Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail

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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Huntington 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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
75 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
13 days ago

All in all the trail was nice. A few forks in the road, but the apps map makes it easy to follow. Plenty of parking, but there was a lot of trash in the bay. However, I would recommend it.

1 month ago

Fun hike, long and flat lots of birds to see

1 month ago

Fun hike, long and flat lots of birds to see

2 months ago

Love this trail! Try and schedule your runs around the tide. Mainly avoiding the low tide periods within the wetlands.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail, I always go back when I can it never disappoints!

walking
3 months ago

Coming back here again! Easy and simple, great for kids!

hiking
4 months ago

I love this real because I live less than half a mile away from here and this hike is vary easy, but still a fun hike for all ages!

nature trips
5 months ago

quick nature trails. not really a hike, but very nice and easy

5 months ago

quick with ocean view.

5 months ago

Nice for a quick stroll or trail run. kid friendly. No dogs allowed. You can easily extend your mileage by going down the riverbed trail.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite local places to run & walk. I can also bike the 5 1/2 miles there so that's a plus. Very limited parking.

6 months ago

Flat gravel trails guide you along this hike located across Pacific Coast Highway from Bolsa Chica Stare Beach. Parking lot allows for about 30 vehicles and can fill up fast. Seasonal birds abound and my favorite time of year is when the elegant terms are in for breeding. It's as much about the sound of the terns as it is the mass amounts of them flying out to sea to feed. Great hike and place to see one of the largest wetlands left in California. Just north on Pacific Coast Highway is Sunset Beach with lots of places for breakfast and lunch. Overall a great place and hike for the whole family.

hiking
7 months ago

Great little place for family hikes!! We got to see some snails, ducks and even spotted a coyote!! Highly recommend!

walking
7 months ago

Relaxing walk with kids.

7 months ago

Too easy but the view is awesome.

8 months ago

Nice walk, great for birding, easy to follow path, open and populated.

8 months ago

Easy walk, you get two choices of scenery, each visit has been very pleasant. I have yet to walk the full trail because I tend to go for the sunset view, which is stunning from here. Top choice for sunset viewing. They have benches perfectly placed.

9 months ago

Lovely at dawn. The winter rains have caused wildflowers to grow over the trail in spots; there are also some gnat swarms near the oil wells. But these are minor inconveniences. Great dirt to run on!

9 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of wildlife to see (including insects).

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