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
121 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
11 hours 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
8 days ago

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

hiking
13 days ago

walking
19 days ago

Relaxing walk with kids.

25 days ago

29 days ago

30 days ago

Too easy but the view is awesome.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

2 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!

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

birding
2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months ago