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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
78 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Another section of the network of interconnected trails surrounding the HB / Bolsa Chica ecological center. Great place to walk but no bikes are allowed.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Great easy walk in through the wetlands. Connects to the brightwater trail as well. During the super bloom this trail was more lush and beautiful than I’ve ever seen it.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike with tons of wildlife. For a detailed hike and trail guide, check out HikingGuy com

walking
1 month ago

Another section of the network of interconnected trails surrounding the HB / Bolsa Chica ecological center. Great place to walk but unfortunately no bikes allowed.

Nice easy walk, tons of lizards!

hiking
1 month ago

Seems nice at first, but leaves a lot to be desired. There is lots of foot traffic on the weekends, and the peacefulness is all but ruined by the constant drone of cars on PCH just a hundred yards away.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Beautiful spring flowers, bird watching, and beach view. Some parts were pretty overgrown and the back end of the trail was a bit sketchy but overall a fabulous walk

1 month ago

loved the trail. very beginner friendly, relatively flat, long pants reccomend for overgrowth. mostly firm sandy paths, then a gravelly portion. lots of cute local wildlife c:

hiking
bridge out
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Great beginner trail. Recommend wearing long pants as there are some narrow trails through the bushes. Great views of the wetlands. May hit some groups of students during the weekend and super crowded for the weekend. Come early as there is limited parking.

I went there to just scout out the trail. Walked for about an hour. Definitely, worth it. Plenty of wildlife. Saw an osprey, a few herons, rabbits. With all the rain. Lots of flowers. Coastal Sunflowers. It’s an easy hike. The ocean is just across PCH. Go for it.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Excellent well groomed trail half asphalt half hard dirt

hiking
3 months ago

Clear views of Catalina Island and the snow capped mountains today. Nice morning walk with lots to see.

3 months ago

I love that the ocean is within view for most of this hike. The trail is definitely easy. It was fun to take the kids.

hiking
4 months ago

Great for little ones to see the animals.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful morning walk!

4 months ago

Easy enjoyed all the different birds

6 months ago

We take our young kids here all the time. It’s a fun, easy hike with so many cool birds to identify. Beautiful, peaceful, and nice HB locals. No bikes allowed.

trail running
7 months ago

Me and my boyfriend run here ever morning and we love it, it’s so peaceful and beautiful! Love love love!!!!

8 months ago

I have walk this trial several times , but last times I have noticed less and less water and more house construction. So much destruction around the area. machines extracting water too. Very sad .

8 months ago

it's super to walk 4 miles ahoy yeee

8 months ago

We saw three ospreys very beautiful! We went early around 7:00am

walking
8 months ago

Easy, scenic trail. Saw rabbits, countless birds, lizards and a baby rattle snake! Down side, you get hints of car noise from the PCH and not secluded.

9 months ago

Enjoyed the birding photo opportunity.

walking
10 months ago

nice hike with easy parking. a lot of runners so this might be a good spot if you like to jog/run

walking
11 months ago

Very peaceful when the weather isn’t great!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Great view!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

it's alright, bikes restricted

Friday, April 27, 2018

Nice place it has stairs and hills

trail running
Friday, February 23, 2018

A quick trip from Belmont Shore, Long Beach for me for some mid week miles. Soft surfaces and a great run along the ridgeline below the houses up top provide for an excellent view of the Ocean. Sunsets are solid here as well. Though a bit small for runners looking for serious distance (I tend to do double or triple loops of the entire place) it is soft on your legs and boats beautiful wildlife when you want to get off of the roads. Not overly crowded during the week, but for the weekend, get their early. The parking lot is small.

hiking
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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.

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