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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sunset Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 78 ft Route type Loop
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade No dogs
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Another section of the network of interconnected trails surrounding the HB / Bolsa Chica ecological center, a bird-watching hotspot. Great place to walk but no bikes are allowed. Accessibility: This trail has a gravel and dirt surface and mostly has a grade less than 5%. The max grade is 12% at about 1.2 miles. In some areas, the dirt paths may be too narrow for wheelchairs or strollers.

Parking at the Pacific Coast Highway Parking lot is suggested. To get there, go south on Golden West and then turn right (north) on the PCH. Immediately following the light for Bolsa Chica State Beach, you will see a wooden bridge across the water and a small tool shed. Turn into the driveway right after the tool shed. No beach parking is allowed at the Ecological Reserve parking lots. There are bathrooms by the parking lot.

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Julie Lopes
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HikingGreat!

Raw beautiful trail. Be careful for wildlife. Saw a rattlesnake. Beautiful sunset right off Bolsa Chica beach. Very easy, comfortable walk hike. Dirt road throughout. Park in Bolsa Chica ecological reserve.

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Jolene Huang
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, tons of wildlife! This was a high traffic trail with limited immediate parking but there were 2 lots across the street so I’m sure parking is no problem. Cloudy day and I went early in the morning and there were already quite a few cars. There are multiple trailheads so people came from different directions. Stopped a lot to watch birds and other animals. Well-maintained trail that would be pretty good for running. Trail gets thinner so I wouldn’t recommend for large groups. Fun to explore and will look to come back and explore a different part of the trail sometime! No shade, plenty of nature, great if you love water but not beaches.

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Kumar Gandhi
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Hiking

Good!

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Cucumber Hikes
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Hiking

Chill for runners, chill for kids, chill for elderly. Just a relaxing trail. Zero shade.

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Zaid Fadul
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W Shark
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Hiking

Easy and peaceful

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Marithel Trinidad
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Walking

Very beautiful scenic views and fresh breeze.I love it so much,so therapeutic and relaxing walk .Will definitely go again.

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Soli Huckaby
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Hiking

Easy trail. Nice views. Came across a huge rattlesnake!! So be aware of your surroundings. Happy hiking!!

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Jordan Clemente
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WalkingGreat!
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Alexander Longtine
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Hiking

Easy trail , stroller friendly . Only thing is a part you walk next to people yards and seems intrusive

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Jacey Marie
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Hiking

Good trail but the map trail on here isn’t available anymore

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Mona Gergen
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Keith McCord
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Hiking

Nice walk

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Jacey Marie
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HikingOver grown

Maybe cause I didn’t want to go through some extremely overgrown bushes that I couldn’t finish the trail. Who knows but I am definitely coming back to figure it out.

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Danny Pasillas
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Brianna Nicole
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Payul Shahpatel
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Hiking

Very nice - can spend hours to see all the wildlife

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Michelle Noel
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HikingGreat!
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amomwhobakes On IG
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HikingNo shade

This trail is good for kids. Lots of signs say no dogs but people still bring them in. Great hike to introduce children to hiking. It’s a more urban type of hike

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Brisa Moreno
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Kory Border
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Hiking

Nice easy trail you can go 2-7 miles on depending on the loops you take. Moderate traffic today. About 60% of people wearing mask and definitely some Karen's out and about, but the trail itself is nice. Good breeze almost the entire trail.

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Maria Rodriguez
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Walking

Beautiful easy trail. The breeze it’s perfect as your walking and admiring the surroundings.

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Urmil Shah
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Bird WatchingNo shade

No shade along the path. It’s decent for bird watching. Not enough parking places.

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Shiv's gupta
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Hiking

Amazing

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Shanie Holman
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Hiking

Nice chance to watch the birds and enjoy the reserve. No shade, though.

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James Palmer
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Hiking

Beautiful walk along the estuary.

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Jessica Watson
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HikingNo shade
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Tucker Pany
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HikingOver grown

Nice trail that can lead into a great neighborhood to run in. Will have to notify families that you approach that are passing or else they won’t move. No bugs even on an overcast day.

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J Lee
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Quiet, calm, enjoyed the breeze coming from the ocean. Bring a bird guide it will help you admire the preserve in a new level.

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Megan Wood
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Walking

Nice, peaceful trail

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