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El Dorado Park Nature Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Long Beach, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 62 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Fee

No dogs

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These trails are hidden gems in the busy city of Long Beach. You would never know that you were not lost in hidden woods, rather then less then 1/2 mile from a busy freeway. The nature center itself is very good, featuring a little menagerie of local wildlife, and educational things for children. They sell items, and they occasionally have special events like informational hikes looking for butterflies or birds. It is totally worth a stop to check it out before going on the trails. The hikes are easy. On a weekend, you will find many families with children on the trails. They do not permit bicycles or dogs on the nature trails, though they are both allowed in the rest of the park. There is a lot of wildlife to see here too. You will find egrets and herons in the lake, lizards running around in the sun if it's warm, bunnies if you're lucky, possibly a hawk or two soaring on the thermals. It's a great escape from city life, and extremely easy to get to. Vehicle entry fees are CASH ONLY: $5 Monday through Thursday; $6 Friday: $7 Saturday and Sunday $8 on Holidays (Holiday rate includes the following days: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, President's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day weekend (Sat, Sun & Mon), July 4th, Labor Day weekend (Sat, Sun & Mon), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day.

To get to the El Dorado park nature center from I-605 south, exit at Spring street, and follow the signs for the park, which will mean bearing right on the freeway offramp. After you exit, get into the left lane as quickly as possible. The next left turn is the park entrance for the nature center. The entry fee is $5.00 weekdays, and $7.00 on Saturday and Sunday. They are closed on Mondays. El Dorado park is huge, and has more then just the nature trails. In the park proper, there are bike paths, camping areas that can be reserved, and you can walk your dog should you want to. It is a remarkable resource in the middle of a really developed area.

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Recordings (394)
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Jess D
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WalkingFee

Beautiful but NO DOGS ALLOWED. Paid parking.

Aaron Spark
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Hiking

Well shaded, best hike in SolCal

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Hyunmin Chai
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Hiking

2번째 하이킹 ㅋ

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Yuna Dashevska
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Hiking

I love that place!Great for kids.Very cozy and good for sunny days, there is a lot trees

Laura N
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WalkingFee

Great little two mile trail. Lots of shade. Saw ducks, turtles, squirrels but did not find a Sasquatch. We tried though. I bought the annual pass. $35 for over 50 and $60 for everyone under 50, but it’s good for a year from date of purchase. You can do the two mile trail as many times as you wish and get your steps in that way for the day!

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Hyunmin Chai
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Hiking

애뉴얼 패스 사는김에 ㅋ

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Brandon Hathaway
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Hiking

An entertaining nature stroll hidden in the urban area in lieu of getting further out of the metro. Full of tunnels of brush and low trees that add a nice ambiance. Pretty heavily trafficked though.

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Yosuke T.
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Hiking

It was combination of both trail and well-paved walking road that were nice, clean air and refreshing place! That was perfect for restarting the hiking custom from being stay home for long time.

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Julia Bravo
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Hiking

Make sure you stop and look for turtles! Lots of traffic there on the weekends.

Anthony Long
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HikingBridge outFee

Beautiful trail in the nature center. Over 5000 different plant species!

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Camila Castillo
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Hiking

Me encanto!!!

Lola Francois
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Hiking

Be prepared to step on duck poop other than that a good place to exercise , fast pace walking . Super easy!

Soli Huckaby
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WalkingFee

Second time here. A few good trails. Well worth getting your steps in. $5 at the door and you’re ready to go!

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Beatriz Romero
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Hiking

it's a beautiful scenery, easy hike. love it

Jace Nguyen
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Hiking

My niece and nephews enjoyed it! It’s a great stroll for a family - just the right amount of nature and easiness.

Manny Meza
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Hiking

Nice trail the turtles were cool good for family. Overall great place to go for a hike especially for beginners. Didn’t mind paying the $6 parking worth it.

Lynsey Mikels
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Hiking

Easy nature walk!

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Kimmie M
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HikingBugs

Super fun as a nature walk with the family, you see kids of all ages. Safe for scrollers as well. At times you hit a little bit of an incline for those who have bad knees (like me) but their are plenty of benches and lookouts to get some rest. Great walk for something easy and fun for the family. Plenty of animals to see too. (Turtles, ducks and squirrels)

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Christian Douglass
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Hiking

Hidden gem in Long Beach

Amanda Ormonde
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Walking

lots of people. my kids loved the turtles. super cute and fun for kids

Danee Cuevas
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Jorge Nequiz
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super chido

john mccaleb
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Hiking

Nice trail for a short 2mile walk in the lbc. Good walk to stretch your legs

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Estefania Rodriguez
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Hiking

“Very nice stroll . Pretty nature . Lots of shade. Got to see lots of critters : squirrels; lizards; ducks; turtles.” Only down side is having to pay for parking but worth it.

Michelle C
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Hiking

Simply beautiful. Such a nice trail to walk through. Both the 1 and 2 mile are relatively easy.

Anel Arredondo
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Hiking

Very easy. Clean and peaceful. Went on a weekend so it was busy. Do recommend it oh no eating.

Crystal Snyder
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Hiking

Cute trail, very easy and extremely high traffic on a Sunday morning. Overall good hike and well marked.

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David Driscoll
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HikingFee

Excellent trail for families. 8 dollars to park. Three loops: 1/4 mile paved with easy access for strollers and wheelchairs. A 1 and 2 mile loop unpaved, but well kept with easy to moderate exertion with a stroller. Bathroom facilities at the 1 mile marker. Seasonal wildflowers and a plethora of wildlife to experience. No running, which is great, as the paths do not accommodate. The Nature Center provides programs, classes, events, and services that can be viewed on site or on the web. Relatively busy on the weekends, but not unbearable. Closed on Mondays and at sunset. Employees hike the loops, making the experience very safe. No professional photo shoots are allowed. Oh, and don’t feed the squirrels, they have been known to get feisty and sometimes aggressive.

Michael Nguyen
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Hiking

So far, this is my favorite hike. Beautiful trees and a beautiful path with many scenic moments to reflect on the deeper meanings of life. There's a 1/2 a mile paved hike, a 1 mile hike, and my favorite... the 2 mile hike. Closed on Mondays. For some strange reason, milestone #9 which is marked is my favorite location. There's a peaceful bench overlooking some tall trees. Great place to write a novel or reflect on your life.

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