seem to want to use the little blue crap bags to pick up after their canine companions). During the day the trails are virtually empty. Weekends on the back bay are different; there are TONS of people out walking, riding their bikes and jogging. There's no tree coverage, so - if you're planning on being out during the day - sunscreen and a hat are recommended. At night, the cold can come up pretty quick, so a light jacket is a good idea. There's a fairly steep downhill (or uphill, if you're coming back) at the start of the trailhead near Jamboree. Watch your kids, and be careful; the bike-riders seem completely oblivious that they're supposed to SHARE the trail; they seem to believe that rocketing through hikers is a good idea. Also, cars can drive the trail from the southern end to the trailhead near Jamboree. They're usually pretty good about driving slowly and admiring the flora and fauna. Just watch out for them; they outweigh you.

The Mountains to Sea trail is an all-day hike or bike ride (it's MORE than an all-day hike if you're in a physical condition best described as "perfect for watching TV"). It winds from the mountains (duh) to Newport Beach, and includes parts of different trails, including a beautiful part of the Back Bay trail in Newport Beach. Some of the parts of the trail are beautiful, some are following a big concrete ditch under roads and freeways. It's a great way to get in shape, given the rising and falling landscape. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not keen on changing my shape; it took me 40 years to end up looking like this, and I'm happy with it. I've made my peace with it. This is a shared trail; you'll meet bikes, horses, walkers, joggers, people wandering around lost, and people walking their dogs. Watch out for the bikers; they're generally kinda rude and it seems that they think their tight goofy-looking pants entitle them to trail ownership (kind of the same way heavyset people in spandex think they own the whole trailer park). The difficulty rating changes; it can be easy or moderate depending on where you are. I'm marking this one as moderate mostly due to the length. There is virtually no tree covering, so make sure you've got sunscreen and a hat. A good pair of walking shoes is a must if you're going to tackle the whole trail.

Great hike at the marsh and also by the bay.

Me and my wife, went here to celebrate our 1st year married, we rent a kayak and spent an hour navigating the upper bay and some channels.