Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail

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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail is a 4.4 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
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
88 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

trail running
2 months ago

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
3 months 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.

4 months ago

Fun hike, long and flat lots of birds to see

4 months ago

Fun hike, long and flat lots of birds to see

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

quick with ocean view.

8 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
9 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.

10 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
10 months ago

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

walking
10 months ago

Relaxing walk with kids.

10 months ago

Too easy but the view is awesome.

11 months ago

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

11 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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great hike!

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

I walk here all the time. very easy stroll, great for a running trail too. beautiful birds and views.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Great trail with my 6 yr. She loved it!

walking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

This trail is nice & open with plenty of opportunities for photos. Lots of bird wildlife to observe. I didn't give myself enough to complete the whole route, but I'll be back soon.
Make sure to bring a jacket, the breeze right off the beach can chill.

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Good for a quick, local hike.

walking
Monday, January 16, 2017

This trail is awesome and there is a lot of wild life there and you should bring a jacket

walking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Great place for a stroll and wildlife viewing. You can spot rays and fish from the bridge, and herons, egrets and pelicans are often spotted in the ponds. Flat, level and stroller-friendly. Parking lot is small, so bare that in mind if arriving midday or on weekends.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Very pretty. Very easy. Lots of beautiful birds.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pretty trail that is mostly flat. Lots of birds. We also saw rabbits and squirrels.

Monday, July 25, 2016

went today hiked for an hour, hike was great lots of wildlife birds rabbits etc...overall a easy hike had a great time, only bummer was someone left a nice dent on my truck....thanks

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